nspirational; but as with any tough situation she encountered in life, she just "put on her big girl panties" and dealt with whatever came her way. The only thing she ever hated was cancer, which tore her heart to pieces by taking her brother, sister, and nephew -- and her three closest friends and confidants: Darlene Olson, Marlene Peck, and her very special friend, Joyce Wheeler. Beverly will be dearly missed by her loving family: husband, Gary; sons, Jaymi (Jill) & Jefri (Pam) Najdowski; daughter, Jodie Mender; stepsons, Chip (Shobha) & Andy (Jolie) Palmer; stepdaughter, Lauran (Dan) Kobe; 10 grandchildren, Zach, Danielle, Andrew, Amanda, Travis, Sarah, Kristen, Drew, Katie, and Brooke; sister, Audrey Schlichting; mother-in-law, Ruth; sister-in-law, Dona Palmer (Tom Spellman); and brother-in-law, Jeff (Anne) Palmer. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends. The family extends special thanks and gratitude to the UW Hospital oncology team, in particular Dr. Anne Traynor and Dr. Paul Harari and their staff, whose skill and dedication added years and quality to Bev's life, and to the nurses and aides on floor 6-B who treated her with enduring care and respect. Beverly was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald; sisters, Doris and Marion; father-in-law, Lyle Palmer; and nephew, Mark Bendickson. A mass celebrating the Life of Beverly will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 19, 2009 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 221 Frederick St, Belleville, with Father Ken Klink officiating. Friends may call at the church on Thursday, June 18, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to: Head and Neck Cancer Research at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.