Anita M. Becker, 84, of Melnik Rd., Whitelaw, died Saturday, January 29, 2005 at her residence resulting from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born March 6, 1920 in Port Washington, WI, daughter of Allie and Florence (Conter) Kultgen. Her father operated Ozaukee Oil and Kultgen Chevrolet in Port Washington. She met Arnold Becker of St. Nazianz and on May 6, 1941 she married him in Port Washington.
Anita Was active in the Republican Party, to say the least. It all started in the 1930’s when her father co-founded the Ozaukee County Republican Party. From 1938 to 1942 she was a member of the Wisconsin Federation of Young Republicans and from 1948 – 1960 was a member of the Wisconsin State Executive Committee. She was a delegate to the Wisconsin Republican State Convention from 1948 to 1984 and in 1964 represented Wisconsin as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention.
She started working for the Ozaukee County Register Of Deeds, William Rock, in 1958 as a Lister of Real Property. She became the first women elected to Constitutional office in Ozaukee County. From 1962 to 1964 she was the Ozaukee County Clerk of Courts and from 1974 to 1984 she was the Ozaukee County Register Of Deeds. During her tenure, her office was considered a model for clerk training and implementing record-keeping systems in the State. She was also on the Ozaukee County Highway Committee from 1981 to 1982.
Anita’s Luxembourg heritage was very important to her. She was to co-founder of the Luxembourg Society of Wisconsin, Belgium, Wisconsin in 1977, serving as their first president and editor. After retirement she continued her involvement in Luxembourg genealogy with her husband and was active in the Wisconsin Genealogical Society. They enjoyed their travels to Luxembourg and the people they met.
She was a charter member of the Belgium Memorial Post 5373 VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Royal Neighbors Camp 8373 and a past president of the Ozaukee County Historical Society . She was also active member of Immaculate Conception Church in Saukville in it’s Christian Mothers. When her daughter was young she was active in the Girl Scouts for over 15 years.
She is survived by her husband Arnold of Whitelaw; her daughter Vicky (Jerry Lauters) Becker of Denmark; granddaughters Melissa (Gary) Olsen of Ypsilanti, MI and Stefani (John) Seidemann of Wauwatosa, WI; her sister Lorraine (the late Harvey) Biever of Port Washington, her niece Lori (Mark) Minz of Grafton, WI, other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be in Spring, 2005. Entombment has taken place in Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield, Wisconsin. Memorials to the Luxembourg Society of Wisconsin (c/o Mary Thill – 197 Meadowbrook Drive Fredonia, WI 53021) appreciated.