Published On: Wed, Feb 1st, 2012

Obituary – Viola C. Becker

HARTINGTON — Viola C. Becker, 98, Hartington, died Jan. 23, 2012, at the Golden Living Center, Hartington.
Visitation, with a vigil service, was Jan. 27 at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, and continued Saturday at church one hour prior to services.
Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 28 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with the Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Hartington

Pallbearers were Cal Kathol, Chad Kathol, Jamie Becker, Brian Becker, Nicholas Becker and Rick Kuchta, in memory of Kyle Becker.
Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Viola Clara Becker was born Oct. 15, 1913, to Henry and Alberta (Baatz) Rupiper in Fordyce. She grew up on a farm near Fordyce and attended eight years of school at Brookside District #108, a country school. Viola married Edgar Becker Jan. 9, 1939, in Fordyce. She and Edgar then moved to the Hartington area where they farmed and raised their family. They owned and operated the Drive-In Theatre in Hartington for many years. She and Edgar retired to their home in Hartington in 1980 and moved to the Beverly Assisted Living in August 2004. Edgar died Jan. 6, 2006, at the age of 93.
Viola was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, Perpetual Adoration from its beginning, Ministry of Praise, and belonged to the Rose Hill Club.
She enjoyed sewing and reading in her spare time.
She is survived by her five children and their spouses, Jolene Kathol, Hartington; Robert Becker and special friend, Jeanette Bagley, Bowman, N.D.; Connie and Dave Wolfram, Omaha; DelRae and Bill Schaeufele, Norfolk; Roland and Barb Becker, Hartington; one sister, Leona Kathol, Hartington; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and six step great-grandchildren.
Viola was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edgar; son-in-law, Gene Kathol; grandchildren, Brenda Kathol, Laura and Kyle Becker; sisters and spouses, Alfreda and Herbert Jurgens, Hilaria and Dennis Kollars, Rosa and Albert Heimes; brother and spouse, Clarence and Bernadette Rupiper; and brother-in-law, Hugo Kathol.