Virginia Beauchene

Hanover, N.H. — Virginia Beauchene, 89, passed away in the comfort of her home following a long illness with cancer on Saturday, March 30, 2013.

She was born on Feb. 3, 1924 in Sparta, Wis. to the late Clarence and Maureen (Orndorf) Jones. Virginia was born and raised in Sparta on the family farm. Following graduation from Sparta High School in 1942 she began working in Bloomington, Ill., for State Farmers Insurance; she worked for them several years. She married Orvie Beauchene on March 13, 1944. Orvie was serving in the Army where he was stationed at Camp McCoy in Sparta; they met while roller skating. Following Orvie’s discharge from the Army they moved to Etna, N.H., for a short while and settled in Hanover. This is where they raised their three sons and a daughter. Virginia stayed at home to raise their children and help manage Orvie’s business. She enjoyed baking, flower gardening, bowling and traveling to Wisconsin to visit with her sister. She was a long time member of the Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hanover.

She is survived by her daughter, Marie Zawatski of South Strafford, Vt., and two sons, Michael Beauchene of West Lebanon, N.H., Richard Beauchene of Plainfield, N.H.; a nephew, Clay Jones of Willits, Calif.; five grandsons and one great grandson. She was predeceased by a son, David, and sister, Esther Burnham of Sparta Wis.

Family and friends are invited to calling hours at Ricker Funeral Home in Lebanon on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A funeral will be celebrated on Thursday, April 4 at 2 p.m. at the Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hanover. On Friday at 10 a.m. Committal prayers will be at the Hanover Center Cemetery in Hanover Center. An online guest book is available by visiting