Beryl Odren

Beryl J. Odren

Wednesday, December 28th, 1932 - Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
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Beryl J. Odren, 87, of Quincy, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at her home. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation services have been provided by Dutcher Funeral Home.
Beryl was born December 28, 1932 in Speen, Buckinghamshire, England to Reginald G. & Alice (Pocock) Janes. She married John E. Odren on January 21, 1954 in High Wycombe, Bucks, UK.
Mrs. Odren was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker. After her two children were into their school years she went back to school, earning her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. Beryl began her teaching career in 1973, teaching geography at Coldwater High School. Later she was instrumental in establishing the French language program there, and taught French for the remainder of her years with Coldwater High School.
Beryl enjoyed gardening and photography, and loved hearing from her former students. Later in life she enjoyed spending time with her three grandchildren.
Beryl is survived by her husband John; her sons David Odren (Gerardo Garcia) of Chicago, IL, and Michael (Kathie) Odren of Coldwater; her siblings Edward (Jean) Janes of Lacey Green, Bucks, UK and Shirley Boekbinder of Winslow, Bucks, UK; her grandchildren Elizabeth (Cameron) Long of Fort Wayne, IN, Amanda Odren of San Bruno, CA, and Jonathan Odren of Coldwater; and her great grandchildren Julia & Benjamin Long. She was preceded in death by her brother Maurice Janes.
Memorials may be directed to Habitat for Humanity,
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Posted at 08:17pm
I have such fond memories of French class with Mrs Odren. She was always so cheerful and enthusiastic that her classes were a favorite. I was a mediocre French student at best, but her patience and sweet nature kept me in four years and I can still hear her voice correcting pronunciation. I was class of 1988 so if anyone doubts that teachers impact for LIFE I’m here to say otherwise. Forever grateful to you Mrs Odren.

Ronda Mills

Posted at 05:35pm
Mrs. Odren was absolutely one of my favorite teachers at CHS. I loved listening to her stories in that lovely accent of hers! I have thought of her often over all of these years. A toast to you Mrs. Odren—you are adored and remembered! ❤️ Class of ‘88

Sarah Buys-McKenney

Posted at 09:44pm
Mrs. Odren was my French teacher at CHS and I have many fond memories of her, including our trip to France and England. I still tell stories to my family about my adventures in France with my classmates and of course, Mrs. Odren. My love of the language and French culture came from her and I send my condolences to her family and friends.

Douglas E Johnson

Posted at 07:38pm
Happy memories, your long time business, Douglas Johnson teaching @ CHS with you.
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Kirsten Skyba

Posted at 07:25pm
I am so deeply sad to lose Beryl. She will be dearly missed by her friends in Florida and her leaving makes a hole in our winter times. For the last 15 years, she and John were my parents' (Kurt & Margarete Skyba) wonderful neighbors.

Beryl was a dear person, with such a dry sense of humor, who loved a good debate. She and John were very close friends of my parents and me. I spent many Christmases with her and John, while visiting my mom and dad. I wish I could express how deeply her loss will be felt. My deepest sympathies on the loss of such a wonderful wife, mother and grand mother. It's always too soon to lose a remarkable person like Beryl and we will miss her always.

Kirsten Skyba

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