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Becraft, Ellen M. French
Ellen M. French Becraft, 54, Woodhull, died at OSF Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth, IL at 3:43 p.m. on April 25th, 2012.

Ellen was born August 26th, 1957 in La Crosse, WI, the daughter of Mary and Kenneth G. French. She married Ken Becraft on November 6th, 1982.

Ellen is survived by her loving husband, Ken, her son, Nathan, her father, Kenneth G. French of La Crosse, and numerous other aunts, uncles, and cousins. Also surviving are her mother and father in-law, Jerry and Carol Becraft of Roseville, IL; and three brothers-in-law: David (Jodi) Becraft and family of Baraboo, WI; Steven (Jeanne) Becraft and family of Victoria, MN; and Richard (Jauna) Becraft and family of Baraboo, WI.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary French, and her sister, Linda French.

She graduated from The University of Wisconsin- La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish in 1980.

Ellen spent her entire career teaching second and third grade. Ellen taught for twenty-eight years at Roseville Elementary School in Roseville, IL, and spent the past two years teaching at Harding Elementary School in Monmouth, IL. For the past four years, she served in the role of Lead Teacher where she provided leadership for the staff when the principal was away from the building. She also served as the third grade level chair for the past two years. Her peers always looked to her for educational expertise and her specialty in working with students, parents, and fellow academic partners. In addition to her leadership role, she was always supportive of the achievements of her students, especially in writing. She was an outstanding writing teacher and was the main contributor of the ''Young Author's Program.'' Her theatrical skills always came through when making a student's story come to life for the audience at the Dahl Chapel. She always led her co-workers and students with encouragement and a larger than life personality. Ellen was also a member of the Positive Based Interventions and Supports Team. She had an innate ability to look at the big picture and inspire the students to make positive choices on a daily basis. She had great classroom management skills, but she did so in a way with which her students could relate and enjoy. Her last role in leadership came recently when she represented the Harding Staff as part of the new principle search committee. She was a nominee and recipient of numerous ''Teacher of the Year'' awards across the region. Perhaps most of all, hundreds of students will always remember making Thanksgiving pumpkin pies with Mrs. Becraft each year.

Aside from her career, Ellen was a phenomenal chef and an avid Packers football fan. Her greatest joy in life was being a wife and mother.

Both services will take place at the Roseville Community Center. The visitation will be on Sunday, April 29th from 4:00-7:00p.m. The funeral will be held on Monday, April 30th at 2:00p.m. Burial will be in the Roseville Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials can be made in Ellens memory to the Monmouth-Roseville Education Foundation or the Roseville Community Center. Please sign the online guestbook at www.cormanmh.com. Corman Memorial Home Roseville, IL is in charge of the arrangements.
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