Hartington — Germaine Marie Becker, 86, Hartington, died June 17, 2020, at her residence, surrounded by her family.
Mass of Christian Burial was June 20 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating.
Burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Hartington.
A public visitation was Friday at church and continued Saturday morning at the church. Facemasks were required for the visitation and the funeral at church. Services were also livestreamed www.facebook.com/WintzRay/live.
Pallbearers were Britton Tasa, Noah Miller, Davis Becker, Austin Becker, Matthew Becker, Ethan Becker and Nolan Becker.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Hom, Hartington.
Germaine Marie was born Aug. 16, 1933, in St. Helena, to Ignatius Carl and Helen B. (Schnieder) Bruening. She grew up in the St. Helena area and attended County School there. Germaine was hired to help several families with household and child care duties. She married Donald Francis Becker Aug. 26, 1953, in St. Helena. Germaine worked for Heimes Bakery, Hartington, for a while before she raised her family of eight children. Don and Germaine purchased their home in Hartington in 1955, and then Don began the Hartington Feed and Chick business in 1956.
Germaine was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington; Christian Mothers and Catholic Daughters of America. She was a part of the prayer shawl ministry, was a volunteer at Holy Trinity Elementary School, was a master gardener, and judged floral entries at the Cedar County Fair. Germaine loved gardening, quilting, baking, cooking, sporting events and an occasional trip to the casino to gamble some. She was a past recipient of the Honorary Alumni Award from Cedar Catholic High School and was given the 2008 Trojan Spirit Award as part of the Cheering Grannies. Germaine loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and could always be seen attending many of their activities through the years.
Germaine is survived by her eight children and spouses, Lyle (Cathy) Becker, Yankton, S.D.; Radell (Barry) Tasa, Humphrey; Collin (Diane) Becker, Mound, Minn.; Cary (Barb) Becker, Omaha; Mark (Sandy) Becker, Hartington; Rhonda (Chris) Miller, Hartington; Trent (Shelly) Becker, Hartington; Stan (Julie) Becker, Hartington; 29 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; seven siblings, Clayton (Lynette) Bruening, Yankton, S.D.; Gayle (Jan) Bruening, Jackson, Miss.; Karen (Dean) Meyer, Norfolk; Marion Haberman, Springfield; Kathleen Tideman, Hastings; Betty (Willie) Lunn, Omaha; Charleen Becker, Forest Lake, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
Germaine was preceded in death by her parents, Ignatius and Helen Bruening; husband, Donald, Oct. 17, 2006, at the age of 82; sister, Ethel Rothluebber; brother, Daniel Bruening; and brothers-in-law, Larry Haberman, Tom Tideman and Florence “Mollie” Becker.
Memorials are suggested to the Holy Trinity Library or to Hartington Senior Center.