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Norbert "Norb" Chrzanowski

November 3, 1939 — November 27, 2023


Norbert Thomas "Norb" Chrzanowski, 84 of Beardstown, died Monday, November 27, 2023 at his home.

He was born November 3, 1939 in Hamtramck, MI, the son of Walter and Irene Wisniewski Chrzanowski. He married Martha Jean Walsh on May 9, 1964 and she preceded him in death on September 8, 2012. He later married Patricia Jones Gyure on November 24, 2018 and she survives in Beardstown.

He is also survived by a son Eric (wife Lorie) Chrzanowski of Beardstown and their children Cody, Brittany, Zach, Sara, and Shawn Chrzanowski, and their granddaughter Alyzah; a son Robert Chrzanowski of Auburn; a step-son Eugene (wife Dianne) Gyure Jr. of Springfield and their daughter Amanda (husband Kyle)Koestner, a step-daughter Katrina (husband Stephen) Parshley of Alexandria, VA and their daughters Sarah (husband Jay) Sheth and Heather Parshley, a step-son Steven (wife Melissa) Gyure of Urbandale, IA, and their children Michaela, Julia, Michael and Lillian Gyure and a step-son James (wife Lisa Gyure) of Beardstown and their son Nathan Gyure; and his brother Jim (wife Bonnie) Chrzanowski. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, and a sister Barbara Benning.

Norb graduated from St. Ladislaus High School in Hamtramck, MI, and attended Walsh Business College. He began working with Gulf and Western Industries in Michigan and transferred to Bohn Aluminum in Beardstown. In 1984, Norb started his banking career with First State Bank in Beardstown, retiring from what is now known as West Central Bank in 2001. He was a wealth of knowledge when it came to numbers and banking. Norb was baptized and confirmed in the catholic faith and was an active member of St. Alexius Catholic church, serving as a faithful member. He was a member of the Beardstown Elks Lodge #1007 and Beardstown Kiwanis Club and was influential from the start of what locals recognize as Rose Day. He made it a mission to always select the perfect color of roses for his daughter-in-law and granddaughters. Norb coached Little League and Pony League and followed his son Eric's baseball career through college.

He had many hobbies, including traveling, golfing, bowling, watching sports (especially hockey and the Chicago Cubs), and playing cards (Bridge or Michigan Rummy). Norb had a passion for his Polish heritage and instilled the rich history within his family even if it was sharing their names in Polish or serenading in the native language at each birthday celebration. All those who loved him the most will miss his zeal for life.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Monday, December 4, 2023 at St. Alexius Catholic Church Beardstown. Burial will be in St. Alexius Catholic Cemetery. The family will meet with friends from 2-4 PM Sunday at Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown.

Memorials have been suggested to Cass County Food Pantry. Condolences may be left online at or on Facebook at Colwell Memorial Home.



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Service Schedule

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Sunday, December 3, 2023

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Colwell Memorial Home and Crematory

515 S State St, Beardstown, IL 62618

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Monday, December 4, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

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