Maryellen Becker


Maryellen Becker (nee Wood), age 79, of Westmont passed away peacefully after a long illness at home on December 2, 2019.

She was born June 5, 1940, in Chicago to the late Eleanor (nee Tierney) and Sydney Wood.

Preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret Smith and Loretta Mikula, and brother, Edward Wood.

Beloved wife of 49 years to Dale Becker; cherished mother of Karen (Michael) Byron and Michael (Danielle) Becker; devoted grandmother of Veronica, Sydney, Kyle, Theodore and Hailey, and fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Maryellen was formerly employed at City National Bank, Continental Bank, and Home Federal Savings and Loan. She was very involved with Holy Trinity Parish in Westmont, including co-founding the school’s Mothers’ Association, as well as working in the Early Childhood Program for 18 years. She was also very active in Council of Catholic Women (CCW), of which she was named CCW Woman of the Year, and served on the Administrative Commission of the Parish Council.

Maryellen was a die-hard fan of the White Sox, but loved most professional and college sports, especially basketball, hockey, and golf.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Maryellen’s devoted caregiver, Liz Puraleski, dear friend Betty Calderone, and the dedicated staff of VITAS Healthcare. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name can be made to Holy Trinity Parish Center Capital Campaign at

Visitation will be held at the West Suburban Funeral Home, 39 N. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL 60559 on Thursday, December 5, from to 3 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral services will begin Friday, December 6, at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home and continue to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 111 S. Cass Ave., Westmont, for a 12 Noon Funeral Mass. Interment private. For further information, please call the West Suburban Funeral Home at 630-852-8000 or visit the website,


  1. Paul Wood

    I will always miss my dear cousin as she always made me laugh, she was very much like her Dad in that way. Please accept my condolences and I will be attending the visitation on Thursday and the funeral on Friday.

  2. Marguerite Henderson

    Dale, Karen, Michael and family,
    My sincere sympathy and prayers for you all during this time. I have such fond memories of you when Derick and I were a part of Holy Trinity family and happy that you have kept in touch.
    Peace to you,
    Marguerite Henderson

  3. Lisa Wilkins

    So sorry to hear of Maryellen’s passing. I will always remember her laugh. My mom sends her condolences as well. Prayers for peace and comfort to you all.

  4. Madonna Fiorelli

    I will miss my cousin Maryellen – she had an amazing sense of humor and from the time I was a young girl I loved going to family parties when I knew that she was going to be there – she had a magical way to get all of us laughing. New Year’s Eve parties were the best – I am keeping you Dale and Karen and Michael and your families in my prayers for strength to get through this difficult time.

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