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Ella Mae Beck

January 17, 2012
Estherville Daily News

GRAETTINGER - Funeral services for Ella Mae Beck, 88, of Emmetsburg will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Graettinger with Pastor Christine Lang officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church only on Thursday. Interment will be at Lost Island Lutheran Cemetery in Ruthven.

She died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg.

Ella Mae Beck, the daughter of John and Ella F. (Thomas) Bruck, was born June 9, 1923, at Lost Island Township.

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Ella Mae Beck

After graduation from Ruthven High School she went to UNI and then was a teacher in Story City. She came back to Spencer and on Jan. 27, 1946, she was united in marriage to Roy Beck and to this union was born one daughter, Shirley. Roy and Ella Mae moved to a farm northeast of Ruthven. Ella Mae was a teacher in the country school in Vernon Township. In 1961, she received her teaching degree from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake. Ella Mae taught school at Ayrshire, Emmetsburg and Spirit Lake. Ella Mae loved to play cards and loved gardening, especially her roses.

She was a member of Palo Alto Garden Club and Lost Island Lutheran Church and Bethel Lutheran Church.

Left to cherish Ella Mae's memory are her husband, Roy, of Graettinger; daughter, Shirley Loring, and her husband, Frank, of Emmetsburg; two grandchildren, Janelle Loring of Spencer and Michael Loring of Emmetsburg; one great-grandson, Timothy Godinez Loring; one sister, Marjorie Bruck of Graettinger; and one niece, Linda LaPointe, of Rye, Colo.

She has been preceded in death by her parents, brother, John, and sister, Frances. Online condolences may be sent to



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