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OTTO J. BECKER, RETIRED BUILDER, DEVELOPER

A Mass of Christian Burial for Otto J. Becker, a retired builder and developer, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Ambrose Church, 65 Ridgewood Road, following prayers at 8:45 at Ray O'Connell Funeral Home Inc., 2286 South Park Ave.

Becker, 87, died Wednesday (May 24, 1989) at Mercy Hospital. He will be buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna.

Born in Buffalo, Becker started a home-building business in 1928. When the building slump hit in the war years, he worked as a maintenance superintendent for the Chevrolet Delavan plant from January 1934 to May 1946.

He later returned to building, completing more than 600 private homes, 15 commercial buildings and six subdivisions in and around the Buffalo area before his retirement in 1968.

From 1968 to 1982, Becker worked for City of Buffalo's Department of Community Development as a rehabilitation consultant and analyst.

He was an honorary member of St. Ambrose Holy Name Society.

Becker's wife, the former Grace Wright, died in August 1965.

Surviving are five daughters, Grace Roberts of North Collins, Elizabeth Riefler of Springville, Barbara Ryan of Geneseo, Patricia Ryan of Spencerport and Mary Jane Becker; eight grandchildren; and one sister, Loretta Rue.

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