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Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
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Rebecca “Becky” Jane Utke passed away peacefully on Friday, March 5th after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, while surrounded by her loving family.

Becky was born on August 1, 1950 to parents William (Bill) and Leona Black. She attended college at NDSU, beginning her avid following of the Bison. Becky met the love of her life in the summer of 1967 and she and David were married on June 28th, 1969. They made their home on the farm near Glenfield. David and Becky enjoyed a full and happy life together for nearly 52 years.

Becky was an active member of the local community. She was involved in a variety of organizations over the years, including Glenfield Lutheran Church, teaching Luther League and serving on the Altar Guild. She had many great memories of her friends in the Glenfield Homemakers Club. In the mid-90’s, Becky began working in various positions in the medical field, retiring at the end of 2016 from Sanford Health as a certified medical coder.

Becky’s greatest love in life was spending time with her family. She could pull everyone together with a good game or puzzle. She thoroughly enjoyed shopping, decorating, and getting together for the holidays. Christmas was her Super Bowl. Everyone knew Grandma Becky was a perfect gift giver. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. She loved supporting them by attending school and athletic activities, providing baked goods and treats, and making gift baskets for every holiday.

Her hobbies included gardening, quilting, camping, cooking, listening to music and traveling. Becky was known for living her life with grace, having a loving gentle spirit, and a strong quiet faith. She loved spending time at the lake and socializing with friends and family whenever possible.

She is survived by her loving husband, David; her children, Janna (Todd) Vetsch, Fargo, ND, Joel (Holly) Utke, Glenfield, ND; her grandchildren, Ben and Josh Vetsch, Drew, Ethan and Bryce Utke and Brooke, Hudson and Sienna Topp; her mother Leona Black, New Rockford, ND, sisters Barb Venarchick, Casa Grande, AZ, Donetta Black, Casa Grande, AZ, her brother Kevin (Judy) Black, Grace City, ND, and sister in law Judy Stevens, Rochester, MN, her nieces and nephews Eric (De Anne) Stevens, Mike (Tranette) Stevens, Brenna (Bryan) Coltrane, Meghan McLaughlin, Kim (Kip) Brandt, and Shane (Jess) Black, as well as several great nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made in Becky’s memory to your local Hospice or the Roger Maris Cancer Center.

A Visitation will be Thursday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM with family present from 4:00PM-5:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

Becky’s Funeral Service will be held Friday, March 12, 2021, at 2:00PM at Prairie Faith Church, Glenfield, ND.

A Burial will be at the Glenfield Cemetery, Glenfield, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained a beautiful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I know how you are feeling right now having lost a loved one just resent. They say time heals all, I guess we will see together. My prayers and love are with you.

  3. David and family; so sorry for your loss. Cherish the precious memories that she gave to you.

  4. So sorry for your loss. Love, hugs and prayers for all of you. Love, Jeff and Kathy

  5. I am so sorry to hear of Becky’s passing….I will remember her as a gentle, kind and soft spoken person. She was a great mom to work with when I taught her kids…do supportive of teachers and the school. I enjoyed our times serving at basketball games together, ” back in the day”….our sincere condolences to all of you.

  6. Thinking of you as you mourn the loss and celebrate the life of such a gentle giving soul. May your grief be lessened by knowing how many hold you in their hearts and prayers at this difficult time.

  7. I am so very sorry for your loss. Becky was always such a wonderful person. She was such a gracious loving gal and my thoughts and prayers are with David and all of her family. God bless and heaven gained a true angel.

  8. I’m so sorry to hear about Becky. I worked with Becky at Sanford for quite a few years. She loved life and her family. I got to see pictures regularly. God Bless your family.

  9. David and family…
    We are so sorry to hear about Becky. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  10. Sorry for your loss David, remember you getting married while we were at NDSU. As I remember you became a 4.0 student after Becky and you got married!

  11. David, We were saddened to read of Becky’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and your kids and grandkids. May the thoughts of Becky carry you through these difficult times.

  12. Sending condolences to all the Utkes. I’m glad I had the chance to meet Becky, she had a lively spirit ( and I know she passed on). I hope all your memories of her help soothe your hearts during the tough times. Love and hug up one another. God Bless Becky & her family.

  13. David and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Becky’s passing. I recall way, way, “back in the day” attending state Luther League convention and Becky and I stayed with 2 other gals at a home in Fargo..she was such a kind soft spoken gal.
    May God give you strength and comfort in the days ahead.
    We are sorry you have to go through this.

  14. Francis and Jan Ziegler

    Dave and family, Jan and I are so very sorry to hear of Becky’s passing. Her soft smile and kind personality were so very infectious. We loved being around the two of you! May the memories of her always be in your hearts and know that God is taking care of her now. And may God bless you and help you and your family through this difficult time.

  15. David and Family, Jane and I were so sorry to hear of Becky’s passing. She was a very gracious person and a great example to friends and family. I have many good memories of farm calls to Dave and Becky’s. May you always cherish the great memories of her and keep them in your heart. Please know that Becky and your family are in our prayers and thoughts.
    Your Friends, Steve and Jane

  16. So sorry to hear about Becky’s passing. I worked with her for several years at Sanford, she was a good friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family during this difficult time.

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. Becky was a wonderful and gracious person. I got to know Becky through work at Sanford and we realized we grew up in the same area but went to different schools. May you cherish the many precious memories and keep them in your heart. My sincere condolences to Becky’s entire family.

  18. David and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. I remember as a summer job while in college, staining the woodwork in your master bath. Becky was so encouraging. She always said hello and was genuinely interested in how you were doing. I also remember my mom making your wedding cake. Keep the memories close, they help with the deep sorrow.

  19. My heart goes out to Leona and family of Becky. No words can express the loss you are feeling. My deepest sympathy as I remember Becky when we were little girls who played together. I loved that we actually got to spend time together as grown adults a few years ago. So warm and wonderful memories I have.

  20. Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Utke family on the loss of Becky. We wish you strength and peace.

    The Loder Family


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