Rita Dura

Rita Dura (Becker)

Thursday, October 10th, 1929 - Thursday, January 10th, 2019
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Rita A. Dura, 89, of Dubuque died Thursday, January 10, 2019. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.
Rita was born October 10, 1929, in Dubuque, daughter of Joseph C. and Matilda (Weber) Becker. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School; and on July 13, 1961, she married Elmer J. Dura in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on June 6, 2006.
Rita worked for the Dubuque Packing Co. for 31 years, retiring in 1982.
She was an avid sewer, and enjoyed cross stitching, crossword puzzles, Jumble puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, crocheting, and collecting gnomes and elephants. Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by two sons, Michael (Jane) Becker and Gary (Mary) Dura, both of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Michelle (Charles) Tucker of Dubuque, Lisa (Kristopher) Mercer of Kings Bay, Ga., Jason Dura of Dubuque, Justin (Jennifer) Dura of Dubuque and Jarrod Dura (and friend, Rachel Woodward) of Dubuque; and six great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Elaina Tucker; Collin Mercer, Tyler Dura, Samantha Lange and Johnathin Tucker.
She is also survived by a sister, Bernice Rickey, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by four sisters, Esther Huntington, Helen Maas, Rosemary Riley and Florence Lange; and a brother, Joseph Becker.
Memorials may be made to the Rita Dura Memorial Fund.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Oak Park Place, as well as Lindsay O’Connell-Arensdorf for all of their loving care.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 13th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, January 13th, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory
    2659 John F. Kennedy Road
    DUBUQUE, IA 52002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Sunday, January 13th, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Sunday, January 13th, 2019 4:00pm
    Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory
    2659 John F. Kennedy Road
    DUBUQUE, IA 52002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Mount Calvary Cemetery
    1111 Davis Street
    DUBUQUE, IA 52001
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Posted at 10:14am
To the Dura Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my sincere sympathies. The death of a loved one is such a challenging time for the entire family. I hope that you can find some comfort in God's Word the Bible. Acts 24:15 says, "I have hope toward God...that there is going to be a resurrection..." Here the Bible is assuring us that in the near future we have the hope of being reunited with our loved ones we have lost in death. May this promise be a comfort to you during this difficult time.

Mary Dura

Posted at 12:32pm
Always kind, smiling and generous - Aunt Rita was a blessing and we will miss her. We are praying for Michael, Gary and the family and send our deepest condolences. Heaven has surely welcomed her home!
Mary, Imogene and Dan Dura

Linda Ehlinger

Posted at 01:09pm
I have so many memories over the years of Aunt Rita. Her living upstairs at the old Burden house with Grandpa Becker and my "brother" Mike. After my Mom died, she was always there to help with clothing alterations for me and for Tom. She always called Tom "Saint Thomas". We wish we could be there for you, but know our thoughts and prayers are coming your way at this sad time. Love to all, Linda and Tom

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Posted at 07:40pm
With Love from The Mercer Family.
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Posted at 05:27pm
I’m very sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. Grief can be so hard especially the first year and though it may seem like death is the final state of things God’s word offers the hope of seeing those lost in death again during the promised resurrection. Christ spoke of this resurrection which means a standing back up, a restoration to life. At John 5:28,29 and John 6:40 he says in part “do not marvel at this there is going to be a resurrection...I will resurrect him on the last day”. So be assured you can be reunited with your loved one at a time when all things are made new. A time of true peace and security! You can read this at Psalms 37:10,11,29 and Revelation 21:4,5. There are many more heartwarming scriptures that give comfort and hope. For more please visit

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