|7/10/2019 3:25:00 PM|
Dorothy Becker, 91, of Windom, formerly of rural Dundee, died June 30, 2019, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom with Father Pratap officiating.
Casket bearers were Jessica Hogan, Amanda Bowring, Adam Becker, Angela Swenson, Jared Heger, Ethan Becker, Eli Becker, Marissa Becker and Jonah Becker.
Burial was at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Heron Lake.
Dorothy A. Schwab was born March 6, 1928, to Conrad and Elizabeth (Biren) Schwab in Fulda. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Fulda.
She received her early education at St. Gabriel's Catholic School before graduating from Fulda High School in 1946. After furthering her education at Mankato Business College, Dorothy worked for Standard Oil in Mankato and Los Angeles, Calif.
In 1953, Dorothy married Benjamin H. Becker at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church.
Dorothy and Ben worked side by side with Ben's brother, Richard, in operating the family farm, which included grain, beef and pork production. Dorothy was the secretary/bookkeeper for the operation.
She also supported and encouraged their children's participation in various activities. She also assisted and supported her daughters as church organists at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for many years and later, she supported Ben when he played keyboard at various nursing homes.
They retired in 1987, but continued living on the farm until moving into Windom in 2001.
After Ben's death in 2014, Dorothy continued living in Windom until moving to Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Fulda two years ago.
While living on the farm, Dorothy was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heron Lake, where she was a member of CCW and the Art and Environmental Committee. she also sang in the choir.
She was a leader for Southbrook Jolly Workers 4-H Club and a member of the Southbrook Township Extension Group and Home Council.
After moving to Windom, Dorothy became a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom, where she was part of the quilting group. She also was an RSVP volunteer at Winfair Elementary School and volunteered at Windom Senior Dining.
She enjoyed extensive travel, golf, dancing and gardening. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, including her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband Ben, Dorothy was preceded in death by her siblings: Irene, Bernard, Mary, Joseph, Cecelia and Ann.
Survivors include her five children: Jane Becker (partner Terry) of Chanhassen, Dana (Gary) Hogan of Fulda, Steven (Rhonda) Becker of Heron Lake, Sandra (Jeff) Lund of Windom and James (Sonya) Becker of Dundee; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Veronica Touhey of Herman and Agnes Becker of Round Lake; and a sister-in-law, Helen Becker of Heron Lake.