, Salem, MA

June 24, 2013

Eleanor G. Becker, 91

PEABODY — Mrs. Eleanor G. Becker, 91, of Brooksby Village, Peabody, formerly of Boxford, beloved wife of the late Karl V. Becker, died peacefully June 20, 2013, at her residence.

Born in Brockton, she was the daughter of the late C. Emil and Bessie B. (Cates) Carlson. She was raised and educated in Brockton and was a graduate of Brockton High School. Mrs. Becker continued her education, graduating from Simmons College for Women in Boston.

She started her career teaching home economics to adults and later as a substitute elementary school teacher. She then spent the last 22 years of her career as a third grade teacher at the Proctor School in Topsfield. She always strove to teach her kids in the most memorable ways. One such annual project was to “raise” Monarch butterflies in the classroom from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly! This and many other interesting teaching projects left memorable impressions on her students.

Her favorite activities included a lively game of cribbage, enjoying the many different varieties of birds that visited her feeders, and she was an avid reader that was seldom seen without a book in her hands.

Eleanor was a longtime resident of the town of Boxford, and was involved in many town activities. She moved to Brooksby Village in 2003.

Eleanor is survived by her two sons, Richard C. Becker of Ipswich, Robert K. Becker and his wife, Marisa of Danvers; and her grandchildren, Elizabeth Makoul and her husband, Pierre, and John Becker and his wife, Sue Fan.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral services are private. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home 167 Maple St., Route 62, Danvers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Monarch Butterfly Fund, MBF c/o Karen Oberhauser, 2078 Skillman Ave., W. Roseville, MN 55113, or by using the website To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit