The world lost one of its sweetest, kindest, and most joyful souls when Beatrice Ann Planisek, age 74, peacefully took her last breath. She passed away at her daughter’s home in Euclid, Ohio on November 30, 2016 as soon as the evening rain started falling.
Bea was born at Woman’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio on July 5, 1942 to Wilbur Blizzard and Mildred Annabelle Turner (nee Newlen). In 1960, she graduated from Lutheran High School – West. She lived in Cleveland, Ohio for most of her life, except a brief stint in California she never said much about so this time remains a mystery.
Working in the service industry, she took pride in a job well done. She was a cashier at Woolworth in downtown Cleveland and the Peanut Shoppe in the Terminal Tower. She knew a lot about nuts from her time at the Peanut Shoppe, that knowledge was probably pretty useful to her while raising her children. For the last several years, she worked as a cashier at McDonald’s. She adored her regular customers. She knew their names, what they would order, and a lot about their lives. When a customer was having a tough time in life, she would make cards for them.
Always eager to comfort anyone going through a rough spot, making cards for others was a calling she enjoyed. She started this when her son, Davis, joined the Marine Corps. She sent cards and care packages to Marines deployed overseas and to the families of fallen Marines. She would search for the perfect image and verse to send in order to bring peace. She dedicated many hours to creating those cards.
She was honored to be a Marine Mom, driving around town in a car covered with Marine Corps bumper stickers. She proudly wore Marine Mom t-shirts. After her son was deployed to Haiti, she started collecting shoes to send to the people of Haiti and her house was usually full of boxes of shoes to send. She would be very grateful for others to continue sending shoes to Haiti in her honor.
Singing hymns and old time gospel songs – LOUDLY and mostly off key was a source of great joy for her; she loved baking – she made the BEST “Tunnel of Fudge” cake until Pillsbury discontinued the required frosting mix. She used up a lot of time trying to duplicate the cake after that but it was never the same – just like life will never be the same without her. She loved crocheting blankets, scarves, and ponchos to give friends and family. She was an excellent gardener, planting all of her flowers from seeds and tenderly caring for them as they grew. She kept up with current events and almost every day would share what the news, starting the conversation excitedly with “did you hear?”.
She always picked out the perfect gifts for others. She paid a lot of attention to little things people liked so she could surprise the recipient. She was always early for everything, a trait her children, unfortunately, did not inherit much to her dismay. She often said, “if you’re five minutes early, then you’re late.”
The joy of Christmas was always in her heart. She decorated every inch of her house. It was like Christmas exploded all over when she started decorating. Every year, she bought a cake that said “Happy Birthday, Jesus”. She wanted to make sure everyone knew Jesus is the Reason for the Season. She collected Nativity Scenes which were displayed year round. There are a lot of them!
Her biggest source of pride was being a mother. She was our biggest cheerleader, comforter, and confidante. She forgave a lot and sacrificed much in order to provide for us. She was at every event in our lives no matter where it was or what she had to give up in order to be there. She always insisted we were on time and ready. She kept better track of our schedules than we did. She made sure we had experiences to make us well rounded. She sang hymns, read to us, took us to plays and concerts, made sure we attended church, and that our homework was finished – even after we were all grown up. It seems like it will be impossible without her, but she did everything to prepare us. One of the last things she said was, “Remember, you learn something new every day, you just have to pay attention.”
She leaves a daughter, Larissa (Devon) Malcolm; a son, Davis Aguila, of Cleveland, Ohio; a younger sister, Jeanette (Robert) Bellas, of Rock Creek, Ohio; a “bad ass dog” named Blue; a turtle, McGyver; and three “grand-dogs”, Shiloh, Zeus, and Kate to try to figure out how to navigate this life without her expert guidance and staunchly held opinions. She was proceeded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Mildred “Annabelle” Turner; many beloved uncles, and aunts; and her dogs Puddles, Tumbleweed, Siren, Hobo, and Irie.
The family will receive friends 4-7 PM FRIDAY DECEMBER 9, 2016 AND 12-3 PM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016 AT BODNAR-MAHONEY FUNERAL HOME 3929 LORAIN AVE. CLEVELAND.
A memorial service is being planned for a future date at Unity Lutheran Church, 4542 Pearl Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44109. Per her request we will be singing some of her favorite hymns, LOUDLY – on or off-key.
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So sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Let me know if you need anything.
Davis and family I pray that God’s comfort be with you all at this time.
I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. Please be assured that your work family is keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. One of my favorites:
I am home in heaven, dear ones;
Oh so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in heaven at last.
Did you wonder how I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh, but Jesus’ love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.
And he came himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus’ arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?
Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth’s shadows,
Pray to trust our Father’s will.
There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remains,
You shall rest in Jesus’ land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
My deepest condolences,
Larissa, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, she is now your forever “ANGEL”
My thoughts and prayers are with you and family!
Larissa, your mom raised one incredibly beautiful daughter and is looking down smiling at all the things you do to help others, just as she taught.
I know you will miss her deeply. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your brother.
Always here for you.
My condolences to the family. Bea will be missed by everyone who has ever met her. Rest in Heaven Bea, you have always been an angel.
My friend miss bea rest in heaven you will be missed I known you a short while but I learned some things from you you were very caring and loved I feel like am a part of your family your son and daughter treated me with respect at all times I wish I could see your cute little face one more time rest up. Valerie
Larissa, what a beautiful tribute!!!! My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with you and your family! What a very special lady and a wonderful mother! I know she will be missed by so many!
This is an awesome story if your mom and the life she lived! I’m sure it only compares to the actual woman she was. She is now making cards delivering service at peace! May God be with you and your family at this time!
Rest in Peace Ms. Bea. My deepest condolences to her family and love ones.
Jesus said to her,”I am the resurrection and the life the one who believes in me will live even though they die;
Your words touched my heart and made me feel as if I knew your amazing mom!! What a blessing to have had such a loving mommy who did so much for others and taught you what real loves looks and feels like. She clearly left her mark on you. Your words did her beautiful soul true justice and although no one can replace her, be comforted by all the memories and traditions she instilled in you. My condolences
Larissa and Davis,
I am so sorry for your loss. Reading this made me remember the time I first meet Bae and how wonderful she was to me and my family when I used to live across the street from her. I always loved her house and the color it had and I loved her garden. I remember her garden and remember her baking. So sweet she will be missed and she will always be in my heart and thoughts. I always loved seeing her at work, such a dedicated woman. She never forgot who I was, always remembering me. May she rest in peace. I will keep you and Davis and her family in my prayers.
To Davis and Larissa I’m sorry for your loss . your mom was a sweet loving caring person she would always give me me the best advice about family problems she just seemed to always have a answer and the right one at that moment your mom taught me a lot . may her kind caring sweet sprit live on in all of us . God bless
My condolences to not only the family but, to everyone that knew her and was blessed with her presence. Beatrice (Bea, as we, her McDonalds family, knew her) was a vibrant, outspoken woman that spoke her mind and shared her life stories. She would give advice whether we liked it or not and she would listen to those that needed to be heard. She made sure customers were taken care of fairly and equally. Bea had a soul like no other. And now she has earned her wings to be with the big guy. I am blessed to know Beatrice Planisek. Thank you God for allowing a whole hearted human being in my life to know her, learn her ways and to teach me along the way. God Bless.
I had a chance to message with your wonderful mother a few weeks ago. She was a fighter til the end. My prayer are with her children, I know this Christmas will never be the same without her. But she would want you both to celebrate it in her memory.
Im so sorry for your loss.. Ive met your mother many times at her job, she did indeed know my order, When we were in school any and every time id see her she always took time to chat. Your mother was a incredibility wonderful women. Mrs.bea rest in heaven. Davis shes your guardian angel now!!
So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She sounds like a wonderful spirit I know she will be missed dearly. She’s at peace now, no more pain.
I am so sorry to hear of your beloved mother’s passing. She definitely was your cheerleader. I have very fond memories of her at Lincoln Middle School. Your tribute to her is one of the most heartfelt and comical ones I’ve ever read. She truly did lift you up whenever you were in her presence.
Hugs and prayers,
Ms. Kathleen Merk
Lincoln Middle School/Luis Munoz Marin
I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you.
Love you Miss B ! Glad to have worked the overnight shift with you 2014-15 . I loved working with you and talking to you ! I know you really cared about me as I did for you . & you will always be in my heart as long as I live so honored to have known you
My condolences and prayers to you Larissa and your family.. May God continue to provide His blessings and guidance for you! MMH
Prayerd and comfort to you and your family. I ll be praying for you my friend.Blessings.
Heaven is awaiting this special angel who embraced her call and gift in this life. She did what the Lord called her to do and seemed to have done it with genuine love for humanity. I pray healing for you and your family. Enjoy all your memories of her. Decorate like she would have.
Eve L. Smith
I work at the Catholic Charities Geauga office. I am so sorry for your loss occurring this holiday season. May God comfort you along with your wonderful memories that were shared in the lovely obituary.
Dear Larissa, Davis and Devon,
I have known your Mother for 53 yrs. She worked at a nuts and bolt factory and me at H.N. White, Musical Co. When she worked at Murphy’s we would met for lunch, at their famous luncheon round bar counter. It was famous back in the day. We met in 1963. Before President Kennedy got shot.
Well Miss Bea I am going to miss our weekly calls Saturday and Sunday. With Love Trudy, John , Kelly,Paula,Dave, Davey, Alden, and Amelia.
My condolences and prayers to both of you and your family and friends. She was truly an angel and a wonderful woman. May she rest in peace.
What a heartwarming tribute. There are no words that can ease the pain of such a loss. My condolences to you and your family.