Harriet Ellen (Vander Beek) Beckering

Born: Tue., Jan. 10, 1928
Died: Sun., Sep. 10, 2017


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Sep. 14, 2017
Location: Edgerton Burial Association

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Fri., Sep. 15, 2017
Location: First Christian Reformed Church

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Harriet Beckering was born January 10, 1928, to William Arthur and Jennie (Bernink) Vander Beek in Elmer Township, Pipestone County, Minnesota. Harriet was baptized and made her profession of faith at the First Reformed Church in Edgerton. She grew up on the Vander Beek farm and attended District 42 country school and Edgerton Public School, graduating in 1946.  She held various jobs working at the café and De Boer’s Grocery store.


Harriet was united in marriage to Raymond “Rip” Beckering on August 26, 1948, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton. Their union was blessed with five children and 69 years of marriage together. The couple first lived in Edgerton and then spent a short time living in Arizona from 1952-1955, and then returned back to Edgerton. Harriet enjoyed the work and care of the family and home, raising their family.  In 1976, she became employed at Edgebrook Care Center working in the areas of the kitchen and laundry. She retired in 1990.


Harriet was a longtime member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton.  She served in the life of the congregation in Ladies aid and as a catechism teacher. In her youth she played the organ at church. In her daughters’ younger years, she served as a Brownie Scout leader.


Harriet enjoyed sewing and embroidery, camping, fishing, working in her flower gardens, baking, wintering south, and especially the time spent with family. In 2014, they moved to Edgebrook Apartments and in 2017 entered the care of Edgebrook nursing home.


On Sunday, September 10, 2017, Harriet became ill and was transferred to Pipestone County Medical Center.  She died there early Sunday morning at the age of 89 years.


Harriet is lovingly remembered by her husband, Ray “Rip” of Edgerton, Minnesota; her children, Beth Vander Steen of Leota, Minnesota, Kathy (Phil) Menning of Edgerton, Minnesota, Trish (Dan) Dysthe of Slayton, Minnesota, and Dawn (Doug) Ossefoort of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 11 grandchildren, Rich Vander Steen, Deb Winzenburg, Travis Vander Steen, Becky Weber, Rachel Van Roekel, Laura Lunder, Jason Dysthe, Kayla Mihin, Kari Joldersma, Justin Ossefoort, and Jordan Ossefoort; and 16 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Jennie; son, Wes Beckering; son-in-law, Ron Vander Steen; two sisters, Mil Schoolmeester and Dorothy Vander Pol; four brothers, Arnold, Melvin, Harold, and Ken Vander Beek. Blessed and eternal be the memory of Harriet Beckering.

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Bev Landhuis
   Posted Mon September 11, 2017
Dear girls, So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I know you will be a comfort to each other and your dad.


Darlene Nation
   Posted Tue September 12, 2017
Prayers for all of you during this sad time. I know you'll all be as much comfort as you can to Uncle Rip. Blessings to all.
Your cousin, Dalene

Illene Slykhuis Maxwell
   Posted Tue September 12, 2017
May his word be of comfort at this time.

   Posted Tue September 12, 2017
Our prayers are with your family in the loss of your mother and grandmother,
It's sad to see the youngest and last sibling passing, our prayers are with Uncle
Raymond as he deals with living without Aunt Harriet.

JUDY Tureson
   Posted Tue September 12, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through this difficult time.

Rose Veenhof
   Posted Fri September 15, 2017
Dear family, I thought a lot of Harriet. Did her hair for years and we always had such nice visits! We worked together in Brownie Scouts Which was a joy! She was my mothers good neighbor for years and they grew up together when young. My walking prevents me from doing some things as I have good and bad days. We are thinking and praying for you family in this loss. Nick and Rose Veenhof

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