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Alpha Bechel

Friday, February 22, 2008

CHAFFEE -- Alpha Leona Bechel, 100, of Chaffee, died Feb. 21, 2008, at Jackson Manor in Jackson.

She was born Aug. 24, 1907, in Chaffee, daughter of the late Levi John and Elenora Elizabeth Scheeter Bechel. She worked for many years in Louisville, Ky., and retired as a secretary at International Shoe Company in St. Louis. She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, where she was the first baby baptized and of the Daughters of St. Ambrose.

In addition to her parents, two sisters, Mabel Stehr and Juanita Bechel, also preceded her in death.

Survivors include: two nieces, Linda (Wayne) Patterson of Oran and Jean Ann Diebold of Gladstone; one nephew, Larry (Pam) Stehr of St. Louis; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visitation will be at St. Ambrose Catholic Church at 9 a.m. Monday until time of the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. The Rev. Ralph Duffner will serve as celebrant.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.