Beverly Overmyer, 83, of Valparaiso passed away Monday, July 11, 2022. She was born March 4, 1939 in Chicago, beloved daughter of Francis & Marian (Erickson) Bainbridge. Beverly received a B.A. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and plied her trade locally as the nature columnist for the Vidette-Messenger. She was also a skilled textbook editor and received an Elementary Education degree with which she practiced liberally on her own offspring. Any natural wildlife would immediately become the focus of her attention, especially the opportunity to birdwatch. Volunteering at the Independent Cat Society brought fulfilment to her soul, and attendance at Merrillville Community School orchestra concerts with Gary brought joy to her heart, as her daughter was the director.  She also brought joy to the musicians’ hearts, many of whom still harbor warm remembrances of her kind gestures.
On August 11, 1984 she married Richard “Gary” Overmyer who survives along with her children; Marc Rosenthal (Angela Elbert) of Evanston, IL & Diane Rosenthal (Charley Harrison) of Miller, IN/Santa Monica, CA, and grandchildren; Benjamin & Rebecca Kowalski, Robert & Eric Rosenthal.
A visitation will be held Friday from 4 – 6 pm at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso with memorial service beginning at 6:00 pm. Memorial donations may be made to the Independent Cat Society, Westville, IN or to Lewy Body Dementia Assn. (

I will never forget how Bev brought me along as a new volunteer and room parent in Disco at ICS. She welcomed me with open arms from the first time we met. A little bit of her will always remain in Disco. You will never be forgotten, Bev. The orange Boys and I love you.  -Mitzi McGlone 

My sincere condolences to you and your family.  -Nora Frisk 

My sincere sympathy to you,Gary and family in the passing of Beverly. May you feel the peace of God each day.  -Mary Spruitenburg 

Gary & Family, So sorry to hear of the passing of Beverly. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will be unable to attend her service on Friday. May your grief turn to smiles along this long road of life. Blessings,  -Bob & Pam Westfall


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