Beatrice E. Hambley

DOLLAR BAY – Beatrice E. Hambley, 88, a resident of Dollar Bay, died on February 7, 2014, at her home.

She was born in Rock Creek Township, Ill., on December 14, 1925, a daughter of the late Frank H. and Gertrude E. (Kratz) Pontnak and was a 1943 graduate of the Polo Illinois High School.

Bea was first married to Gene Weigle in 1943. Together they had four daughters. In 1971, they were divorced.

Bea worked for many years for Bill Coffman’s grocery stores in the Polo and Mt. Morris, Ill. area. She worked her way from store clerk, to manager, to head bookkeeper, retiring from there.

On September 3, 1972, Bea married Donald “Red” Hambley in Las Vegas, Nev. The couple met while Don was living in the Stillman Valley, Ill. area. Later, they moved to Rhinelander, Wis., where they resided for many years. Following Don’s retirement, they moved to Dollar Bay to make their home.

Bea is survived by her husband of 41 years, Don “Red” Hambley of Dollar Bay; four daughters, Karen (Larry) Reap of Leavenworth, Kan., Sonja (Bill) Cross of Polo, Ill., Lynn Johnson of Augusta, Ga., Vicki (Butch) Woods of Mt. Carroll, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Patricia Miller of Mt. Morris, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Kenneth (Rhonda) Hambley of Byron, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Bea was also preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn; and three brothers, Allen, Don and Delmar.

As requested, cremation has taken place. There will be no public services. Arrangements are being handled by the Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home in Hancock, Antila Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at