Clara Elizabeth Becker was born on April 22, 1897 to Wendell and Frances (Buller) Noel on a farm near Utica, Nebraska. She passed away to her eternal reward on October 29, 1980 at the Warren Memorial Hospital at Friend, Nebraska at the age of 83 years, 6 months and 7 days. She was one of 8 children.
When she was three years of age, she moved with her family to Thomas County at Thedford, Nebraska, where her father had homesteaded. Here they endured many hardships in their new life in the sandhills, Their first home was a sod house. She attended school in Thedford, riding to and from on horseback. Her father undertook many different jobs to help establish their new life in this pioneer settlement. One being sheriff of Thomas County for many years. As a young lady she was a clerk in a grocery store.
On February 17, 1920, she was united in marriage to Paul Becker at her parents home in Thedford, there being no Catholic church yet built at that time. To this union eight children were born, six of whom survive. The lived their entire married live near Exeter. They were privileged to celebrate 60 years together.
She was a member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church and the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Samuel J. Marsh Post No. 7102 of Geneva of which she was a Gold Star Mother having lost a son, Authur, while serving the Army in Germany.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, William, Walter, John and Bernard; and one sister, Mrs. Peter (Dora) Geiger; two sons, Arthur and Max; two sons-in-law, Reuben Votipka and Jerry Rust; and two granddaughters, Sherry Rust and Terri Folkers.
She is survived by her husband, Paul P.; son, Paul C., of Lincoln; five daughters, Mrs. John (Teresa) Kelch of David City, Mrs. Albert (Jane) Kaiser of Exeter, Mrs. Kenneth Rex (Alice) Folkers, Mrs. Jerry (Bonnie) Rust of Lincoln and Mrs. Wilmer (Lucene) Sackschewsky of Waco; 24 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Eva Thompson of Brighton, Colorado and Mrs. Loyola Milroy of North Platte, Nebraska; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
She was a kind and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She always looked forward to their frequent visits as they were her pride an joy. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Funeral services were held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St . Stephen's Catholic Church with Msgr. H. H. Ingenhorst officiating. Jay Geiger was lector. Richard Koco, Brian Moor and Ben Bristol were Altar boys. Rosary was recited at Farmer Funeral Home on Friday evening at 7:30. The Auxiliary to the Samuel Marsh VFW Post No. 7102 of Geneva was in charge of the Memorial Prayer Service at the grave of their departed member.
Pall bearers were grandsons; Tim Sackschewsky, Jim Votipka, Paul Chen, Glenn Kelch, Mark Folkers, Arthur and Daniel Becker.
She was laid to rest in the Exeter Cemetery near her sons.
Farmer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Paul Peter Becker was born to John and Anna Gerhart Becker on October 23, 1890, at Exeter, Nebraska, and passed away February 15, 1990 at the Friend, Manor in Friend, Nebraska at the age of 99 years, 3 months and 23 days. He was one of 9 children in the family.
He was born and raised in the Exeter community and for many years farmed south of town. In 1947 he moved to the north edge of Exeter and continued to farm until his retirement. He was baptized and confirmed in the St. Stephen's Catholic Church and has been a faithful member his entire life. He attended country school and then worked at various jobs until he was drafted into the armed services during World War I. He was stationed in Europe and often recounted many stories of his war days as an MP. He was a charter member of the VFW in Genera for 45 years
One of his main interests was attending public auctions. He greatly enjoyed visiting and often the course of conversation revolved around his love of horses. He never met a stranger and will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.
He was married to Clara Elizabeth Noel of Thedford, Nebraska on February 17, 1920 and to them 8 children were born.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife Clara; two sons, Arthur and Max; four sons-in-law, Reuben Votipka, Jerry West, Rex Folkers and Wilmer Sackschewsky; two granddaughters, Terry Folkers and Sherry Rust; and four brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by his son, Paul C. and wife Irma of Lincoln and by five daughters: Theresa Kelch and husband John of David City, Jane Kaiser and husband Albert of Exeter, Alice Folkers of Garland, Bonnie Rust of Lincoln and Cenie Sackschewsky of Waco. Twenty-four grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren and by his sister Ursula Johns of Concordia, Kansas.
Funeral services were conducted from the St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Exeter at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 17, 1990 with Father John Kelly officiating. Mike Zeleny accompanied Mrs. Cherlyn Rossette who sang "Only a Shadow" and "How Great Thou Art". The congregational hymn was " Faith of Our Father's". Those serving as pallbearers were Dan Becker, Mark Folkers, Merlin Gerdes, Tim Sackschewsky, Bob Smith and Jim Votipka. Interment with military graveside services in charge of the Exeter American Legion Post No. 218 and VFW. Post No. 7120 were conducted from the Exeter Cemetery with the Farmer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Clara (Noel) and Paul Becker