Deborah S. ‘Deb’ Becknell

Deborah S. “Deb” Becknell, 56, of Warsaw, Ind., and formerly of Berne, Ind., passed away at 12:54 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in Parkview Hospital North, Fort Wayne, Ind.

She was born June 6, 1956, in Decatur, Ind., to Merlin and Carolyn (Bixler) Steiner. She married Luke Becknell on April 11, 1976, in Berne.

She was a hair stylist and co-owner of Today’s Headlines. She was a 1974 graduate of South Adams High School, Berne, and graduate of Ravenscroft Beauty College, Fort Wayne. She also a member of First United Methodist Church, Warsaw; active in the First United Methodist Music Team and the Community Closet (which she helped start). She was a perfect wife and great business partner; ultimate soccer mom; always welcomed her sons’ friends with a full refrigerator and was known by several of them as their second mom; best nana a little boy could have; great cook and baker; she selflessly cared for all whether family, friend or stranger.

“She was loved by her husband, Luke, sons Brian and Craig, their wives, her grandson, her sisters, brother, mother, and many other family and friends. We miss her so dearly but we celebrate her new life with Jesus. Our last few days with her were blessings from God filled with celebration dinners, laughs, hugs, boat rides and lots of time with ‘nana.’ As we join together we remember her as she lived, with joy.”

Mrs. Becknell is survived by her husband: Luke Becknell, Warsaw; two sons: Brian (Nikole) Becknell, Warsaw; Craig (Valerie) Becknell, Chicago, Ill.; a grandson: Noah; her mother: Carolyn Steiner, Berne; a brother: Rick (Nancy) Steiner, Berne; and two sisters: Sonnie (Phil) Litwiller, Berne; Kathy (Ted) Liechty, Berne.

She was preceded in death by her father: Merlin Steiner; and a nephew: Matthew Steiner.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9, and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at The Connection – First United Methodist Church, 1692 W. Lake St., Warsaw. A service will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at the church.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 179 S. Indiana St., Warsaw, IN 46580, or Amyloidosis MS 128, c/o Dr. Merrill Benson, 635 Barnhill Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, is caring for the family.




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