Carl F. Becker

Deceased: January 30, 2013

Service Information:

Funeral Service: Monday, February 4, 2013 12noon
Officiating: Pastor Wayne Van Geldren
Interment: Montrose Cemetery Lot 64, Bellevue section


Carl F. Becker, 93 years old, died January 30, 2013.
Renown, Chicago violin maker.
Beloved husband of the late Geraldine M. Smetana.
Loving father of
Carol J. (Richard) Henderson, Jennifer A. Becker,
Marilyn R. Becker and Paul C. (Lynda Jones) Becker.
Dear brother of Ruth Helm.
Dear brother-in-law John H. Smetana.
Devoted grandfather of Echo Becker, Vada Becker, James R. Henderson III, William Henderson, Eric Jurewicz, Stephanie J. (Brian) Engebrecht,
Alya Jurewicz, Jennifer (Chase) T. Williams.
and great grandfather of Caroline Williams, Brody Williams, Jacob Williams.
Service will be held on Monday, February 4 at 12:00 Noon at Lakeview Funeral Home, 1458 W Belmont Ave. Chicago, Il. 60657
Memorial Celebration to be will be held, August 10th 2013 Saturday, location pending. Please send Memorial Donations to: Pickerel Fire and Rescue PO Box 10, Pickerel, WI 54465, Menominee Falls Baptist Church N69W 12703 Appleton Ave Menomonee Falls, WI 53051, or The Rachel Elizabeth Barton (REB) Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization,

For info. Lakeview Funeral Home 773-472-6300 or


February 2, 2013

Dear Jennifer, Paul and other close relatives

I don't know anyone else in our field who was so loved and admired as your father. The thought of never seeing and talking with him makes me very sad. All the best to both of you.


February 6, 2013

Dear Becker Family,

I will never forget visiting Mr. Becker at the Pickerel cottage with my father. We went to look at a violin to purchase. He and my dad talked about fishing as we have a cottage nearby in Wisconsin. A great loss to your family, and a great loss to the luthier world.

With Sympathy,

Linda Oper

March 7, 2013

Such an expert craftsman; so widely respected, revered, trusted, admired and loved.
I treasure the time I was able to spend alongside Carl at his bench and all he imparted to me.
Aside from his impeccable workmanship with which he set the bar extraordinarily high, I will remember Carl for his warm cordial manner, patience, unwavering precision, endearing personality, resonant laugh and the wonderful visits we had.
The great joy I had in knowing Carl is matched by the deep sorrow I feel over this loss; without him the world feels emptier. I very much looked forward to seeing Carl and will miss him immensely.
I am sending my very deepest heartfelt sympathy and love to Paul, Jenny and all dear family members.

My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you.

Donna Hladish



 My love,
I've gone to a place
Where sounds never meet.
Where sunlight and moonbeams
Make twilight complete.

Come, to the edge
Where the sound meets the shore
My song, a vessel;
Your fiddle an oar.