Published On: Wed, Jul 27th, 2011

Obituary – Esther H. Becker

Esther H. Becker

HARTINGTON — Esther H. Becker, 82, Hartington, died peacefully after a brief battle with brain cancer July 22, 2011, at the Golden Living Center, Hartington.
Visitation and a Vigil Service were July 25 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, and continued Tuesday at the church one hour prior to services.
Mass of Christian Burial was July 26 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington.
Burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Hartington.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington.

Pallbearers were Justin Becker, John Becker, Travis Ekeren, Paul Becker, Steven Uhl, Tanner Ekeren, Brady Ekeren, Michael Uhl, Beau Becker and Rex Becker.
Honorary pallbearers were her Prayer Group and her Special Friends.
Born Nov. 28, 1928, in Flasher, N.D., to John and Ricka (Anderson) Martin, the family relocated to Hartington, where Esther and her siblings, Arlene, Jack and Maxine, enjoyed sleigh-riding in the winter and horseback riding in the summer. Esther graduated from Hartington High School in May 1946 and moved to Omaha to attend school to become a weather dispatcher for the airlines. After graduating, Esther worked for both the county agents and county treasurer’s office as a secretary. Esther married her sweetheart, Roman “Bud” Becker Aug. 18, 1948. Her greatest accomplishment was raising and nurturing her nine children. Together, Esther and Bud owned and operated Becker Flying Service, and in the early days of their business, Esther could be seen flagging the fields and moving the irrigation pipes up and down rows of corn, while Bud sprayed the fields with his airplane. For years after, Esther supported the business from the office, keeping books, taking calls, and talking with Bud, Steve and Tom over the CB-radio.
When Esther wasn’t spending time with one of her children or grandchildren, or helping Bud with the business, you could find Esther where she felt most at home — in her church.
Esther’s commitment to Catholic education was felt by the whole community — for more than 20 years, she served as secretary for both Holy Trinity and Cedar Catholic High School, taught prayer class for 11 years, and was involved in the Quest movement for freshman and sophomores. She enjoyed her weekly prayer group meetings with dear friends and often volunteered at the Golden Living Center, leading prayer groups, giving manicures and praying with the sick and dying.
She is survived by her husband, Bud; son, Tom (Gail) Becker and grandchildren, Tiffany (Bobby), John (Emily) and Janelle Becker, Hartington; daughter-in-law, Sheane (Ron) Hatch and grandchildren, Justin, Carissa (Shaun) Finn, and Paul Becker, Yankton, S.D.; daughter, Pam (Ken) Schaefer and granddaughter, Katie, Yankton, S.D.; daughter, Deanna (Dave) Uhl and grandsons, Steven and Michael, The Woodlands, Texas; son, Kevin (Tena) Becker, Yankton, S.D.; son, Terry Becker, Yankton, S.D.; daughter, Kristi (David) Ekeren and grandchildren, Brady and Sarah, Yankton, S.D.; daughter, Jana (Dan) Ekeren and grandsons, Travis and Tanner, Yankton, S.D.; son, Chuck (Susan) Becker and grandchildren, Molly, Beau, and Rex, Hartington; as well as many cherished great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Ricka Martin; her sister, Maxine; and her son, Steve.
Memorials may be directed to Cedar Catholic High School or Holy Trinity Catholic Church, both in Hartington.

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