Rebecca M. “Becky” Stave, 80, of Leeds, N.D. and the Lake Region area of North Dakota, passed away early Thursday morning, March 7, 2013 at Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake from cancer.

Rebecca M. “Becky” Stave, 80, of Leeds, N.D. and the Lake Region area of North Dakota, passed away early Thursday morning, March 7, 2013 at Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake from cancer.  

Funeral services for Becky will be held on Tuesday, March 12 at 11 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Devils Lake, with Rev. Jamie Desai officiating.  Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Monday from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a time of remembrance at 7 p.m.  Visitation on Tuesday will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.  

Graveside services will be held at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND on Friday, March 15 at 11 a.m.  
Serving as casket bearers for Becky will be David Olson, Michael Hammond, Steve Bracken, Randi Anfinson, James Ackerman, David Egbert and Rodney Brown. Music will be provided by Laura Stave, soloist and Lynda Pearson, organist

Rebecca Marie, daughter of Eugene B. and Marie (Kirk) Calderwood was born on February 25, 1933 in Devils Lake, N.D.  She lived and grew up in rural Crary and attended Crary Public School, graduating in 1951.  She continued her education at the Agricultural College in Fargo.  

Rebecca was united in marriage to Nelson Stave, New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1952 in Paso Robles, Calif. where Nelson was stationed with the United States Army.  When Nelson was deployed to Korea, Rebecca came back to North Dakota and stayed with her family.  In March of 1954 when Nelson was discharged, the family established their home in Leeds. The family then made Bismarck their home for 11 years, returning to the Lake Region area in September of 1979. As the waters of Devils Lake continued to rise, they were forced to again relocate and were now living in rural Leeds.  

Becky was a member of the Eastern Star and very active member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, the WELCA, the quilters and lefse makers and many other activities of the church.  She was a seamstress, sewing clothing for herself and her family and also managed to tend to a large vegetable and flower garden each year. Of course the canning and preserving was also part of caring for the garden and she always generously shared the produce with family and friends.  

Becky felt she was truly blessed to be a wife and mother of six children.  She devoted her life to caring for and nurturing her children and to loving her husband with all her heart. She treasured her grandchildren and great grandchildren and was proud of each and every one of them.  

Becky is survived by her husband of 60 years, Nelson; children, Daniel Stave and his wife Candace of Leeds, Kent Stave and his wife, Yvonne of Sparks, Nev., Dawn Stave of Bismarck, N.D., Karl Stave and his wife Barb of Greenfield, Wisc., Lowell Stave and his wife, Lori of Denver, Colo. and Lane Stave and his wife, Laura of LaQuinta, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, Traci (David) Ripplinger; Richard Stave and Amber (Brandon) Borden; Bryan Stave, Joel Stave and Rachel Stave; Koel (Jennifer) Stave and Leevi (Lyndsay) Stave; Jacob Stave, Tanner Stave and Kyla Stave; five great grandchildren, Katie, Tommy and Michael Ripplinger and Kyler and Kaylee Broden; brother, Donald Calderwood and his wife, Jeannette of Crary; several nieces and nephews.  

Becky was preceded in death by her parents, E.B. and Marie Calderwood and brothers, George, Russell and Willis  Calderwood.  
Friends may sign the online register book and share memories of Becky at

Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of arrangements.