Leona ‘Lee’ E. Becker
July 15, 1924 – April 11, 2010
Leona "Lee" Elaine Becker (nee Betz) of
Waukesha died peacefully in her home Sunday, April 11, 2010, at the age of
Leona was born July 15, 1924, in Brookfield, to
Edwin C.H. Betz and Marie M. Olschewske. She spent her early years on
LeCarlian Farm, Brookfield, and received her elementary education at
Hillside School near her home. Lee attended Waukesha High School and
graduated in the Class of 1942. Her interest in art, drama and music
continued because of her early training in these fields. For several
years, she sang professionally, including opera. Her artistic talents were
also displayed in her verses, sketches, paintings and dress designing.
After high school, Lee worked as a tool designer for the Waukesha Motor
Works. She also worked in telephone sales for the local Mary Kay Cosmetics
director, Joyce Laux, from 1977 to 1982.
Lee was married July 3, 1947, to Henry "Heinie"
Becker of Waukesha, who died Dec. 17, 1993. Like her beloved husband, she
enjoyed observing the natural world around their Waukesha home.
Confined to a wheelchair due to polio since 1952,
Lee’s positive attitude, determination, courage and independent spirit
carried her through life’s many challenges. An entirely selfless
individual, she always placed others’ needs before her own. Family and
friends were her greatest joy, and her circle of influence was much wider
than the narrow boundaries of her disabilities.
Lee provided ongoing support, therapy and love to
her son, Rick, after he suffered a severe stroke in 1975, following a car
accident and resulting head injury. She continued to support and champion
him until the end.
A social person, Lee greatly enjoyed the meetings
of their longtime "Card Club," which included friends and
neighbors. They met at her home until very recently, when her declining
health prevented further gatherings.
She was affiliated with St. Luke’s Lutheran
She will be dearly missed by daughter, Linda (Tom)
Dougherty of Waukesha; son, Richard (Terry) Becker, also of Waukesha;
cherished grandson, Christopher (Allison) Dougherty of Clarkston, Mich.;
special nieces and nephews, Joel "Bunny" (Karen) Hoeppner, Jerry
Hoeppner, Judy Brackin, Karen Eckmann, Curt (Jill) Betz, Betty Scopp and
Bill (Tammy) Scopp; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; infant
twin son, Donald "Donny"; sister, Lillian "Lilly" Hoeppner; brother, Carl "Carlie" Betz; and her husband, Henry
The family would like to extend a special thank
you to "Becky" Khongorzul Nasanjargal, Mom’s fulltime
caregiver since September 2009. Because of Becky’s care, Mom was able to
spend her last days in her own home.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 6:30
p.m. funeral service Friday, April 16, at Cesarz, Charapata &
Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Interment will be
at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 17, at Prairie Home Cemetery. Please meet at
the cemetery. Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home is serving
the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for
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"Some people come into
our lives and quickly go.
Some stay for a while
and leave footprints
on our hearts, And we are never the same."