GRANVILLE – Bernadette (Karpinski) Beckman, 86, (1935-2022) passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Memory support of Heritage Hall. She was born in Bellows Falls, VT to the late Antoni and Czeslawa (Szulborski) Karpinski, the last of their eleven children.
Bernadette began her career at Mass Mutual after graduating from Northampton Commercial College. After marrying and moving to Granville, she started her family and later worked as a mail contractor for the US Postal Service delivering mail to Granville and Tolland for nearly 20 years. She loved to travel and visited most of the United States and took her bucket list trip to Hawaii in 2012. She loved to play the piano, tell a joke, rake leaves and tend to her flower gardens. Mostly, Bernadette loved caring for her family and spending time with them. She was an essential part of running the family businesses.
Sadly, she was predeceased by her husband John L. Beckman, Jr. and her ten siblings. Bernadette is survived by her four loving children, John L. Beckman, III and his wife Susan of Blandford, Ernest A. Beckman of Lee, Mark A. Beckman and his wife Sarah of Granville, and Debra E. Midkiff and her husband Tobias of Belleville, IL and her six cherished grandchildren, Alexander and Samantha Midkiff, Sierra and Nicholas Beckman, Talan and Holden Beckman and many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Home Service will be held Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 2:30PM in the Firtion Adams Funeral Home, 76 Broad St., Westfield, MA 01085. Visiting hours will precede the service from 12:30-2:30PM in the funeral home. Burial will be at the convenience of her family in Spring Hill Cemetery, Tolland, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Granville Ambulance Association. www.firtionadams.com