Leatrice Beckman

Leatrice E. "Leat" Beckman

Thursday, July 21st, 1927 - Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
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Leatrice E. “Leat” Beckman, 92, of St. Joseph, passed away, Wednesday, May 06, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Due to the current Covid-19 precautions, private family service and burial have been held at Riverview Cemetery. Memorial donations in Leatrice’s name may be made to Caring Circle Hospice. Those wishing to sign Leat’s Memory Book online may do so at

Leat was born July 21, 1927 in Benton Harbor to William & Marquita (Spangler) Fonger. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School, Class of 1945. On July 19, 1947, she married Frederick Beckman in St. Joseph at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. Leat worked for several years at V-M Corporation in Benton Harbor, from 1945-1953 she worked as a secretary at Auto Specialties, and retired from Heath-Zenith after twenty-two years in 1989. Leat was a long-time member of St. Peter’s Church where she sang in the choir. She cherished the time spent with her family and many friends, and enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Leat is survived by her children-Tracy Pendergrass of St. Joseph, Becky (Spencer) Johnson of St. Joseph, Frederick (Margie) Beckman of Bridgman; grandchildren-Courtney (Nathan) Phillips, Jeremy (Keelin) Johnson, Jay Pendergrass, Nicole Beckman, & Tyler Beckman; grand-daughter-in-law Samantha Pendergrass; great-grandchildren-Alexis & Bryce Pendergrass, Ellie & Fox Johnson, Jonah Phillips; and her special niece and long-time partner in crime, Linda Scherer of St. Joseph. She was preceded by her husband Fred in 2005, their daughter Rory Ann Beckman in 1968, and her grandson Dustin Pendergrass in 2011.

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    Riverview Cemetery
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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    Private Family Services and Burial have taken place due to the Covid-19 precautions Memorial donations in Leat's name may be made to Caring Circle Hospice.
  • Interment

    Riverview Cemetery
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Private burial has taken place


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Deb Gulino

Posted at 11:38am
Dear Tracy, Becky & Fred Jr,
My deepest sympathies on the passing of your mom. She was a wonderful women and I have such fond memories of the time spent at your home when we were young. Both she & your dad were just the best. My sincere condolences in your loss.
Deb Gulino

Tim Haase

Posted at 09:59pm
We would like to send our condolences to the Beckman family. She was always a joy to visit with when visiting friends and family in Michigan. I have so many memories I don't know where to begin. The earliest memory was when I was about 4 years old, Leatrice and Fred (senior) took care of me and my baby brother who was still in diapers while our parents went on vacation to D.C. for a week.

Darcy Eisenhart Stuck

Posted at 09:12pm
On behalf of SJHS Class of 1973, I would like to offer our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. Please know that your classmate's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time in your lives.

Stacey Kliemann

Posted at 09:07am
You will be missed. Your smile , your laugh, your great sense of humor. Most of all your presence in this world. Until we meet again my friend.
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Patricia-Tony Catania

Posted at 09:07pm
Leat was a person, when she entered the room, lit it up and brought a smile to many. I love that woman. They don’t make them like her anymore.
Her children are apples that didn’t fall far from the tree. God bless you Beckman family.

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