Petrik, Rebecca Diane

September 22, 1954 - May 4, 2020

Rebecca Diane Petrik was born in Sidney, Montana on September 22, 1954 to J.T.Petrik, Jr. and Joan (Evanson) Petrik. She died in Richardson, Texas on May 4, 2020 at the age of 65.

Becky graduated from Sidney Senior High School (Montana) in 1972. She attended Concordia College at Moorhead (Minnesota) and graduated in 1976 with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She earned her Masters degree from University of North Texas in 1987.

Her career was marked by a deep commitment to early childhood education, beginning with kindergarten teaching positions in Marinette, Wisconsin and Plano, Texas. In 1980 she began work as
a teacher in the Brookhaven College Child Development Lab School. In 1982 she became Director of the Child Development Laboratory School, and served in that position until 1989. In subsequent years she taught classes at the college as an adjunct faculty member.

For the following twenty-six years she worked at the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, first as Child Care Specialist, then as an Associate VP of Child Care Services, and finally as Grant Manager until her retirement in 2015. She firmly believed in the mission of the YMCA toward the strengthening of community, and in particular for the health and safety of children.

She is survived by her mother, Joan (Roger) Stenerson; her sisters, Beth (Paul) Raaen and Kate (Michael) Sciascia; brother, Jeff (Pam) Petrik, as well as three nieces: Rebecca (Nate) Raymond, Lauren (Kevin) Eldridge, Jenna (John) Watkins, and nephew, Paul Michael Sciascia, as well as eight grandnieces and nephews. Becky was preceded in death by her father, J.T. Petrik, Jr. and her grandparents, Ed and Mamie Evanson, and Jerome and Joyce (Hull) Petrik.

Arrangements have been made by Aria Cremation Services and Funeral Home. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her memory to North Texas Food Bank (Child Programs).

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Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

8 replies on “Petrik, Rebecca Diane”

Tim & Kim Klasna says:

We send our prayers for comfort to Beckys family and fond memories of her are instilled in our minds.Love you all.

Robin Baldock says:

I am so sad to hear of Becky’s passing. She was such a sweet and caring person. Bless you all.

Betsy Pennuto says:

We will continually love Becky and we will see her again. Our hearts hurt and they hurt for all of you as you go through this grief journey. Please know we are here loving you all and holding you close in our hearts! Love you forever!!!

Jennifer Struble says:

Becky was a truly devoted and giving person. She is loved and will deeply missed by so many.

Jann Leppien says:

We are so sorry to hear the news about Becky. She was so kind to me in many ways growing up in Sidney. I’m deeply sorry for your loss.

Deborah Evanson Keller says:

I was so sad to hear Becky has passed from this world. She was so committed to children and had such a kind heart. I am sad to hear of herpassing but know she is continuing her dedication to the lord and children in heaven. God bless to all of her family and friends that are missing her. Love Debbie Evanson Keller

Penny Krugler says:

Becky was one of my dearest friends in high school – we laughed and cried together many times – more emphasis on the laughs because she had the best giggle and the witty sense of humor to go with it! Some of my fondest memories of those high school days involve her, and I treasure them. She was such fun to be around! I especially remember all the times we enjoyed making music together while Beck strummed the guitar…. So many memories. I got to visit with her once in Dallas in the early eighties – she was so accomplished even then, but yet was still the same dear Becky I knew and loved. I’m very lucky to have known her.

Linda Lusk says:

Joan, I was so saddened to learn of your daughter’s passing. My deepest sympathies are with you, Roger, and your family.

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