Beverly "Bev" Jean Van Wert

beverly jean van wert
Beverly "Bev" Jean Van Wert, 80, of Traverse City, formerly of Gladwin and Bay City, passed away on the morning of Sunday, October 22, 2017 in Traverse City. Beverly was born on January 5, 1937 in Bay City to the late Melvin and Helen (Telfer) Schutt.  She graduated from T. L. Handy High School in 1954.  Bev married James Raymond Van Wert on July 30, 1955 at St. Hyacinth Church.  Bev and Jim enjoyed 45 years of marriage before his passing on April 23, 2001. Bev worked her way up from a Tupperware dealer, to a manager, and then ultimately the owner of a Tupperware Franchise Distributorship with her husband, Jim.  Bev and Jim retired in 1990 and then moved to their lake house in Gladwin, where they enjoyed entertaining friends and family. Bev had a way of touching people’s hearts and making lasting connections with them. Bev is survived by her longtime companion, Wesley Tait; her children and their spouses, Kenneth and Carolyn Van Wert of Gladwin; David Van Wert of Cle Elum, WA; Lori and Larry Brownell of Traverse City; 9 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and one sister Barbara Sulski of Bay City.  In addition to her parents and her husband, Bev was preceded in death by sister, Audrey Pierson of Bay City. Beverly's family will be present to receive visitors on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Vigil at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Friday, October 27, 2017, Beverly will be taken to Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish (St. Hyacinth Church), 1515 Cass Ave., Bay City, where visiting will continue from 9:00 AM until the time of her 10:00 AM Funeral Liturgy. Fr. Rick Filary will officiate with the Rite of Committal to follow in Floral Gardens Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association ( Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at

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  1. My condolences to the family. I’ve not had the opportunity to see your Mother in years but I have such great memories of the good times we had together in Tupperware. Jerry and I were in Kalamazoo and Bev and Jim in Gladwin ….many a phone call. Wonderful couple. Beverly will be missed .

  2. Lori, Larry, David, Carolyn, and Kenny
    We were so sorry to hear of Bev passing. Know that she will be missed by her family and all that her friendship touched. Over the 45 years that we have know her we shared many good times with her and Jim. We sat by either their kitchen table or ours sometime in to the early morning just laughing and sharing good times. Know she will be happy to join Jim as they rest in peace. Our prayers are with you and all your children.

  3. Dear Lori,
    I am so saddened to hear of the news about your mother’s passing. Through the years I felt as if I knew her through you.
    Our thoughs and prayers are with you and your family. You have always been such and incredible and caring daughter and watching you look after your mom in the last few years was an inspiration.
    Sabrina Wheaton

  4. Lori & Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. What a wonderful woman. So full of love & life. You & Larry did such a loving job of caring for her in her last years. Please reach out if there’s anything we can do for you or your family. ?? Sara & Tom Brown

  5. Sending prayers to the family.. Bev and Jim were great people..She will be missed as much as Jim has been.They are together again.. God be with you and your family.. She was my Tupperware friend and distributor..Have great memories.

  6. Dave and Nancy, Thinking of you today. Sending you tons of love. I know your Mom will be greatly missed. Sarah

  7. To the Van Wert family… it is with great sorrow that I read about the passing of Beverly. She and Jim were my Tupperware Distributors from 1979 – 1988, in Harrison, MI. They were a very devoted Tupperware couple who helped each of us grow in our own individual way but with a profound and positive influence, especially from Bev. Some of the BEST years of my life were spent with Bev and our Tupperware family and I will always remember her with Love and Respect and Devotion. She’s with Jim now and they both are Blessed beyond measure because of the Love they had for Jesus. God Bless each of you… she loved you, oh so much!

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