Beverly Levin Copeland

Profile Updated: January 23, 2018
Residing In: Morton Grove, IL USA
Spouse/Partner: Sheldon M. Coeland
Occupation: Editor & Publisher of Glass Focus for 28 years
Children: Rai born 1961
Erin born 1963
Sean born 1967
Francie born 1968
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Attending Reunion



University of Ilinois
Married at 19
First child at 20;
four children by age 27
Stay at home mom
Returned to college at Northeastern Illinois University in 1981
Graduated with BA, majored in English Literature; minored in Women's Studies
Worked at Morton Grove Public Library as Information Associate for 18 years

Began writing and publishing Glass Focus in 1987
First granchild, Colin born in 1990
Lost my second child Erin, at age 29 in an auto accident while she was living in Italy in 1993.
Second grandchild, Evan born in 1994.
Grandaughter, Isabel, born in 1998.
Started The Erin Copeland Building Minds With Books Project in 1995. Over the years our family has distributed thousands of books to underprivileged children at schools, shelters, etc. in Erin's memory.

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Add Your Answer Here Working against gun violence and sex trafficking and domestic abuse, also working for immigration reform.

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Dec 29, 2020 at 4:33 AM
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Apr 05, 2019 at 9:08 PM

Posted on: Apr 05, 2019 at 7:43 PM

Hi Carol,
Happy Birthday from an "old" friend1

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Posted on: Mar 30, 2019 at 6:24 PM

Hi Steve,
Last time we saw each other was at your super-special Byer Museum in Evanston. I published an international newsletter on contemporary glass art ,Glass Focus: Your Window to the Glass World, and met Rebecca through that. Thru her I learned about Benjamin. My heart goes out to you and your family. I lost my 29 year old daughter, Erin, in a tragic car accident in Italy. It's been over 25 years. I have a wonderful life yet my heart still aches for her and she's always in my thoughts.My nephew Robert Levin was a friend of
Benjamin's at ETHS. OPRFHS seems very long ago, but we were very fortunate to have had the youths we had. Also, we attended a formal dance together and you took me to the Palmer House afterwards. Enjoy you birthday AS MUCH AS YOU CAN! BEST, BEV LEVIN COPELAND.

Dec 29, 2018 at 4:33 AM
Dec 05, 2018 at 8:26 AM

My memories of you and all the fun we had in 7th and 8th grade - your beautiful big house and your sweet mom! Hope you had a wonderful day! Bev Levin Copeland

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Jan 29, 2018 at 12:48 PM

Posted on: Jan 23, 2018 at 4:44 PM

OPRFHS news:Today's Chicago Tribune published an article on "A Schooling from Suburbs:" America to Me goes deep and wide on race, education...a 10- part documentary on the OPRFHS community, filmed during the 2015-2016 school year. The documentary is currently being screened at Sundance Film Festival

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Dec 29, 2016 at 4:33 AM
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Apr 23, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Pat was a sweet girl. I remember her from OPRFHS  when she dated my dear friend Rod Sher, Class of 58, who died last year. Pat lived on Lake St. I believe.

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Jan 12, 2017 at 11:21 PM

Posted on: Jan 28, 2016 at 10:22 AM

Hi Bill,
I never knew you in high school
But I loved reading your stories and snarky asides! I do remember Dave Gordon and Barry Kipnis, as the Jewish kids were a very small minority and all knew each other from synagogue or youth group.
I was struck by your comments on the loss of your dear wife and the grief and emptiness that follow. Happily my husband of 54 years is still with me, but my second daughter, Erin was also killed in a tragic accident while living in Italy. That was over 22 years ago and it is still unbelievable. It took about five years before I felt some lessening of the despair and sadness I had been carrying. Good luck to u and you have my deepest sympathy. You will rebuild your life and go on to new joys and adventures, but that could take a while. However, your memories of your beloved Carol will remain with you forever.
Bev Levin Copeland

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Apr 13, 2018 at 8:18 PM

Posted on: Apr 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Wishing you a Happy Birthday! Spent a two days with Jeffrey and Sara, had a lovely time. Hear you may be moving into Susan's building! Regards, Bev Levin Copeland

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Bev -
at one of her favorite places - The Chicago Botanical Gardens
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The Copeland Family + one
Francie (someone's boyfriend) Rai, Shelly, Bev, Erin, Sean,
around 1980.
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Bev & Shelly - 1960
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Copeland Kids and the Snoopy Kids
Around 1972
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Bev - around 1946
The flower girl
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I rediscovered bike riding about three years ago and love it!
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Bev & Shelly
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Francie, Rai, Scott (Fran's husband), Sean, Isabel, Evan, Robyn (Sean's partner), Bev
Where are Shelly, Bill and Colin?
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Grandson Evan's Bar Mitzvah - 2007
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Bev & Shelly
45th Anniversary 2006