Margaret Becker

beckermargaret_webMargaret M.  Becker, age 88, of La Crescent, Minn., formerly of Brownsville, passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 with her loving family by her side after a brief struggle with cancer.

Margaret was born Aug. 4, 1925 in Mount Vernon Township, Winona County, Minn. to John and Agnes (Fitzpatrick) Mullen. She was raised in Brownsville and in 1943 graduated from the Caledonia High School where she recently had her 70th high school class reunion.  On May 21, 1945 she married Richard Becker at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brownsville. They lived in Brownsville for 59 years before moving to La Crescent for the last nine years. She worked at Centurytel for eighteen years and retired in 1988.

She was a member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and was proud of her Irish heritage. Margaret and Richard enjoyed polka dancing and spent many Saturday evenings at the Concordia Dance Hall.  After retiring they travelled extensively.

Margaret will be sadly missed by her husband, Richard, of the past 68 years; three children Diane (LeRoy) Alseth, Melrose, Wis., Debra Robb, Houston, Minn. and Dan, Brownsville; six grandchildren Sherri (Duane) Alseth, Becky (Dan) Ratkus, Craig (Sara) Conley, and Brittany, Adam, and Scott Robb; great-grandchildren Austin and Caylin Ratkus, Christian, Erik, and Erin Conley, and Bradyn, Brynn, and Ryann Robb; two sisters Patricia Mullen and Bernadette Becker; a brother William Mullen and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Jack, Bud, Jim, and Jerry Mullen; and sister Roseann Connor.

Funeral Mass was 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brownsville with Fr. Matt Fasnacht officiating. Burial was in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Brownsville. Visitation was 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 in Breza Hall at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brownsville and one hour prior to services at the church. There was a prayer service at 7pm on Sunday.

McCormick Funeral Home in Caledonia is assisting with arrangements.