Kathryn Elaine Becker
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Kathryn Becker

Born: July 11, 1926; in LaSalle, IL

Died: November 22, 2020; in Mendota, IL

Kathryn "Elaine" Becker, 94, a lifelong resident of LaSalle, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Heritage Healthcare Center in Mendota.

Private graveside services will be held at St. Vincent's Cemetery, LaSalle with Rev. Paul Carlson, pastor of St. Patrick's Church, LaSalle officiating. A public Mass and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to the Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home, LaSalle.

Elaine was born July 11, 1926 in LaSalle to Henry and Anna (Yanke) Becker. She was a graduate of LaSalle-Peru High School, Class of 1944. After graduation, Elaine worked at Chicago Bridge and Iron in the Seneca Shipyards during World War II, doing her part for the war effort.

Elaine was a member of St. Patrick's Church, LaSalle and the Catholic Daughters of America, was a volunteer with the American Red Cross and worked as an executive secretary at Union Carbide for 30 years.

The family would like to thank Heritage Healthcare Center, Mendota for the exemplary care and compassion show to Elaine during these past three years. Your kindness will never be forgotten. A special thank you to OSF Hospice for their wonderful care and support.

Survivors include her sister, June Hauger of Bigfork, MN and nieces and nephews, Linda (Dale) Rinker of Grayslake, Richard (Judy) Hauger of Ottawa, Janet (Jerry) Thone of Lathrop, CA, James (Elizabeth) Hauger of Peru, Sue (Dennis) Bourgo of Marseilles, Nancy (Steve) Holt of Boise, ID and Jeff (Rena) Hauger of LaSalle.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother-in-law, Richard Hauger.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Friendship House, Ottawa or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.MuellerFH.com.


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Published in My Web Times on Nov. 25, 2020.
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November 28, 2020
Sympathies to the family. Such a sweet woman. I have a funny memory to share. Elaine was a long time patron of Stage 212, where I work in the ticket office. One time after taking her ticket order over the phone, as she was signing off, she said, "OK, Love you, bye." and hung up. I'd never had a ticket patron tell me that they love me before... or since. Ha! I know it was a habitual greeting she used with her family and was just automatic for her. Regardless, it made me smile. I have told that story many times. Such a dear, sweet woman.
Natalie Smigel
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