Irene J. Becker, 88, Carthage

CARTHAGE, NY – Irene J. Becker, 88, formerly of 222 State St., Carthage, passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning, May 11, 2019 at Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility in Lowville.

Irene was born May 10, 1931, in Carthage, NY, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Kaiser) Halase.  In 1948, she graduated from Augustian Academy and went on to attend the Watertown School of Commerce.

She was employed with the W.T. Grant Company in the early 1950s and worked as an assemblist for Bomax Manufacturing from 1970 to 1980.

On Oct. 1, 1954, Irene married Gilbert J. Becker at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church.  Gilbert passed away on Nov. 23, 1994.

She is survived by four children, Anthony (Sandy) Becker of Virginia; Sue (Neil) Patchin of Dewitt, Iowa; Debbie Becker of Watertown; and Lori (Mike) Peterson of Florida; as well as seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by a son, Robert Becker who died in February 1973.

Irene was a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 7227. She enjoyed reading.

Calling hours will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2019. A funeral service will immediately follow in the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. with The Rev. Canon Samuel P. Lundy officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Carthage.

Memorial donations in Irene’s memory may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.

Arrangements are entrusted to Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc.

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