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Ethel Eleanor Becker -- Austin

AUSTIN -- The funeral for Ethel Eleanor Becker will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, with the Rev. Ron Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.

Mrs. Becker, 82, a longtime Austin resident, died Friday afternoon (June 28, 2002) at Rochester Methodist Hospital.

Ethel Eleanor Trogstad was born July 1, 1919, in Pilot Mound and attended a Chatfield-area country school. On Dec. 22, 1937, she married Arthur Becker in Chatfield. They farmed near Chatfield until moving to Austin in 1942. She worked part-time at Wennes Market in Austin. They moved to Austin Courtyard Apartments in 2000. A member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, she was active in WELCA and taught Sunday school. She enjoyed spending time at the Austin Senior Citizen Center.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Robert (Donna) of Rochester and Jerome "Jerry" (Margaret) of Hayfield; a daughter, Debbie (Jim) Schmeichel of Rochester; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Orval (Audrey) Trogstad of Fountain, Elmer (Elaine) Trogstad of Chatfield, Edne (Ramona) Trogstad of Rochester and Arlis Trogstad of Dover; and two sisters, Olive (Leon) Thorson of Chatfield and Ruby "Roxy" Olsen of Pine Island. Two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and an hour before the service Wednesday at the church.

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