OBITUARY

Judith Kay Becker

April 1, 1937January 29, 2020
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Judith Kay Becker, age 82, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in Kokomo. She was born on April 1, 1937 in Peru, Indiana to the late Raymond and Thelma (Schram) Landis.

Judith graduated from Peru High School with the class of 1955. On June 21, 1958, Judith was married to Robert E. Becker at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Peru. Robert preceded Judith in passing in 1995.

Judith attended Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kokomo. She enjoyed interior decorating, collecting antiques, being outdoors, and watching musicals. More than anything, Judith was very family oriented, and loved attending her grandchildren’s activities and being involved in their lives.

Judith is survived by her children, Andrea Becker, Michelle (David) Takacs, and Rob (Holly) Becker; brother, Jerry Landis; and grandchildren, Addy Takacs, Wynn Takacs, Wes Grove, Taya Grove, and Anna Grace Becker.

In addition to her parents and husband, Judith was preceded in passing by a brother, Larry Landis.

There will be a visitation for Judith held at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home on Sunday, February 2nd from 11 am to 1 pm, followed immediately by a funeral service. Judith will be laid to rest at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery at a later date.

Judith’s family would like to acknowledge and thank the nurses and staff at Northwoods Village and ViaQuest Hospice for the special care that they gave to Judith.

Memorial contributions in Judith’s name may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or Riley Hospital for Children.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 2, 2020
  • Funeral Service Sunday, February 2, 2020

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January 31, 2020

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Biography

      “Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Judith Kay Becker, it summarized in every way who she was. She was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around her and always thinking before acting. She was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything she did. She was a friendly person who truly cared about those around her.

      Judith was born on April 1, 1937 at Duke's Hospital in Peru, Indiana. She was the daughter of Raymond L. And Thelma M. (Schram) Landis. Raised in Peru, Indiana, she was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, she learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that she would carry with her throughout her life.

      As a young girl, Judith was always aware of how others around her felt and this quality served her well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Judith was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Judith was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where she could concentrate, Judith also had the ability to relate well with her family and friends. Judith was raised with two siblings. She had one older brother, Larry, and one younger brother, Jerry. Judith was constantly involved in activities with her family. Judith and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

      Growing up, Judith was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. She was content to entertain herself. Judith was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, she was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything she did as a child, Judith was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around her. Judith took part in a number of activities as a child. She took part in neighborhood basketball and foot races. She was a dancer and a Sunshine girl. In her spare time she liked to play outside.

      Judith enjoyed learning. She always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. Judith was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation. She often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, Judith was painstaking and accurate in her efforts. All of these talents culminated in a successful high school career. She graduated from Peru High School in 1955. Judith enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was History. She participated on stage in "Rodeo", a high school variety stage show.

      Most folks would say that Judith was shy until they got to know her. Those who were privileged to know her well learned that she was a solid, good friend. Judith was reluctant to generalize about people, and she based her friendships on her personal experiences. Because of this, Judith best trusted those people that she truly knew. She was concerned about how those around her felt, and she always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. She could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that she made, Judith kept. While growing up, some of her best friends were Nancy Schmitt, Suzanne Ramer, Suzie Stein, and Karen (Doran) Donaldson. Later in life, she became friends with Shirley Landrum, Sarah Viveiros, Marj and Fred St. John, Bill and Karen Featherston, Emily Schrock, George and Dorothy Hopkins, and Charlie and Helen Sheaver.

      Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Judith. On June 21, 1958 Judith married Robert Edward "Bob" Becker at St. John's Lutheran Church of Peru, Indiana. She was totally committed to Bob and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Judith naturally sensed her spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Judith disliked conflict, she did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.

      Judith was a good mother to her children. She had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because she trusted emotions, Judith was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way she seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around her, always thinking before acting. In addition, Judith was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around her might be, she seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Judith was blessed with three children, two daughters, Andrea Becker and Michelle (Becker) Takacs, and one son, Robert "Rob" Becker. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Addy Takacs, Wynn Takacs, Wes Grove, Taya Grove, and Anna Grace Becker.

      If you gave Judith a deadline, she would meet it. At work, Judith was always on task. Without hesitation, Judith could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. Her primary occupation was being a homemaker. Before her marriage, she was employed for Keupfer Favor Co. As a model, and a spent a short time working for Delco. During that time, Judith excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. She was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Judith was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Judith had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. She was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/win solution for all parties.

      Judith liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Judith's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Judith preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were antiques, festivals, travel, and shopping. Judith was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying her hobbies all by herself and could often be found just reading about her favorite pastimes.

      While thorough and measured in her approach to things, Judith often liked to physically do things rather than just think about them. She was like that with sports. She also enjoyed the statistical data and the facts behind the sports. In this way, she was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were ice skating, IU basketball, and Green Bay football. She also loved watching any sport that her grandchildren participated in.

      Due to her excellent organizational skills, Judith was a welcome addition to the professional and community organizations to which she belonged. Judith could bring established, successful methods to the discussion table, along with a generous helping of common sense. Judith was good at making and keeping schedules and never got bogged down in unnecessary details. In high school, Judith was a member of the drama/theater club.

      Judith was active in the community. She was practical and grounded and based her decisions on first hand experience. She was responsible and liked working to achieve results rather than just chattering about possibilities. Judith was a member of several community groups, serving on committees for the PTA at Washington School for her children.

      An individual who respected and maintained traditional values, her faith was important to Judith. Her compassion, consideration and sympathy toward others was evident in her personal beliefs. She was a member of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer.

      Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Judith had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that she was the trip planner. She would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included Mackinaw, Michigan, Brown County, Indiana, and Williamsburg, Virginia.

      Judith passed away on January 29, 2020 at Northwoods Village in Kokomo, Indiana. Judy fought Parkinson's Disease and dementia. She is survived by her children Andrea, Michelle, and Rob; and her brother, Jerry. Services were held at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home chapel. Judith was laid to rest in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery in Kokomo, Indiana.

      It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Judith was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Judith was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of woman to whom everyone was drawn. She was thorough and practical. Judith Becker was very literal with her words. You always knew where you stood with Judith. She will be missed.