Josephine “Josie” Ros (nee: Saavedra) Beckett, 78, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care–All Saints on Friday, April 24, 2009, with her family at her side. Josie was born in Texas on August 30, 1930, the daughter of Margarito and Cruse (nee: Gonzales) Saavedra.
She was united in marriage to William “Bill” Beckett at Holy Communion Lutheran Church on June 26, 1954. Josie was a faithful and devoted member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church, along with being very involved in the Evangelism Committee and the Prayer chain at Holy Communion.
She was an avid Packers and Brewers fan, and along with her husband found great enjoyment in attending citywide softball games. Most of all, Josie found her greatest love spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Josie is survived by her husband Bill, the love of her life, of almost 55 years, along with her devoted children, Rose (David) Bequeaith, William Jr. (Susan) Beckett, Vicki (Domingo) Chavez, all of Racine, Cynthia (Victor Sr.) Chavez, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; her loving twelve grandchildren, Jennifer (Joe), Rachel, Lisa, Billy III, Victor Jr., Christopher, Joshua, Jeremy, Zachary (Anica), Ashley, Matthew and Jarred.
She is further survived by her adoring great-grandchildren, Juanio, Hailey, Selena, Cailyn, Aiden, Nevaeh and Nathan; brothers and sisters, Esther (Paul) Bishop of Racine, Frank Rodriguez of Milwaukee, Mike (Nancy) Saavedra, Ann Beckett and Mickey (Judy) Saavedra all of Racine; and two godchildren, Julie Beckett and Brandon Bernal.
Josie is also survived by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Guadalupe Braun; and great granddaughter Faith Haluska.
Funeral services honoring and remembering Josie’s life will be held at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 2000 W. 6th St., on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Jeff Barrow and Rev. Kathy Brown officiating. Burial will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at the Sturino Funeral Home on Monday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until service time at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family in Josie’s name to be directed at a later date would be appreciated.
Josies’ family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nursing staff at W.F.H.–All Saints I.C.U. for their fine care, and to Andrew and Carol Duncan for their never-ending friendship. Most of all, a very special thank you to Rev. Jeff Barrow and Rev. Kathy Brown for their friendship and spiritual support during Josie’s illness and always.
Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine 262 632-4479