Elnora Olinda (Gens) Becker was born May 5, 1918 in Ceresco Township of Blue Earth County to August O. Gens and Frieda (Maus) Gens. She grew up in the Madelia area and was one of thirteen children in her family. She attended Trinity Lutheran Church of Fielden and Zion Lutheran Church of Lewisville. Elnora was united in marriage to Henry Becker on April 19, 1936 at St. John Lutheran Church of Good Thunder, MN. They raised seven children and farmed in the Lewisville and Madelia area until Henry retired. Elnora also worked at Tony Downs Foods for many years. Upon retirement, the couple moved to an acreage East of Madelia. After Henry's death, Elnora lived there for 25 more years, gardening and taking care of the lawn. When her health became a factor, she moved into an apartment in Madelia for 6 years, then moved into an assisted living home in Lake Crystal until her death.
Elnora Olinda Becker age 99, of Madelia, MN died on April 12, 2018, at The Beacon at Lake Crystal, MN.
Elnora is survived by her children, Lorraine (Merlin) Zarn of Amboy, Janice Kollmann of Mankato, Albert (Joyce) Becker of Windom, Wallace (Laurell) Becker of Madelia, Phyllis Jensen of Camden, SC; sisters Donna Borneke of Mankato, Betty Wolff of Madison Lake; brothers Richard Gens of Good Thunder, Robert Gens of Mapleton; 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; daughters Arlene Stokes, Shirley Lemke; grandson Scott Becker, and sons-in-law, Lester Westcott, Norm Kollmann, Hubert Lemke and Gary Jensen.