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Josephine Bech Becwar
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Birth: Jun. 4, 1873
Death: Jul. 24, 1951

Daughter of Jan and Anna (Kotas) Bech.


Mrs. Josephine Becwar, daughter of John and Anna Bech early pioneers of Fillmore county was born in Kozedech Czechoslovakia, June 4,1873.

At the age of three months, she came to this country with her parents, arriving September 15,1873, and locating in Braidwood, Ill. where her father was employed in the coal mines. Leaving Braidwood, they moved to a farm in Saline County, Nebraska, July 12, 1881.

February 24, 1897 she was united in marriage to Mike Becwar. Three sons and five daughters were borh to this union. The family lived in Fillmore county five miles northwest of Milligan 25 years. In 1923 they moved to a farm near Tobias,where they resided 21 years at which time their youngest son Gus passed away. They then sold this farm and moved to Geneva, where they lived for four years. During their residence there, they had the privilege of celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

Three years ago, they moved to Milligan to be closer to their children. Mrs. Mike Becwar, like many of the women who came to this new country, learned early to adjust herself to the rigid demands of pioneer life and in this process learned to rightly evaluate the fine values and beauties of a rapidly developing country.

She loved nature and loved to work with her flowers, and made her home attractive with them. Her wish was that if she died when her flowers were blooming, to have a spray made from her garden. (a wish that was fulfilled)

Mrs. Becwar passed away at her home Tuesday morning, July 24, 1951 at the age of 78 years, 1 month and 20 days, after an illness of several weeks, four weeks were spent in the General hospital at Geneva. During this time of failing health, she carried on with enduring courage, always thinking of others first.

She was a good friend and made friends everywhere she lived and will be remembered by many by this personality. She was not only a good friend, but a good wife and a loving mother.

Those left to mourn her death are her husband Mike Sr., five daughters Mrs. James J. (Barbara) Tesar of Milligan, Mrs. LeRoy (Anna) Foster of Geneva; Mrs. L.J. (Rose) Svec of Milligan; Mrs. James (Emma) Koca of Exeter; Mrs. Melvin (Vlasta) Moore of Buhl, Idaho; two sons, Mike Jr. and Frank, both of near Exeter; 14 grandchildren seven great-grandchildren ; a sister Mrs. Emma Nohava of Millidan; and a host of other relatives and friends. Preceding herin death were her youngest son Gus, who passed away in Egypt, while serving in World War II, and one grandson Lloyd Svec, who died at the age of four, also three sisters, one of whom died in infancy, Anna at the age of 16, and Mary Svoboda in 1948; and a brother Joe Bech, who died in 1944.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, July 26,at 2 o'clock at the Milligan auditorium with Charles Smrha of Lincoln delivering the funeral oration.

Mrs. Becwar was a Gold Star member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 240 and members of that organization were the bearers for the many beautiful floral tributes. 
Family links: 
  Jan Bech
  Anna Bech (1835 - 1916)
  Mike Becwar (1872 - 1963)
  Anna E Becwar Jirkovsky Foster (1904 - 1985)*
  Gus A. Becwar (1911 - 1943)*
  Joseph Bech (1868 - 1944)*
  Josephine Bech Becwar (1873 - 1951)
  Anna Bech (1877 - 1893)*
*Calculated relationship
Bohemian Brethren Cemetery
Fillmore County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: E264
Created by: M. Jensen Seggerman
Record added: Jun 24, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 112802569
Josephine <i>Bech</i> Becwar
Added by: M. Jensen Seggerman
Josephine <i>Bech</i> Becwar
Added by: M. Jensen Seggerman
Josephine <i>Bech</i> Becwar
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 Added: May. 26, 2014

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