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Obituary: Gertrude Ellen Beckner

Gertrude Ellen Peak Beckner, 1921 – 2010

Gertrude Ellen Beckner, 89 of Bremerton, Washington,

Jan. 17, 1921 to March 14, 2010

Gertie passed away March 14th at Ashley Gardens due to complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.

She was born in Berthoud, Colorado to Herbert and Nellie Peak. She moved to Bremerton as a young girl and graduated from Bremerton High School in 1940. She married the man of her dreams, Millard (Beck) Beckner, in 1941.

Gertie worked for F.W. Woolworth in Bremerton for 25 years. She enjoyed traveling, RVing with the Sounder Sams, sewing and knitting.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, son Tom (Sandy) of Renton and daughter Susie Rankin of Bremerton, grandchildren Jeff Beckner, Aimee Galley (Mark) and Aaron Rankin, three great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Ed Peak, Lyle Peak, Bob Peak and sisters Edna Barager, Ruthie Peak, and Jackie Peak.

Gertie was a Life Member of VFW Post 239 and DAV #5 Auxillary. She was also a member of the First Christian Church.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Ashley Gardens for all they do every day.

Gertie, Mom, Grandma Deke…we all love and miss you very much.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday March 27th at 1 p.m. at the First Christian Church at 811 Veneta Avenue in Bremerton.

Editor’s note

Gertrude Becker’s relatives  still living in Berthoud are Joyce Wilson and Gary Wamsley. There are also several Peak descendants still living in Loveland. Ed Peak, Lyle Peak and Edna Peak Barager were half brother’s and sister. Nellie Peak was nee Puntney, a once prominent Loveland family. Nellie’s first husband was Frank Peak, who, as night marshall, was shot and killed in the line of duty in Loveland in 1915. The Loveland Police Museum is named in his honor. After Frank’s untimely death, Nell married his cousin, Herbert Benjamin Peak.

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