Winifred M. Becker Beard, age 92, of Erie, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at the Gallagher Center of St. Mary's Home East after living for 70 years in the house that she and her husband built in Harborcreek. She was born in Erie on January 12, 1920, daughter of the late Frank and Anna Becker. Winifred had worked for several years at Betty and Paul's Market in Harborcreek. She was a member of Our Lady of Mercy R.C. Church where she was active in Small Faith Groups, hospital visitations and as an Altar Server. Winnie enjoyed working in her yard and garden, and visiting with her neighbors while sitting on her swing. She is survived by two children, Marilyn Garwig (Samuel) of Erie and Larry Beard (Linda) of Wirtz, Va.; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Becker (Doris) of Anthem, Ariz.; and a brother-in-law, Herb Beard (Doris) of Fairfax, Va. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy F. Beard in 1989 and a sister, Edna M. Miller. Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Road on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to attend a Prayer Service there on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Mercy R.C. Church at 12 Noon. Interment, Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mercy R.C. Church, 837 Bartlett Rd., Harborcreek, PA 16421 or St. Mary's Home East, Gallagher Unit, 607 East 26th St., Erie, PA 16504. To send condolences, visit www.dusckasfuneralhome.com.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Nov. 29, 2012