Kathleen H. Becker
Aug. 19, 1918 - Jan. 18, 2013
Kathleen “Katz” Henrietta Becker (nee Hoffman, 94, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Waukesha.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I set you apart. - Jeremiah 1:5
Kathleen was born Aug. 19, 1918, in Shawano. She attended elementary school and lovingly cared for her younger brothers and sisters while growing up. On May 7, 1938, she married her childhood sweetheart, Ed Becker. Kathleen and Ed were married for 69 years until his death in 2008, and have four children: Ron (Mary) Becker, Sue (Harry) Bielinski, Cheryl (Joe) Richter and Tina (Dennis) Brand. Kathleen is also survived by her sister, Janice (Melvin) Briggs; grandchildren, Jeff Becker, Christine (Mark) Portz, Nick Becker, David Bielinski, Giorgio Bielinski, Ann Bielinski, Kathleen Richter, Christopher Richter, Dan Brand and Jamie (Kevin) Mies; great-grandchildren, Megan, Jared (J.J.), Grace, Ana, Mason, Julianna, Ari, Emily, Gabrielle, Jordan, Faith and Jacob; and numerous other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Pauline; husband, Ed; brothers, Marland, Kenneth, Benson, Roger, Richard and Leland; sisters, Lucille, Luella, Betty Ann and Valeria; and a grandson, Guy Michael.
A wife/mother/grandmother/great-grandmother of noble character ... is worth far more than jewels.
- Proverbs 31:10
In addition to being a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Kathleen was a professional chef and a successful catering business owner. Creative and self-reliant, she was an expert seamstress who made much of her and her family’s clothing and designed and created countless dolls, sweaters, scarves and hats for her grandchildren. Once, she stayed up all night to hand-stitch her daughter’s prom dress with elaborate flower detailing. This loving and devoted attention typified her life and is one of the things we will most remember about her.
Kathleen was a talented gardener who grew her own fruits and vegetables and canned them in preparation for long Wisconsin winters. In addition, she was a gifted chef. We will remember not only how delicious her food was, but also the care and thoughtfulness with which she prepared it. Whenever a family member visited her, she would remember and cook that person’s favorite dish. And no matter how busy she was when her children were young, she always cooked them a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Kathleen enjoyed taking long walks and going dancing. On weekends, she and Ed often traveled to polka fests across Wisconsin. She also enjoyed playing cards (especially sheepshead and poker) with her friends and family, playing bingo and watching classic movies and “Wheel of Fortune.”
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Love is not rude or arrogant, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered and keeps no records of wrongs. - 1 Corinthians 13:4-5.
Kathleen approached life with a quiet and unassuming strength that we admire and aspire to. Her calm presence brought peace to those around her. Kathleen set an example for us, her family, with her kindness, wisdom and patience. She was a model of compassion, unconditional love and the ability to meet life’s inevitable “slings and arrows” with grace and composure.
When we were with Kathleen, we always felt “at home.” She filled our childhoods and lives with happy memories and inspired us with words of wisdom she shared: “There is nothing impossible in life. You just have to want it bad enough.” Even now, in memory, she continues to inspire us. She is our angel. We will miss her greatly.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the noon memorial service Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Loft and Chapel at Cedar Ridge, N7-W23827 Bluemound Road, Waukesha, with a luncheon to follow.
In lieu of flowers, Kathleen’s family requests any donation to be made in her memory to Avalon Square, 222 Park Place, Waukesha, WI 53186, for the warm and loving care given to Kathleen in her final years. This donation would be directed to the Benevolence Fund that provides financial help for residents in need.
Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.