Obituary – Joan Lorraine Becker

HARTINGTON — Joan Lorraine Becker, 87, Hartington, died July 12, 2017, at the Hartington Care and Rehabilitation Center, Hartington.
Visitation and a Vigil service were July 14 at Holy Family (Immaculate Conception) Catholic Church, St. Helena, and continued Saturday, one hour prior to services in church.
Mass of Christian Burial was July 15 at Holy Family (Immaculate Conception) Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jeremy Hans and Rev. Eric Olsen officiating.
Burial was at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, rural St. Helena.
Honorary Pallbearers were Tom Hans, Elliot Lund, Steve Kline and Judy Burbach.
Active Pallbearers were George Hans, Bryce Lund, Joe Stappert, Dan Albrecht, Judy Wieseler and Donna Becker.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington.
Lorraine Joan Becker was born July 22, 1929, in Yankton, S.D., to Claude Ignatius and Theresa Josephine (Wieseler) Becker. She grew up in the St. Helena area and graduated from Mount Marty High School, Yankton, S.D. She graduated from the Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing, Yankton, as a registered nurse. Joan worked at the St. Francis Hospital, Lynwood, Calif., and was the head nurse in obstetrics. She moved back home in 1958 to care for her mother when she was sick. She worked as a receptionist for the lab at Sacred Heart for two-three years. Joan then was the housekeeper for area priests in St. Helena, Hartington, Tilden, and in Omaha for Rev. Anthony Tresnak and Monsignor Hanefeldt. Joan and her twin sister, Jean Hans, shared a home in Yankton together after she retired in 2009.
Joan was a very prayerful person and was always dedicated to her jobs, especially as the priest’s housekeeper. Joan was a member of Holy Family parish.
She is survived by her four sisters, Loretta Albrecht, Yankton, S.D.; Claudette Stappert, Coleridge; Marilyn (Loren) Lund, Bassett; and Jeri (Marcel) Backman, Wynot; and many nieces and nephews.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents; twin sister, Jean Hans; sister, LuAnn Kline; and three brothers-in-law, James Albrecht, Gerald Hans and Charles Stappert.