Phyllis J. Becker, 95, of Beaver Dam died on Friday, May 17, 2013. She was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on January 30, 1918, the daughter of Louis and Elsie Mueller. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church beginning at 11:00 AM. The memorial gathering will be before the service beginning at 9:30 AM.
Phyllis attended Oshkosh State Teachers College, now UW-Oshkosh, and graduated in 1940 with a Bachelors Degree in elementary education. She taught in the Appleton, South Milwaukee and Racine schools after graduation until moving to Beaver Dam when she retired from teaching to raise her boys.
On September 5, 1942 she was married to Eric T. Becker of Oshkosh. Phyllis and Eric lived in Beaver Dam since 1949. In 1949 Eric became high school principal and in 1952 he became Superintendent of Schools until 1981 when retirement called. They wintered in Arizona and loved it for 19 years. Eric died in 2004 and she lived on independently at Stone Terrace.
She enjoyed being a mom and was the parent at home as Eric”s job involved many meetings at night. She enjoyed being an early volunteer for the Red Cross Blood Bank and Meals on Wheels, travelled to Hawaii, Europe and around the western US. She enjoyed entertaining, especially the Board of Education at prom and during the School Board Convention in Milwaukee. She was a loyal member of Chapter D, PEO and loved her “sisters” very much. She was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Until about 2 years ago she was an avid bridge player playing in 3 groups. She was a resident of Stone Terrace from 2003 until 2012 and missed her many friends there when her health required that she move to Charleston House.
Special thanks to the care givers of the Charleston House for their loving care in the last few months.
Phyllis and Eric are survived by their sons, Atty. Eric L. Becker of Beaver Dam and Dr. Philip M. Becker of Dallas, TX, their wives Carol and Bonnie and granddaughters, Erin (Ryan) Rohman of Broomfield, CO, Emily Becker and Allison Becker, both of Dallas,TX and grandson, Eric N. (Melissa) Becker of Apple Valley, MN.
Memorials to First Evangelical Lutheran Church or Beaver Dam Community Hospital Foundation, Inc. for its Stone Terrace would be appropriate in lieu of flowers.
The Murray Funeral Home, 131 East Maple Avenue in Beaver Dam, is caring for the family. To leave condolences, for directions, or for other information, please visit our website at www.MurrayFH.com.
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013, 9:30am – 11:00am, First Ev. Lutheran Church-Beaver Dam
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013, 11:00am, First Ev. Lutheran Church-Beaver Dam