Edward A. Becker, Jr.
September 22, 2018
Died on September 22, 2018, age 90 years. Preceded in death by his parents, Edward A. Becker, Sr. and Marie Becker; brothers, William C. Becker and Paul V. Becker; sister, Helen M. Boring. He is survived by his nieces and nephews: Gregory Becker, Steven Becker, Daniel Becker, Duane Becker, Douglas Becker, Dennis Becker, Donald Becker, Diane LeKwai, and Debra Martin. Also survived by his many friends at Immanuel Courtyard and Village. For 34 years Ed was a commercial artist and fashion illustrator for Brandeis and Younkers Dept. Stores. Over 100,000 of his drawings were featured in Omaha World Herald advertisements. He was a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. His many civic and cultural contributions included being a reader for Radio Talking Books, volunteering at the Omaha Children’s Museum, singing with the Voices of Omaha for over 35 years at its annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, and supporting Opera Omaha and the Omaha Symphony. For more than 50 years he was a lector and cantor at St. Cecilia Cathedral Church in Omaha, and a member of the Cathedral Choir, which included a memorable time singing before Pope John Paul II in Rome.
VISITATION: Thursday, September 27th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, September 28th at 11:15am at St. Cecilia Cathedral. GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Friday, 2:30pm at Calvary Cemetery in Lincoln, Nebraska—3880 “L” St. Memorials are suggested to St. Cecilia Cathedral’s music program.
Ed was among the most faithful members of the Cathedral choir which both I and my wife directed from 1979 through July 1988. He was the strongest of the basses. The trip to Rome in April 1988 by the Cathedral Choir was the most significant musical and spiritual pilgrimage of the Cathedral Choir up to that point in its history. Ed treasured this trip. The experience of being physically present in St. Peter’s Square and singing for St. John Paul II was impressed on all of our memories for life including Ed’s. Ed was one of the kindest man one could ever know. He freely gave of himself to all those he knew. Rest in peace, dear friend. My wife and I express our heartfelt sympathy to Ed’s family. Jerry and Linda Kaminski
We so enjoyed knowing Ed from our years working at Immanuel Village. Then when Ed moved to Immanuel Courtyard, he lived across the hall from Rick’s sister. He was always such a kind man. Sympathies to each of you.
What a great yet humble man. I knew Ed from helping with the choir at St. Cecilia’s in the 1980’s and 90’s. I was on that trip to Rome. My most vivid memory of Ed on that trip was when he made it all the way to the top of the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. We were concerned it was too much for him, but there he was – cane or no cane – all smiles and bubbling with excitement like a little boy at this accomplishment, as if it were no effort at all. I continued to see him at special events at the church I worked at for the next 20 years. He always brought friends along from Immanuel Village. I always enjoyed getting his creative Christmas letters too. To his nephews and nieces – my sincere condolences. I hope you treasure what a good man, and a fabulous Christian witness he is. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Father’s Kingdom”.
Nick F. Behrens – Omaha