In memory of
Joan Becknell 1930—2016 Joan Becknell passed from this earth into the loving arms of Jesus on Monday, October 10, 2016, at the Christian Community Home of Osceola, Wisconsin, at the age of 86. She was born August 21, 1930, in Rockford, Illinois to Lloyd and Jeannette (Mulford) Fry, Sr. Joan graduated from East Rockford High School in 1948, and later received a B.S. from Rockford College. On April 12, 1958, Joan was united in marriage to Frederick Becknell at Centennial United Methodist Church and shared 58 years together. Her careers in Rockford include restauranteur (Copper Dome), public school art teacher, artist (Gallery 10) and was also the founder of Kids Club at her church. Joan and Fred enjoyed music, theater and travels to Florida, Europe and Hawaii. Joan also traveled to Beijing, China with the University of Minnesota to study Chinese painting and calligraphy for 8 weeks. In 1999, Joan and Fred moved to Osceola, Wisconsin where they joined the Osceola United Methodist Church. Joan loved her church, the Osceola community and friends where she continued teaching as a substitute and volunteer work. She especially loved her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren living in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Joan is survived by her husband, Frederick; children, Beth (Ted) Kenseth and June (Tom) Wynne; grandchildren, Heidi Waterstraat, Holly (Steve) Simundson, Dallas (Alison) Wynne, Jeannette (Dave) Wielenberg and Sarah (Seth) Duncan; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Lloyd (Leona) Fry Jr; many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Joan is preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Jeannette Fry, and sisters, Sally (Vic) Barnard and Jeannette (Turk) Johnson. Memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016, at the Osceola United Methodist Church in Osceola, Wisconsin. Visitation from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the time of service at the church. Interment will be at a later date. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, WI. www.grandstrandfh.com
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