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Leona Cecilia Becht

Female 1907 - 2013  (105 years)


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  • Name Leona Cecilia Becht 
    Born 18 Aug 1907  Butler, Day, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 2 May 2013  Webster, Day, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I26287  Zellner Genealogy
    Last Modified 4 Dec 2019 

    Father William George Becht,   b. 22 Feb 1869, Seneca, La Salle, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1948, Webster, Day, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ella May Ackerman,   b. 7 Aug 1875, Greene, Butler, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1946, Webster, Day, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 22 Feb 1898  Webster, Day, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F9531  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lester J. Meuer,   b. 9 Mar 1902, Bristol, Day, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1985, Webster, Day, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 7 Jun 1938  Webster, Day, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Living
    +2. Living
    Last Modified 4 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F14754  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Aug 1907 - Butler, Day, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Jun 1938 - Webster, Day, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 May 2013 - Webster, Day, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Leona Meuer 105, of Webster, SD died Sunday, June 2, 2013 at Bethesda Home, Webster.

      Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 Thursday, June 6 at Christ The King Catholic Church, Webster.

      Burial will be in St. Otto's Cemetery, Webster.

      Visitation will be from 5-8 Wednesday, June 5 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Webster with a prayer service at 7:00 at the church.

      Leona Meuer was born August 18, 1907 to William George Becht and Ella (Ackerman) Becht who farmed the Becht Tree Claim in Butler Township. When she was four years old, her father headed to Perkins County to "prove up" his claim on a homestead. She recalled the great excitement when her father returned home, having met all the requirements of the Homestead Act.

      Leona and her siblings attended Midway District 115, a one-room rural school, in Butler Township. For a short period of time they would attend St. Otto's School in order to prepare for their First Holy Communion and Confirmation. She attended Webster High School and graduated from Central High School in Aberdeen, S.D.

      She began her college studies at The Northern Normal and Industrial School in Aberdeen, later called Northern Teachers College and now Northern State University. Having completed her first grade teaching certificate on March 27, 1929, she drove to Highland School District #188 in a single buggy with a gentle team of horses to sign her first contract. She spent eleven years teaching in the rural schools in the communities of Morton, Raritan, Highland and Western Bluffs. Having completed her Bachelor's Degree, she joined the staff of Roslyn Public School and retired from the Bristol Public Schools in 1972.

      Lester J. Meuer took Leona Becht as his bride on Tuesday, June 7, 1938, at St. Otto's Church in Webster. The Rev. Monsignor John H. Dolney officiated at the ceremony.

      Leona was involved in a number of church, community and civic activities. She was a member of the Ladies' Altar Society, the Research Club and the Bible Study Group. She was past president of the Senior Citizens, the Sit and Sew Club, the Webster Ladies Golf Club and the Neighbor Birthday Club. She was an active member of the Retired Teachers Association, S.D.E.A., a former 4-H Leader, a volunteer at the Day County Museum, the annual Day County Fair and was one of three to complete the history of Webster which was published in the HISTORY OF DAY COUNTY in 1981.

      She was a woman of many interests, talents and commitments. She loved gardening, reading, writing poetry, traveling, crocheting and playing cards. Many enjoyable days were spent at their cabin on Blue Dog Lake with family and friends. She traveled the United States, toured Alaska, visited Europe, Mexico and cruised the Caribbean.

      The family wishes to thank all of the truly wonderful people at the Bethesda Home and at Prairie Lakes Hospice for the extraordinary care Leona received.

      Leona is survived by one daughter, Laura Lou (David) Jorgenson, Webster, SD and one son, William (Elizabeth) Meuer, Winnetka, IL; six grandchildren - Bradley (Karla) Jorgenson, Gregg (Monica) Jorgenson, Kristin (Christopher) Bisgard, William B. (Michelle) Meuer, Hammond (Courtney) Meuer and Laura Elizabeth (Christopher) Molenda; and eleven great-grandchildren - Ryleigh and Reagan Jorgenson, Korissa Jorgenson, Ella, Charles, and Claire Bisgard, Ethan and Eleanor Meuer, Jacob and Emily Meuer and Michael Molenda.

      She was preceded in death by Lester J. Meuer, her loving husband of 47 years; her parents, two sisters Lavinia "Vinie" (Anton) Bierschbach; Anna Laura (William "Bud") Koenig and one brother, Henry (Gertrude) Becht.
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  • Sources 
    1. [S695] South Dakota, Birth Index, 1856-1915.

    2. [S620] Genealogy of Georg, Jakobus and Christian Becht.