Mariella “Beanie” Kleinschmidt, age 67, of Woodstock, passed away January 12, 2022. She was born on December 29, 1954, in Woodstock, to Gerald and Geraldine (Dwyer) Donahue. She married Don Kleinschmidt on November 5, 1982 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Crystal Lake, IL.
Beanie grew up in Woodstock and attended St. Mary’s School; and graduated from Marian Central Catholic High School in 1973.
Beanie had a loving and caring heart. She took endless joy in raising her own children. She ran an in-home daycare for several years, and loved those children like her own. She was a proud Grandmother “Oleo-B”, known for late night milkshakes and late night TV, a loving wife to Don, and the sweetest dog owner to her “baby” Bailey. She spent the last years of her life caring for her mother, Geraldine, time she truly cherished.
Beanie was the life of the party; the last to arrive and the last to leave. You were lucky to be her partner in Euchre, often on the winning team. Beanie had a deep connection to music; you could find her cutting a rug on the dance floor or belting out the lyrics to her favorite Tom Petty songs.
Beanie radiated light and warmth. To say she cared deeply for her loved ones is an understatement. She was empathetic, patient, and kind; a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on. She never missed a birthday or a beat. She will be so deeply missed by all who knew her.
Beanie is survived by her loving husband Don, children, Ryan (Jenny) Kleinschmidt, Heidi Kleinschmidt (Michael), Julie Kleinschmidt (Nathan); her mother Geraldine; Grandchildren, Connor and Abby Kleinschmidt and Jackson Cagala; brothers and sisters, Jerry “Mike” (Rose) Donahue John (Denise) Donahue, Sarah “Sally” Schaefer, Lynn (Philip) Stewart, James Donahue and David (Rhonda) Donahue, mother-in-law Eloise Kleinschmidt, sister-in-law Janet (Glen) Nesbo and many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and her loving and faithful dog Bailey.
She was preceded in death by her father, Gerald Donahue, her father-in-law William Kleinschmidt, and her Goddaughter, Jenny Schaefer.
The memorial visitation will be held Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 10:00am until the service at 1:00pm at Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home 1211 N. Seminary Ave. Woodstock, IL 60098. To view the livestream of the service click here.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Beanie’s name to Turning Point or Helping Paws.
Helping Paws Animal Shelter
2500 Harding Lane, Woodstock IL 60098
P.O.Box 723, Woodstock IL 60098