Margaret Johanna Becker (née Dressler), of Edmonton, Alberta, died peacefully in her room at Venta Care Centre, January 21, 2018. She would have turned 98 within the week.
Margaret is survived by her children, Johanna (Rick) Brindle of Weston, Florida; Donna Ritter of Edmonton; son-in-law Paul Dolde of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Margery Kienzler of Edmonton; Wallace (Alvina) Becker of St.Louis, Missouri; Daryl (Lynn) Becker of Edmonton; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 1 great great-grandchild. She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter; daughter, Mavis Dolde; son-in-law,William Kienzler; son-in-law Gus Ritter; parents Jacob and Johanna Dressler; and all 13 of her brothers and sisters.
Margaret was born on January 27, 1920 to Jacob and Johanna Dressler, the 11th of 14 children. She was baptized on February 15, 1920 and confirmed in her faith on May 20,1934 at Beresina Lutheran Church,Beresina Saskatchewan. Margaret was married to Walter Becker on April 10, 1939. Together they lived the farm life in the Kamsack area. During those farming years, they were blessed with six children, Johanna, Donna, Mavis, Margery, Wallace, and Daryl. In 1961, they followed the older children to the city life in Edmonton where Walter served at Concordia College as head of maintenance and Margaret served as women’s dorm counsellor. Even after leaving that position, Margaret was considered an away from home mom by many, many students at Concordia for years to come. Walter and Margaret were very involved in Bethlehem Lutheran church, sitting on various boards and committees and serving the church community at large. Margaret also served on the LWML and other women’s auxiliary organizations. Margaret and Walter left their long time home on 70th street, and moved to an apartment at Port-a-Place, just a block east of their home congregation of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Following Walter’s death on March 6, 2001, Margaret continued to live at Port-a-Place and Beverly Lodge for 17 more years during which time she was instrumental in assisting with Bible studies and worship services and still continued her faithful service and attendance at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Besides family, one of her most exciting stories was the trip of a lifetime that she took to Egypt and Israel when she was 88 years old. And what a thrill to tell people she walked the same road Jesus walked on the way to the cross, down the Via Delarosa. On the way there, the bells of the Lutheran Church started ringing, so the leader of the group took them to the church where they each in turn prayed a line of the Lord’s Prayer in their own language. In October of 2017 she moved to Venta Care Centre and still continued to be the prayer warrior that everyone knew her to be.
Friday, February 2, 2018
6:00-9:00 p.m., visitation at
Serenity North Central Chapel
10129 Princess Elizabeth Avenue, Edmonton
Saturday, February 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. viewing
11:00 a.m. funeral service
12:00 p.m. luncheon
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
4638 117 Avenue, Edmonton
Interment will follow at Little Mountain Cemetery
16025 54 Street, Edmonton