Obituaries

Beverly May Smoczynski

May 29, 1937 - April 6, 2019

Beverly May Natzel Smoczynski, 81, of St. Charles, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

 Beverly was a woman who both commanded and deserved respect and admiration.  She was exceptionally bright, adventurous and had a gift for being able to understand and relate to people.  Beverly was a doer who led by example. She was a quiet force of nature in both her home and business, and she would do anything to protect and care for those she loved.  She had an understated strength that those who knew her best greatly admired. 

 She was born May 29, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from Carl Schurz High School. She and her husband, Frank, were high school sweethearts, and were married on November 26, 1954, right before Frank left to serve in the U.S. Army.

 After Frank returned from service, he and Beverly worked together to start their own business, Perfect Plastic Printing, in 1965. Although neither of them attended college, they had some relevant experience from their previous jobs, and worked hard to learn what they needed to know to be successful. Under their leadership, the company grew to about 225 employees and became one of the largest credit card manufacturers in the United States. They treated their employees like family and were always willing to lend a helping hand where it was needed.

 Beverly was a very devout Catholic and sent all three of her children to St. Mary School in Elgin, Illinois. Religion was a big part of the family’s life; through their strong faith in God, Beverly and Frank were able to persevere through both personal and professional challenges, and to maintain a strong moral and ethical foundation for their business. They led the Queen of Americas Guild, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering awareness of and devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Additionally, Beverly was dedicated to her church, St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles, Illinois.

 Beverly had impeccable taste.  She dressed impeccably, and she had a real flair for interior design. She enjoyed international travel, she was a gourmet cook, and she was a voracious reader.  Beverly had a beautiful singing voice and enjoyed singing with her church choir for over 15 years. 

 In addition to being a loving mother and wife, a faithful Catholic and a successful entrepreneur, Beverly was also a generous philanthropist — though she and Frank were very private about just how generous they were. She donated to her parish and other organizations within the Catholic church, played a significant role in helping St. Patrick build a new school, was very involved in donating to medical research, and was willing to help any cause that asked for support. She was generous with all her family members, paying for her grandchildren’s education and stepping in when family members needed help.

She is survived by her husband, Frank; three children, Matthew Smoczynski (Suzanne), Elisa Smoczynski, and Christopher Smoczynski (Mary); one brother, Leslie Natzel; six grandchildren, Merri Chocola (Adam), Ryan, Hannah, Isabel, Maggie, and Amelia Smoczynski: and one great-grandchild, Mason. Beverly will be missed by all of her extended family, whom she loved dearly.  She in preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Helen Natzel.

Visitation will be held Thursday April 11, 2019 4:00PM - 8:00PM at Moss-Norris Funeral Home 100 South Third Street, St. Charles.

Arrangements handled by Moss-Norris Funeral Home 630-584-2000 or www.mossfuneral.com

Guest Book

  • Harley and Rhonda Price I've always felt that people come into our live's for reason. On behalf of my family our Sincere Condolence.
  • Gloria Steinhauser Very sorry and saddened to hear of Bev's passing. My deceased husband (Bob) met Frank and Bev about 50 years ago through mutual friends and went on to seeing them fairly regularly. They introduced us to Rhinelander where we traveled with them on several occasions and have very happy memories (fishing for muskies with Frank) and many wonderful dinners at localsteak houses. Bev was a very gracious hostess and a wonderful cook.She will certainly be missed, and I wish the most sincere condolences to her entire family. Will also never forget the two trips with them to the shrine at Guadalupe, Mexico . God be with you, Bev!
  • Marianne and Mark Dyer Beverly brought us joy, made us laugh, and gave a lasting gift of a beautiful life blessing our memories forever. Thanking God for Beverly's life and thinking of your family in sympathy during this difficult time.
  • Joe & Emily Renforth Emily and I were shocked and saddened when we heard of Beverly’s passing. I first met Bev as a customer and then had the privilege of working for Perfect Plastic for 27 years. I always enjoyed my chats with Bev and Frank when I came to plant for meetings. I will remember her fondly and keep her and her family in my thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace