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Ramona (Mona) Vae Beck

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Mona Vae Beck
Ramona (Mona) Vae Beck, 77, of Peterson, died after several years of respiratory illness on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, April 27, at Oakland Cemetery in Peterson. Rev. Charles Hall and Rev. Michael Hyde officiated. Funeral arrangements were by Warner Funeral Home of Peterson.

Ramona was born Mona Vae Hokanson Aug. 22, 1932, in St. Peter, Minn., to Ione (Johnson) Hokanson and Henry Hokanson, and she moved to Peterson in 1943 with her parents.

Mona graduated from Peterson High School in 1950. She was married to Richard D. Busby from 1957 to 1968, and they lived in northern and southern California and Denver, Colorado. She married Eddie Beck Jr. of Sutherland in 1970, and they would have celebrated their 40th anniversary on December 19 of this year.

Mona Beck worked as a teller in the Peterson State Bank in the early 1950s, and later as a personal assistant and bookkeeper for banks, manufacturers, and other businesses in California and Colorado. She was also a bookkeeper for Quality Equipment in Peterson, and served for many years on the board of the Kirchner French Memorial Library.

Mona was tireless reader, a sharp wit, a fine cook and excellent baker, who collected cookbooks and recipes all of her life. She loved her family, good conversation, songbirds, good literature, Trivial Pursuit, films, and Broadway musicals, especially 'The Music Man.' Among her heroes were playwright Meredith Wilson, author Dorothy Parker, filmmaker Ken Burns, and Judge Judy.

She is survived by husband Eddie Beck Jr. of Peterson; sons Drake Hokanson and his wife Carol Kratz of La Crosse, Wisc.; and Drew Beck, his wife Laurie and their daughter Anjali of Madison, Wisc.; by a brother, Jon Barry Hokanson and his wife Barbara of Grayslake, Ill.; and a sister, Claudia Simon, and her partner George Sanderson of Webb. She is also survived by nieces Cathy Lenz of Arnolds Park; Chris Ewald and her husband Gary of La Porte City; Carrie Calhoon and her husband John of Spencer;a nephew, Tukkar Hokanson and his wife Anita White of Bellingham, Washingto; and ten great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to establish memorials for a bench at Oakland Cemetery in Peterson, to support the Peterson Community Response Unit and the Prairie Heritage Center