Karla Ann Beckman

March 29, 1937January 24, 2021

In Loving Memory of Karla Ann Beckman

Karla Ann Beckman, 83, of Bonita, California, passed away on January 24, 2021 after a hard fought battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Daughter, sister, wife, mother, business woman, traveler, and friend. Karla had the finest qualities in each of these roles.

Karla was born on March 29, 1937 to Clarence and Calista Duling in Kalida, Ohio. As their daughter she grew up in Kalida working on the family farm. Long hours and a strong work ethic, as well as love of family, would serve her well for her entire life.

The strong bond of sisterhood started early. From childhood through adulthood Karla and her four sisters: Zella, Rita, Sarajane, and Linda, shared antics, trials, travels, fun times and memories that formed a bond that will endure beyond death.

Karla graduated from Kalida High School in 1955 and married James (Jim) Beckman, her high school sweetheart in 1957. They were married 63 years. In those years they loved and supported each other and raised two children, Donna and Daniel.

Karla and Jim moved to San Diego in 1969 with their two children. Shortly thereafter they bought a vending business they ran together for five years. In addition, Karla was a Real Estate Broker for more than 20 years and put innumerable clients into the homes of their dreams.

Karla and Jim loved to travel and toured the United States with their children until they were grown. When they retired in 1992 Karla and Jim continued to travel the United States visiting family, friends, classmates, Presidential Libraries and many other scenic locations. They also traveled to many places around the world.

Being with and around people was a great joy of Karla’s and she had many friends. Never knowing a stranger and always lending a helping hand she touched many people with her love and kindness.

Known for her ability to get things done, Karla always did more than her share in any endeavor she chose. Whether running the vending business with Jim, her own Real Estate business, raising her children, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grand children, or helping a friend she always went above and beyond, she will be greatly missed by all.

Karla was predeceased by her parents, Clarence and Calista Duling, sister, Elaine Duling, Brother-in-laws, Gene Thompson, Dennis Brinkman, and Dennis Nartker.

Karla is survived by her husband Jim Beckman; four sisters: Zella Thompson, Rita Brinkman, Sarajane Kuhlman (Gary), Linda Nartker,(Kenn), two children: Donna Vignapiano (Louis), Daniel Beckman (Lynn), grandchildren: Cassandra Beckman, Kyle Beckman (Aliyah), Emily Vignapiano, great-grandchildren: Tyler Beckman, Steven Beckman, Landyn Beckman.


Services will be held, on March 18th, 10 AM. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 450 Corral Canyon Rd., Bonita, CA. Regrettably, due to the current COVID-19 guidelines Karla’s internment at Holy Cross Cemetery will be a private family service following the funeral mass.

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18 March

Funeral Mass

10:00 am

Corpus Christi Catholic Church

450 Corral Canyon Road
Bonita, CA 91902


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Rebecca Rauber

February 16, 2021

A lovely woman who brought up wonderful kids--she will be missed by all who knew her. Much love to the families.

Stacy Nartker

February 11, 2021

Aunt Karla was an enigma for most of my childhood. I had an Aunt who lived in California who wasn’t a nurse?! It’s obvious to me now, but looking back, Aunt Karla was probably one of my first role models. She was the first woman I can remember having in my life that was different in a way that I could relate to. Small details were not lost on her; nicely manicured nails, fresh flowers, proper serveware on the dining table - I took notice and now in adulthood appreciate these small gestures.

I was her honorary grandchild before she has grandkids of her own. When she and Uncle Jim drove their RV to Ohio for a visit, she’d make me French toast every morning before school. She often took me with her to Beckman’s Jewelers, to assist in picking out a new piece of jewelry she wanted. I even recall her being a sport and jamming to Ace of Base on cassette tape in the Barbie mobile as we headed to the Lima Mall together. During a visit to see her and Uncle Jim and tour college campuses, she talked me into a pair of knee-high leather Nine West boots. It was August and I wore them home on the airplane and felt like a boss. She undoubtedly influenced my shopping habits and taste for finer things.

I’ll forever remember your class, attention to detail and generosity. Rest easy.

With caring thoughts,

Photo of us at Rodeo Drive

Jill Kuhlman

February 11, 2021

Karla was a second mom to Kevin and I when we lived in San Diego. We never went hungry and we always had a place to go to celebrate holidays and birthdays. When we had our girls, she loved on them and spoiled them. I remember when Hayden ripped off the top of her beautiful orchid on Easter and I was mortified! She laughed it off and said “that’s what kids do.” She was always happy and loved life to the fullest!


Terri Passanesi

February 11, 2021

Although I didnt know Karla really well, she always made me feel welcome when we came out to see family. She raised a wonderful daughter with a kind heart. That is a part of her legacy. Im sad for the family, but her memory will live on thru her wonderful family