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Viola M. Parry Beck, age 93, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Oakridge Gardens. She was born June 4, 1918 to the late Otto and Martha (Kommorow) Radtke. On November 8, 1996, she married Carl Beck.
Viola was the last charter member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Menasha and loved flowers and gardening.
She is survived by her husband, Carl; her son, David (Patricia) Parry; and her step-son, Michael (Melanie) Beck. She is further survived by her grandchildren: Tom Parry; David Parry, Jr.; Lori Johnson; and Tricia Courtright; great-grandchildren: Moriah Robards; Lani, Amber and Shana Johnson; Joshua Parry; and Jessica and Stephanie Courtright; and 2 great-great-grandchildren; as well as her sisters-in-law: Mary Parry and Bernice Radtke.
Viola was preceded in death by her first husband, William; brothers and sisters: George Radtke; Laura Ratzburg; Walter Radtke; Albert Radtke; Lawrence Radtke; Arnold Radtke; and her twin sister, Leona Beck.
A funeral service for Viola will be held Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Menasha, Rev. David Skarsten officiating. Visitation will be at church from 10:00 A.M. until the hour of service. Entombment will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Neenah.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in Viola's name would be appreciated.
Viola's family wishes to extend a warm thank you to the staff and doctors with Theda Care Physicians, Heartland Hospice and Oakridge Gardens for their kindness and compassionate care over the past few months.
God's finger touched her and she slipped away; from Earth's dark shadows to a brighter day. God saw the road was getting rough; the hills were hard to climb. He gently closed her weary eyes and whispered, "Peace by thine." To a beautiful garden this loved one has gone, to a land of perfect rest; though she is gone, she still lives on in the garden of memory.
Westgor Funeral Home
205 W. Doty Ave.
Neenah's Westgor Funeral Home - Neenah
205 W. Doty Avenue
Neenah, WI 54956
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Sept. 27, 2011