MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 406
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, November 7, 2007
ANOTHER OLD SETTLER CALLED HOME.
Aug 4, 1894 (hand written)
The death of Mrs. THEODORE BECKE, on last Saturday afternoon, noted in Saturday evening’s JOURNAL, called another old settler of Muscatine to her eternal reward. The suddenness of her demise is perculiarly saddening to her family and friends, as she had just recovered from a siege of sickness and was fast regaining her wonted health and strength when the grim monster stepped in and called her for his own.
The deceased was born in Newenkirchen, Prussia, May 30th, 1818, and was consequently 76 years, 2 months and 5 days old at the time of her death. She was married to Theodore Becke, September 24, 1841, and came to America the following year, 1842, coming almost directly to Muscatine.
She was one of the seven Catholics who organized the first Catholic church in Muscatine and has always lived a consistant member of that church.
She is survived by one sister, Mrs. George Rutherford, six children, nine grand-children and one great grand-child. The children are Mrs. Joseph Fessler, Mrs. W.C. Richards, Mrs. George Koehler, Mrs. Charles Balluff, Miss Elizabeth and Mr. Theodore Becke, Jr., all of this city.
The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock from St. Matthias church. The lateness of the date of the funeral is caused by the absence of one of the grandchildren of the deceased, Miss Minnie Richards, who was visiting in Michigan at the time of the death of Mrs. Becke. She is en route home and will arrive this evening.
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