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Miyoko "Mickey" K. Begler
(March 31, 1930 - October 11, 2012)

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Miyoko K. Begler


Age 82 of Wilmington, passed away Thursday October 11, 2012 at Morris Hospital.

Born March 31, 1930 in Japan, Mickey was a daughter of Kikuzo and Uta Kasuya. She was raised and educated in Japan, where she was also a province track star in her youth. On June 14, 1956 Mickey married Charles William Begler in Tokyo and he preceded her in death on February 16, 2001. Mickey was an accomplished seamstress and worked out of her home prior to gaining employment with DeMert and Dougherty in Coal City, from where she retired in 1996 after 24 years of service. When her family was young, Mickey was a Den Leader for both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and she also remained active throughout the years cooking for the Lions Club, VFW and Moose Lodge. She greatly enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, playing cards, knitting and crocheting. Mickey was a tremendous Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Wilmington Bobcat and Wildcat fan. Mickey cherished her grandchildren and will be remembered for her Japanese cuisine, beautiful flower gardens and for being a mother to all who knew her.

Survivors include three sons: Chuck (Brenda) Begler, Tom (Ellen) Begler and Mike (Debbie) Begler, all of Wilmington; five grandchildren: Christy Begler (fiancé - Jeff Kircher) and Jason Begler of Wilmington, Samantha (Victor) Salinas of Morris, Damian Begler of Wilmington and Krystal (Jimmy) Glidic of Plainfield; seven great grandchildren: Nickolas, Nathan, Breanna, Trey, Alexa, Mason and Aiden; nieces and nephews: Deb (Paul) Vote of Wilmington, David (Betty) Dermott of Urbana, Larry (Reynalda) Christopher of South Carolina and David (Beverly) Christopher of Tennessee, as well as numerous additional nieces, nephews and cousins in Japan.

Mickey was preceded in death by her parents; husband Charles; grandchildren: C.J. Begler, Alicia Begler and Thomas Begler, Jr.; sister Fujiko (Norman) Christopher; sister-in-law: Shirley Allott and mothers and fathers-in-law: Simon and Mary Cinotto and Charles and Jesse Begler.

The family will receive friends on Saturday November 10, 2012 from 9:00AM until time of memorial service 12:00 Noon at Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler in Wilmington. Deacon Don Dyer will officiate and a family inurnment will take place in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood at a later date.

Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made as gifts in Mickey's memory to the C.J. Begler Scholarship Fund, c/o the Wilmington School District 209-U Foundation for Excellence, 209 Wildcat Court, Wilmington, Illinois 60481.

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Cremation and memorial services have been made under the direction and care of Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington. (815/476-2181)


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