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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines
Rosary Service at 8:00 pm


Wednesday, January 16, 2013
10:30 am
Christ the King Catholic Church
5711 SW 9th Street
Des Moines


Resthaven Mausoleum
West Des Moines


Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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Bea Anderson

Bernice “Bea” Anderson, 88, passed away January 5, 2013, at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, FL. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Des Moines, with burial at Resthaven Mausoleum.

Bea was born December 17, 1924, to Dominic and Elizabeth (Mahr) Boyle in Sioux City, Iowa. She grew up in Sioux City and graduated from Central High School there. After meeting and marrying Daniel K. Sherk, they moved to Des Moines. They had two children: Thomas and Cathy.

Bea loved dancing and partying, was an amazing cook, loved entertaining family and friends, and she never met a stranger. Survivors include her daughter, Cathy Sherk; her grandchildren, Stephanie (Scott) Tripoli, Thomas Sherk, and Vanessa “Susie” (Tony) Braaksma; 5 great grandchildren; her sister Mary Lou Zimmerman; and many nieces and nephews of the Boyle family. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Daniel Sherk; her second husband, Donald Anderson; her son, Thomas; her sister, Carmel Couchman; and her brothers: Dominic, Walter, George, and Gene Boyle.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street in Des Moines, with a Rosary being said at 8:00 p.m.

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