Rebecca "Becky" J. Church

May 21, 2019
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Funeral Services: 10:30 AM, Friday, May 24, 2019, at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, 1307 West Ridgeway Ave. in Waterloo.


4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th St., Waterloo and for an hour before funeral services at the church.


Burial will take place at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, IA at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Walnut Ridge Baptist Church or Friendship Village


Rebecca "Becky" Jeanne Church, 83, of Waterloo, formerly of Hudson, died on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Lakeview Landing of Friendship Village.

She was born May 13, 1936, in Indianapolis, IN, daughter of Raymond George and Eljeannetta Ruth Airhart Hobbs.

She married Jason Frederic Church on August 4, 1956, in Sheffield.

Becky graduated from Shortridge High School, Indianapolis, in 1955, earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1972 from the University of Northern Iowa, and later her master's degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa.

She was a kindergarten teacher for Hudson Community Schools for 26 years until retiring in 1998.

Becky was a member of Walnut Ridge Baptist Church where she was very active in the Golden Walnuts. She loved her family and loved her God.

Becky is survived by her husband, Jason of Waterloo; three sons, Bryan (Karmen) Church of Grimes, David (Barb) Church of Tomah‚ WI, and Thomas (Carla) Church of Panora; seven grandchildren: Kelsey (Zach) Miner of Pleasant Hill, Jason (Bella Barbosa) Church of Hudson, WI, John Church of La Crosse, WI, Jake Church of Ft. Benning, GA, Abraham Church of Greenwood, IN, Anna (Caleb) Humburg of Creston, and Abigail Church of Panora.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

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  1. Jackie Wulf | May 25, 2019
    Our oldest son Randy was in the 1st kindergarten class that Becky taught and she went on to teach our other children that went through Hudson.  What a special lady she was and a special teacher to get those kindergartners off to a good.  Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you go through these difficult days.   
  2. Denny & Kathy Lenth | May 25, 2019

     Jason & Family,

    We are sad to learn about Becky's passing.  She was a great person and Hudson School was so lucky to have her teach so many years.  Denny & I enjoyed having all of you in our lives.  Denny had such a great football coaching experience in Hudson and he thanks you for that.  When he gets to feeling better, we hope to be able to contact you! Sending all our Best Wishes to you!

     Denny & Kathy Lenth

  3. Elaine Clarke | May 24, 2019

    Dear Jason and family,

      I was so sorry to hear of Becky’s

    passing.  We were friends and

    co-workers for many years at Hudson.

    She was an excellent teacher and

    lovely friend.  🙏

    Elaine Clarke

  4. Mike Zoz | May 23, 2019

    Dave, sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a saint for putting up with all the   antics that went on in your basement. I have a lot of fond memories from those days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. 

  5. Lori Archer | May 22, 2019
     Bryan, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.  Prayers to you and your family.
  6. Karen Holmes Bahit | May 22, 2019
    Sending prayers for your family at this extremely difficult time. 
  7. Karen Holmes BahitCRCHB | May 22, 2019
    Sending many prayers for the family at this extremely difficult time. 
  8. David Zoz | May 22, 2019

    Brian and family.....our thoughts and prayers are with you.


  9. Jon Leinen | May 21, 2019
    Bryan, Karmen, and family, Our sympathy to you with this news of the loss of your wife/ Mom/Grandma.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  Jon and Shirl Leinen
  10. Jan Gardner Madson | May 21, 2019

     So sad to learn of Becky's passing.  I have known her for about 35 years.  My oldest son had her decades ago as a kindergarten teacher.  His handwriting was terrible and still is.  At conferences, she brushed off his cryptic writing by saying, "He'll be fine.  He will grow up and have a job and can have his secretary write for him."  Now he can type as fast as a secretary and so he doesn't need any improvement on handwriting.  She and my mother both taught at Hudson Community Schools.


    I enjoyed knowing Becky in her later years at Friendship Village.  She was fun and warm.  I came to know that she was a pillar of strength for another resident whose wife had challenges with dementia.  Becky was her rock.  She was an impressive gal.   

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