Alberta Becker, 81, Altamont

Alberta Becker, 81, of Altamont, died at 7:02 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Altamont, with the Rev. Mitchell E. Schuessler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation was held from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday at Kull Funeral Chapel in Altamont and from 10 a.m. until time of services on Monday at the church. Memorials: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 203 E. Division St., Altamont, or donor’s choice.

Mrs. Becker was born on March 9, 1927, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of George and Lula Rothamel-Torbeck. She married Harold H. Becker on Feb. 13, 1949, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Altamont, with the Revs. John Meyer and Arnold Huemmann officiating.

She was born in St. Louis, and when she was 5, her family moved to Altamont to begin their business, Torbeck’s Grocery and Dry Goods. She graduated from Altamont High School in 1945 and attended Valparaiso University in Indiana. She was employed by Corcordia Publishing House in St. Louis and worked as a hostess at Carriage Inn in Altamont in the early 1960s. She was also employed by Barkalew’s Clothing Store in Altamont, and owned and operated Becker’s House of Fashions in Effingham – where she served as a registered bridal consultant – until 1985. She obtained her real estate license and worked for numerous agencies in Effingham until her health forced her retirement. She was a member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church and served many years as a Sunday School teacher. She served as the grand ambassador for the Effingham Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years, and was a director of the Effingham County Community Concerts Association. She also served on the St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital advisory board and on the board of director for the Greater Effingham Chamber of Commerce and Effingham County Association for Retarded Citizens. She received the Business and Professional Woman of the Year Award from the Effingham Chamber of Commerce in 1983. She also served on the Central Illinois District Family Life Committee for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and was the former vice president of the National Lutheran Parent-Teacher League.

She is survived by her husband; sons, Craig Becker and his wife Vickie of Winterville, N.C., and Brian Becker and his wife Kimberly of Maywood; grandson, Jeffrey Tyler Becker of Maywood; granddaughter, Anna Elizabeth Becker of Maywood; brother, Charles Torbeck and his wife Marilyn of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Pamela Ann Becker; and brother and sister-in-law, Alvin “Pete” Torbeck and his wife Esther.

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