Ellen Rebecca, “Becky” Greenwald, 93, of Lincoln, passed away from this life on Nov. 5, 2014. She was born July 24, 1921 in Wheatland, WY, to John and Miriam (Horrocks) Evans and grew up in Falls City with her sister, Marianne (Aunt Mimo) and cousin Itzy.
She was a long-time member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and belonged to P.E.O. Chapter FG. Becky’s legacy will be carried on by family members, including daughter, Gretchen (Dick) Bomberger, of Lincoln; her sons, John (Paula) Greenwald, of Minneapolis, MN, Jeff (Judy) Greenwald, of Lincoln, Fred (Mary) Greenwald, of Farmington, NM and Todd Greenwald, of Lincoln. Her devoted grandchildren include Sarah (Charles) Keller, Jennifer Doggett, Sue Ann Strauss, all of Lincoln, Michelle (Steve) Blomquist of Hallock, MN, Molly Greenwald of Hollywood, CA, Jessica Greenwald and Rick Carter, Noah (Jessica) Greenwald, Kate Greenwald and Nolan Day and Chelsea Greenwald, all of Lincoln; 13 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. Her sister, Marianne (Don) Nicola resides in Omaha.
Becky was preceded in death by her husband, Charles (Chuck), the love of her life, whom she married in 1942 in Falls City. Theirs was a war-time love story that flourished for 33 years. Becky was a devoted member of her church since 1953, serving on the Alter Guild, the Vestry, and St. Anne’s Guild. She was a kitchen maven who mastered the fine art of cooking pheasant and quail that Chuck brought home, serving family feasts and simple delights, always with enough for unexpected guests and children. She enjoyed a good bridge game, including duplicate, crosswords, Boggle, and Scrabble, at any of which she could beat the best of us. Entertaining family friends was one of her joys, which frequently ended in a little demonstration of the Charleston! Her keen sense of English grammar and spelling, attributed to the strict teaching in public school and her tenure at Peru State College, was generously shared, pouring over grandchildren’s writing assignments at the dining room table.
Becky was known for her light-hearted limericks, tucked into birthday cards or scribed and attached to Christmas gifts. She also took up cross-stitching and needlepoint later in life, which several of us enjoy in our homes. She was loved by her two cats, Lily and Jack, who gave her endless pleasure. Becky will long be remembered as an unassuming, kind, and non-judgmental friend, mother, and grandmother who loved and was proud of us all.
Services were held Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, with Fr. Craig Gavin officiating. Memorials to the church or Clark Jeary Retirement Center of Lincoln. Visitation was Sunday at Roper and Sons. Condolences online at Roperandsons.com