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Margaret (Rickert) Becker (1845 - 1928)

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Margaret Becker formerly Rickert
Born in Germanymap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 1868 in Milton, Illinois, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Algona, Kossuth, Iowa, USAmap
Profile last modified 22 Sep 2019 | Created 15 Jun 2018
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Margaret was the daughter of Johann Rickert & Anna Katherine Borchers. She married Anton Joseph Becker in 1868 in Milton, Illinois. They were the parents of Margaretha, George, Anna, Rosa, Catherine, & Thomas.[6]


Oct 17, 1928 - Algona Upper Des Moines - Mrs. Margaret Becker, old and highly respected lady of the St. Joe neighborhood, died at the Algona hospital on Friday, October 5, at the age of eighty three years. The Livermore Gazette gives the following obituary: Margaret Rickert was born on June 14, 1845, at Baden, Germany. She came to America at the age of twenty years. Three years later, in 1868, she was married to Anton Becker at Milton, Illinois. Six children were born to them: Mary, (Mrs. Jacob Zeller), at Watertown, South Dakota; George, at St. Joe; Anna (died in infancy); Rosa, (Mrs. George Illg), at Algona; Catherine, (Mrs. Frank Hilbert), at Livermore; and Thomas, at Shaw, Oregon.

In 1880 she, with her husband and family moved to Iowa, on a farm near St. Joe. Her husband died twenty nine years ago, on December 7, 1898. For the past year she has been making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Frank Hilbert. On September 23 she fell and fractured her hip, and was taken to the Algona hospital, where she passed away on Friday morning, October 5, 1928, at the age of eighty three years, three months, and twenty one days.

She was widely known as a good Christian woman, a faithful wife and a loving mother, and was a lifelong member of the Catholic church, and most devout. Besides her children she leaves to mourn her loss twenty eight grandchildren and twenty-six, great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at St. Joseph's church in St. Joseph on Monday at nine o'clock, Father Stork officiating, and a very large crowd were present to pay their respects to the memory of the departed. All the above named children were present and attended the funeral services. The pall bearers were Tony, Matt, Thos. and Laurence Becker, and Frank and Arthur Illg, grandsons of the deceased.

Among those in attendance from abroad were Thomas Becker of Shaw, Oregon; Mrs. Jacob Zeller and son, George of Watertown, South Dakota; Frank Illg of St. Paul; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Illg of Currie, Minnesota; and Mrs. Ed. Wollner of Emmetsburg.

Contributed by Cathy - John Ludvig Rickert is Margaret (Richter) Becker's brother. He's listed as John Rickert, d. 10 July 1930, Platte County, Nebraska and is buried at the Calvary Cemetery there.


  1. "US Census, 1880 shows Margarette Becker (b 1845 Germany), her husband Aanton, and children Mary, John, Rosa, and Katy living in Bloomingdale, DuPage, Illinois"
  2. "Iowa Census, 1885 shows Margaret Becker (b 1846), her husband Anton J, and children Mary, John G, Rosa, Katie, and Thomas living in Cresco, Kossuth, Iowa"
  3. "Iowa Census, 1895 shows Margaret Becker (b 1846), her husband Anton, and children John G, Rosa, Katie, and Thomas living in Kossuth, Iowa."
  4. "US Census, 1900 shows Margaret Becker (b 1868 Germany, m 1868, i 1868) and her children Catherine and Thomas living in Cresco & Riverdale Townshis, Kossuth, Iowa."
  5. "US Census, 1910 shows Maggie Becker (b 1845 Germany) and her son Thomas living in Riverdale, Kossuth, Iowa"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "FindAGrave shows Margaret Rickert Becker (b 14 Jun 1845 Germany, d 5 Oct 1928 Algona Iowa), her husband Anton Becker, and 5 children."

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