Frieda "Elfie" Beckel, 70, passed away February 8, 2010 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born July 10, 1939 in Heusweiler, Germany to Theodor and Maria Wiesen Gebhardt. She was one of twelve children. She attended schools in Heusweiler and later as a young woman worked in coffee shops and restaurants in Saarbrucken, Germany where she developed her love for cooking.
She met and married Richard Beckel and moved to the United States in 1967. She studied very hard and gained US Citizenship in 1974. She was a devoted wife and mother. Her passion for gardening and flowers was evident as her yard was always well manicured and looked like a park. She also enjoyed crocheting doilies and knitting Afghans and doll clothes. She was a wonderful cook having honed her skills in her early years working as a cook in Germany.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and 5 sisters. She is survived by her husband, Richard Beckel at the Home, her daughter, Elizabeth Weber of Walla Walla and her son, Stephan Beckel of Renton, WA.
A Memorial Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 628 Lincoln St. with Reverend Mark Koonz officiating. In lieu of flowers, the Beckel family requests that memorial contributions may be may to Walla Walla Community Hospice through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA.