Linda L. Becker

Linda L. Becker, 68, of Sumner, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, following a sudden and unexpected illness.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. Cheryl Szabo officiating. Burial will follow at Union Mound Cemetery in Sumner. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 18th at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Wednesday. Memorials may be given to the family for designation at a later date. 

Linda Lou, daughter of Alvin and Alice Mae Rude Gald, was born February 26, 1949, at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua, Wisconsin. She was baptized and confirmed at Westby-Coon Prairie Lutheran Church in Westby, Wisconsin. She attended rural country school and graduated as the class valedictorian from Westby High School in 1967. She then graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1971, and began teaching elementary school at Galesville, Wisconsin. She then taught for several years in the Marion, Iowa School District. On June 18, 1977, she was united in marriage with Bob Becker at her home church in Westby. In 1980, she, her husband and their daughter, Leigh Ann moved to Sumner. Two more children, Erin Marie and Robert Jay would join the family, and Linda would live out her life’s dream of rearing her children and watching them grow to adulthood. As the grandchildren started to arrive, Madi, Ben, Owen, and Jack, her joy only increased as she spent time with them. In the last several years, she returned to the classroom and substitute taught in several area school districts, and she also assisted her husband over the years in his work. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, where she of course, taught Sunday School, and Vacation Bible School. She also enjoyed being a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and the more than thirty-five years she played bridge with essentially the same women. Of all her many pleasures, all pale in comparison to the time she spent with her family.

In addition to her husband, Bob of Sumner, she is survived by her children, Leigh Ann (Brady) Wachter of West Des Moines, Erin (Ryan) Sawyer of Waukee, and Jay (Beth) Becker of Sumner; her grandchildren, Madilyn Duhrkopf, Ben and Owen Wachter, and Jack Becker; her mother, Alice Nelson of Viroqua, Wisconsin; three siblings, Mary Ann McDonald of Ontario, Wisconsin, Robin (Brian) Kenyon of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, and Kent Nelson of Westby, Wisconsin; one step-brother, Richard (Kaylene) Nelson of Westby, Wisconsin; one step-sister, Karen Schlickt of Viroqua, Wisconsin several nieces and nephews; aunt Lucille Weidner of Westby, Wisconsin; and her dear friend, Louise Kutz of Columbus, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her father, Alvin Gald; step-father, Kenneth Nelson; special uncle, Art Rude, who made his home on the family farm where Linda grew up; and two step-brothers, Steve Nelson and Pat Parker.


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Brenda grevekuhlmann on August 9, 2017 at 12:55 PM said:

She is a wonderful life she injoyed ever minute rnjpu4
Marilyn & Jim Vermazen on July 19, 2017 at 8:37 PM said:

I was so sorry to hear about the death of Linda. She was such a special friend for many years. I wish I could have come to her funeral, but we are in California for the wedding of our daughter Carrie. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Harold & Elaine Fratzke on July 19, 2017 at 7:14 AM said:

So sorry for your loss...Linda always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. She will be greatly missed.
Jim and Carolyn Weber on July 18, 2017 at 8:16 PM said:

Bob & family you are in our thoughts, sending our deepest sympathy. May God's presence give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
Megan (Pagel) Rawlins on July 18, 2017 at 3:30 PM said:

Sorry for your loss. My thoughts go out to all of you. Linda was a wonderful woman and a joy to be around. Praying for you all.
Marita Schroeder on July 18, 2017 at 1:36 PM said:

My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Linda always had a smile for everyone she met. She will be missed a lot.
Kim and Kathie Diemer on July 18, 2017 at 12:26 PM said:

We are so sorry for your loss...She was a very special lady. Prayers to you all...
Michelle Miller Younkin on July 18, 2017 at 12:02 PM said:

Jay, Beth, Madi & Jack,

I'm deeply saddened to hear of your loss. I was only fortunate to meet Linda once at Beth and Jay's wedding but she was so sweet. May you be comforted in the days ahead and know that you have a wonderful guardian angel to look over all of you. Keeping you close in my thoughts and prayers.
Carol Berry on July 18, 2017 at 6:30 AM said:

Madi - I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandma. I always looked forward to chatting with her when she subbed for us. My prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Sue Neverman on July 17, 2017 at 9:51 PM said:

So sorry for your loss. Linda helped me in my classroom a few years ago. She was so wonderful with the children. She later subbed in our school. She was a wonderful lady.
Michelle Primavera (cousin) on July 17, 2017 at 6:40 PM said:

I am deeply saddened by the news. I am Alvin's niece from Ohio and am so grateful for getting to know Linda the last few years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Julie Brunner on July 17, 2017 at 5:33 PM said:

So sorry to hear of Linda's sudden death. Linda was truly a special lady. She will be missed. Again my condolences!!
Rick and Angie Ohlendorf on July 17, 2017 at 4:45 PM said:

Bob and family so sorry to here of Linda's passing time like this are hard but never forget the good times. You and your family are in our prayers.
Blaine & Christine Braun on July 17, 2017 at 2:11 PM said:

Though I don't believe we have met Linda we are sincerely saddened by the loss of a wife and mother to Bob & Jay (Beth). Our thoughts of sympathy and prayers are with your family.
Wanda Burrows on July 17, 2017 at 11:29 AM said:

Sumner has lost a very special lady! Heaven has gained a loving Angel. Just remember she will always be with you. Hugs to the whole family!
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