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Anna Y. Beckman

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Anna Y. Beckman, 82, of Great Falls, a secretary at Sts. Peter and Paul, Blessed Trinity and Holy Spirit Catholic School for more than 40 years, died of natural causes July 31, at home.

Visitation is 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. today at Schnider Funeral Home. A vigil service is 7 p.m. today at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, with a funeral liturgy 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will take place in Mount Olivet Cemetery following the service. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Anna was born on May 24, 1930, in Great Falls to John Ivan and Mary (Kalafat) Yurko. She attended school and graduated from St. Mary's High School in Great Falls. She married Robert Beckman on March 25, 1951, and they shared many happy years together until his death in June of 1989. Anna was a loving mother and a guiding light to her family and those she touched throughout her 40 years as a secretary in the Catholic school system starting at Saints Peter and Paul, then Blessed Trinity and finally at Holy Spirit Catholic School.

She enjoyed volunteering for community events, ushering at the Civic Center and singing at mass at the retirement centers. She would help with any cause that promoted this city, her church and the Catholic school. Anna was always on the go enjoying life. She liked to read and bake. Anna's biggest joy was her family and friends.

Anna is survived by her daughters, Terry and husband Dan Ewing and Karen and husband Bill Cramer of Kalispell and Wendy and husband Randy Simkins of Butte; her sons, David and wife Leslie Beckman of Eugene, Ore., and Robert and wife Patty Beckman of Chicago; grandchildren Erik and Ryan Ewing, Dan and wife Jody Cramer, Stefanie and husband Jason Hanson, Lys Marie and Seth Opp-Beckman, Sarah and Bobby Beckman, Jake, Kaylee, Jared and Matthew Simkins and one great-grandchild, Riley Robinson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Beckman.

Donations may be made to the Anna Beckman Angel Fund at Holy Spirit Catholic School, 2820 Central Ave., Great Falls, MT 59401.

Condolences may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Aug. 3, 2012
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