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Loretta Becker

March 4, 2019

Loretta E. (Ruhbeck) Becker, 82, of Peotone, passed away at her home Saturday (March 2, 2019) surrounded by her loving family.

She was born March 13, 1936, in Green Garden Township, the daughter of Henry and Elsie (Breidert) Ruhbeck. Her parents preceded her in death. Loretta married George E. Becker Jr. on Aug. 15, 1964, at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. They were married nearly 54 years. He preceded her in death March 15, 2018.

Loretta was the loving mother of six children, the late Raymond Becker, Loretta (Kenneth) Gallagher, of Manhattan, Barbara (Ronald) Hnetkovsky, of Channahon, Larry (Mattie) Becker, of Manhattan, Bonnie (the late Robert) Struthers, of Manhattan, and Daniel (Jodi) Becker, of Peotone; she was an adoring grandmother of 13 to Joann Olsen, Matthew Becker, Brenda McClintock, Rhonda Quigley, Timothy Gallagher, Deanna Hnetkovsky, Donna Naleway, Jessica Becker, Cody Becker, Robert Struthers, Edwin Struthers, Evelyn Becker and the late Kevin Gallagher; great-grandmother of 19 with one on the way; and great-great-grandmother of six. She also is survived by a daughter-in-law, Sharon Kiehl, of Florida; two sisters-in-law, Helen Becker and Marion Ruhbeck; a brother-in-law, Marvin Becker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family is extremely grateful for Loretta’s caregiver, Vidas Ebas, who provided tremendous care and support over the past year.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Bernice Ruhbeck, Edna Ruhbeck, Lucille (Walter) Wichtendahl and Lorraine (Robert) Hasemann; and five brothers, Earl Ruhbeck, LeRoy Ruhbeck, Vernon (Elaine) Ruhbeck, Glenn (Anne) Ruhbeck and Norman Ruhbeck.

She was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, where she was past president of the Women’s Fellowship and taught Sunday school. Loretta enjoyed embroidery, doing crossword puzzles, reading, painting and making crafts. She loved her family very much.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 7, at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, with the Rev. Terry Krouskoupf officiating. Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel United Church of Christ, the Peotone Paramedics, or Joliet Area Community Hospice, 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, IL 60431.

Please sign her online guestbook at feddehelfrichcrossfh.com.

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