Ruth Clara Kroening-Beccue (89) of Casey, formerly of Altamont


Published on January 25 2013 3:39 pm

Ruth Clara Kroening-Beccue, 89, of Casey, formerly of Altamont, died at 4:30am Friday, January 25, 2013 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 2:30pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural Altamont.  Call after 1:30pm Thursday at the church.  There will also be a visitation Wednesday from 4-8pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Casey with a time of remembrance service at 6pm.

Ruth Johanna Clara Kroening-Beccue was born January 28, 1923 in the Bethlehem Community, Effingham County near Altamont, Illinois. She was the daughter of George and Clara Buth-Kroening. Ruth was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she was baptized and confirmed. After graduating from Altamont Community High School with the class of 1942 she moved to Springfield, Illinois to work at the First National Bank. While living in Springfield she met Wilbert E. Beccue. Ruth and Wilbert were married on October 12, 1947 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. They spent most of their married life on a farm in rural Cumberland County. Together, they were blessed with four daughters: Joann, Donna, Nancy and Debra and were able to share 60 years of marriage. Besides being a loving wife, mother and grandmother, Ruth was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Casey, Illinois where she actively served as a Sunday School teacher, was a member of the Ladies Aid and of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She also enjoyed serving as a 4-H leader for 15 years, was an active member of Home Extension and especially enjoyed baking, decorating cakes, jigsaw puzzles and playing cards. For the last few years, Ruth lived at Simple Blessings in Casey, Illinois enjoying family and friends. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund or the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

She is survived by Her: 4-Daughters: Joann Ruth (husband, Wayne) Muhs of Newton, Illinois, Donna Kay (husband Dale) Busch of Terre Haute, Indiana, Nancy Gail (husband Bill) Steele of Greenwood, Indiana, Debra Jean (Angel) Buenrostro of Tallahassee, Florida...1-Sister: Doris E. (husband, Calvin) Runge of Effingham, Illinois...6 Grandchildren, 4 Step Grandchildren, 6 Great Grandchildren and 5 Step Great-Grandchildren...and Several Nieces and Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her: Parents: George and Clara Buth-Kroening...Husband: Wilbert E. Beccue and 1-Sister: Lydia and her husband Arthur M Alwardt

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