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Dorlene J. Becker

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Dorlene J. Becker 1933 - 1008 BENNINGTON Dorlene June Becker, 74, of Homestead Mews in North Bennington died Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at her home. She had spent a few months at Crescent Manor and then went to live with her daughter, Samuel, at Homestead Mews until her death. Born in East Clarendon on Dec. 1, 1933, daughter of Harold and Esther Bump Grover, she was a 1952 graduate of North Bennington High School. For many years she worked at various manufacturing plants, including Union Carbide, BenMont Paper and Jard Company, where she was a supervisor on the second shift. Mrs. Becker resided in Brookside Apartments for many years, where she enjoyed sitting in the lobby and visiting with the other residents. Her interests included jigsaw puzzles, reading, crossword puzzles, walking and shopping. She was a big fan of the afternoon soap operas. Besides Samuel, she leaves two other daughters, Pamela Burgess of North Bennington and Karla Dyer of Windham, Maine; four sons, Christopher Becker and wife, Mary, of Springfield, Ray Becker and wife, Ann, of Northfield, Mass., Jody Becker of Dover and Darren Becker and wife, Bobby Jo, of Hoosick Falls; three sisters, Hilda Tobie of Dover, N.H., Elizabeth Grover of Bennington and Madelyn Costantino and husband, Fran, of Hoosick Falls, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She also leaves her former husband, Theodore Becker, and his mother, Bessie. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son, Theodore Jr. in 1974; by a sister, Margaret Slavis, and by her step-father, Harold Rogers. FUNERAL NOTICE: Graveside funeral services will be at the family lot in White Chapel Cemetery on Saturday, May 24, at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the VNA and Hospice of Southwestern Vermont or a favorite local charity in care of the HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME, 213 West Main St., Bennington, VT 05201. To send personal e-mail condolences to the family please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Samuel extends a special thank-you to Hospice and Home Health aides who helped our mom these last few years and their kindness in her final days. Thanks to Rhoda, Robin and Donna, they were special to her. Also personal thanks to my sister, Pam Burgess, and sister-in-law, Bobby Jo Becker, for coming at all times those last days to help me keep my promise to my mother so she could pass comfortably and safely at home.
Published in Bennington Banner from May 15 to May 20, 2008
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