Elizabeth Abena Bekoe , 70

Elizabeth Abena Bekoe
Hyde Park-Kenwood resident Elizabeth Abena Bekoe (nee Osei) was the beloved wife of Benjamin Bekoe and devoted mother of Kwaasibea Bekoe Osaghae, Oteng Bekoe, and Osei Bekoe.

Bekoe earned her BSc and Master of Arts from Chicago State University and taught at Hyde Park, Harper, and Clemente high schools, specializing in Special Needs education.

“She was one of the most respected professionals, exhibiting extraordinary integrity, confidentiality and warmth in all settings,” said Beverly Ross Normand,
Ph.D., Retired CPS Specialist, Retired Religion/Race Commissioner & Retired Communications Co-Chair at South Shore. “ She most recently helped me with consultations on African wardrobe designs for several months after our 2017 Kwanzaa, and, as always, was meticulous, hardworking, patient, and charitable.”

Bekoe was a founding member of the South Shore United Methodist, a loyal member of the ushers department, and provider of help for various Work Areas.

Bekoe’s passing is a great loss to the Chicago and Kumasi, Ashanti Region in Ghana, West Africa. In lieu of flowers, husband Benjamin Bekoe, has suggested that condolences/contributions be sent to the family c/o South Shore United Methodist Church, 7350 S. Jeffery Blvd., Chicago, Illinois, in memory of his beloved wife, Elizabeth Abena Bekoe.

A viewing will be held on Friday, Sept. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at A.R. Leak & Sons Funeral home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the church, 7350 S. Jeffery Blvd., with fellowship beginning at 10 a.m. and funeral at 11 a.m. Interment immediately after church services at Oak Woods Cemetery, 1037 E. 67th St.

The Traditional Ghanaian Celebration of Life will be held at Teamsters Union Auditorium, 328 S. Marshfield Ave., from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.