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Jane Becker

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Jane Becker age 74 of Nashua, IA, died Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the United Methodist Church in Nashua with Rev. John Tunnicliff presiding. Interment will be held in Greenwood Cemetery, Nashua with Lance Becker, Ryan Helmers, Spencer Hesse, Jacqsen Hesse, Ian Hesse, and Bill Cleveland serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Nick Becker, Jason Friedrich, Mason Sobolik, and Ethan Friedrich. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home - Olson Chapel in Nashua. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Jane Ann Becker was born June 26, 1942, in Allison, IA, the daughter of Edward and Ferne (Weisbard) Betsinger. Her family moved to rural Nashua in 1949. Jane attended country school at the Six Mile Grove County School southeast of Nashua. She was a 1960 graduate of Nashua High School. Jane continued her education at Gates Business School in Waterloo, earning a business degree. Upon graduation, she began working at Les Turner’s Law office in Nashua, working there for 5 years. On January 7, 1967, at the United Methodist Church in Nashua, she married Leonard “Spike” Becker. To this union 5 children were born. The couple moved into Nashua living there for 2 years. They then moved to the Becker family farm west of Nashua. Jane stayed at home and took care of her 5 children. Jane loved to babysit and had an in home daycare, taking care of countless families in the Nashua community throughout her lifetime. Jane had a passion for volunteering and did so throughout her lifetime. She spent 45 years teaching Sunday school, she was a leader in both 4-H and Girl Scouts for many years, and was very involved in the Nashua RIF reading program. Jane received the volunteer of the year award from Governor Terry Brandstad in 1988. She was active in every aspect of the United Methodist Church in Nashua. She was a member of the church council, Sunday school, prepared funeral dinners, and did just about anything else she could to help the church. Jane loved being a foster grandparent, it was something she found extremely rewarding. She was a foster grandparent for 12 years at a daycare center in Charles City, and last year was awarded the foster grandparent of the year award. Jane's hobbies included crocheting, reading, sewing, baking, and card club. She loved spending as much time as she could with her family, in particular, her grandchildren. Jane never missed an activity that her children and grandchildren were involved in. Jane is survived by her husband of 50 years, Leonard; son, Lonnie (Maryann) Becker of Woodbine, GA; four daughters, LuAnn (Rob) Helmers of Rockwell, IA, Linell Hesse of Charles City, IA, Karla (Andrew) Friedrich of Charles City, IA, and LeEllen (Bob) Sobolik of New Hampton, IA; 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clinton 'Butch' (Priscilla) Betsinger of Nashua, IA, Jim (Julie) Betsinger of Nashua, IA; two sisters, Bonnie Cleveland of Nashua, IA, Judy (Glen) Rumsey of Council Bluffs, IA; step-brother, Leslie Wood of North Carolina; three step-sisters, Virginia D'Angelis of E. Patchogue, NY, Norma (Perry) Groen of Waverly, IA, and Eileen (Arvan) Haase of Nashua, IA; sister-in-law Nancy (Ron) Hilleshiem of Nashua, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Elmer Wood; brother, George Betsinger; stepbrother, Terry Wood; sister-in-law, Janice Schmall; brother-in-law, Bill Cleveland; two nephews, Jay Betsinger, and Chuckie Mahnke.

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  1. LeEllen and family, please accept my sympathy on the loss of your dear mother and grandmother. Keep sharing your memories and give my regards to the rest of your family.

  2. So sorry to hear this Grandma Jane was one of the main reasons we loved tlc when my kids were little. She was so kind and always had a hug. She will be remembered fondly by our family. Condolences to her family.

  3. Im so sorry for your loss. I worked with Grandma Jane at TLC, she was loved by so many. The kids always had a smile on their faces when they saw her.Every morning she would pop in to say hello and give hugs. She would even share her banana with one of the kids and she would bribe my daughter with stickers to try to get her to eat her vegetables! I have so many good memories of Grandma Jane, she will be missed so many!

  4. I will always remember Jane for her big smile and big hugs. I am sad to see you go but so happy for you that you are with your Lord and savior. You will surely be missed! Wish i could have a Jane hug one more time.

  5. Grandma Jane,an awesome lady…I started as a cook at TLC 9 years ago….she was there every step of the way…very helpful,kind,sweet,generous,an all out great lady….am going to miss her! Rest In peace Jane…!!!!

  6. Jane was such a special lady and friend of our family for many years. We will keep Spike and all the kids in our prayers and have so many wonderful memories of the times we spent together.

  7. Uncle Spike and family–So sorry for your loss. Aunt Jane was a great person with a loving heart, would always do anything for you. I will miss her calling me ‘toots’! I know she is in a better place now and no longer in any pain. You all have our deepest sympathy.

  8. LuAnn & family, my deepest condolences!! I will always cherish the memories of Jane being our Brownie leader. She was tough, held us accountable but was very fun too. I can still hear her laugh. Hugs

  9. Jane was a wonderful lady and friend. I will miss her from all she did at the church and her visits at Fareway …

  10. Love, thoughts and prayers to you all… G’ma Jane was a wonderful addition to TLC and I treasured my time with her there…. Thinking of you at this time.

  11. To the Becker ‘kids’, I was saddened to read about your mom’s passing. I remember her a gracious host at all your graduation parties. She was a nice pleasant lady and always was concerned about you and your education. She surely will be missed.

  12. Mrs. Becker is remembered as a good and Godly woman. There are not many fun childhood memories that I recall that do not include her presence. I loved Sunday School and activities at the Methodist Church and she and her sisters (Mrs. Cleveland and Mrs. Betsinger) made a lot of those things happen! A life well lived and an example to us all. Blessings and comfort to her family.

  13. I had been praying for my friend Karla’s mom & family when she was ill and had no idea until last night that Karla’s mom was ‘Grandma Jane’. Our daughter, Anna, went to TLC for 5 1/2 years & Grandma Jane was truly a grandma to Anna during her early years at TLC. Such a loving & giving woman. I now understand more fully why Karla is such a special person & has a way with kids. She had an amazing mom as a role model & I’m sure Jane will live on in her family & friends she has touched.

  14. I also do remember Grandma Jane. Always a very helpful and caring person. Grandma Jane did love her babies and small children at TLC. She will be miss. Dalia Weber.

  15. Words can not describe this beautiful soul. I have loved, admired and respected this lady since my childhood. A pillar in the Nashua United Methodist Church. Though you are no longer here, you leave behind heart prints on every life you touched. Simple Amazing.

  16. I am just so saddened to learn of Jane’s passing. I met her when I worked at TLC in Charles City. Everyone loves Grandma Jane!! She just was such a positive presence to not only the children but to the other adults at the center. And we could always count on Jane’s deviled eggs for our potlucks! She was one of a kind. My condolences to her husband, children, grandchildren and the greats. May her cherished memories comfort you in the days ahead. I truly believe we have a new angel and her name is Jane Susan Lloyd

  17. So sorry to hear of Jane’s passing! She was such a loving & giving sweet lady! I loved her as a 4-H leader & enjoyed her as a patient at the office for years where we always had great visits. She was always so proud of her family and talked about them all the time. She will be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you all. Sincerely, Nancy Fish

  18. Jane was my neighbor when we both lived on Ford Street in the 50s and 60s. I last spoke with her in 2014 at my dad’s funeral. I was shocked to hear of her death, condolences to her family.

  19. I am so sorry to hear of Jane’s passing. I have known her and the Betsinger family for many years. They lived across the road when they lived at Six Mile Grove area. Our sympathy to the family. Joan Fritcher Marlette

  20. Jane will be missed. I worked very closely with her during my many years in Nashua UMC as the church Secretary. She was a very diligent worker who cared very much about her family and her church family. I always knew she would have the answer to any question, she was my go to person for sure. She was a faithful and caring person and the Lord will surely have a peaceful beautiful place for her in heaven. Your family will be in my prayers. In Sympathy, Susan Dailey

  21. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Services created a video in memory of Jane Becker


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