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Mary Therese Becker

A Tribute In Loving Memory

A Tribute In Loving Memory

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Our Mary Therese Becker, 59, of Saint Paul, MN has died following a brief illness. It was only a couple of weeks earlier that she was diagnosed with an aggressive lymphoma and had completed her first round of chemo. Soon after, Mary would encounter the challenge of testing positive for COVID on top of an already depleted immune system. She passed peacefully in the early hours of September 12th.

Mary was the sixth of seven born to John Becker Sr. and Maureen Tobin of New Ulm, MN on August 19, 1964. She was a graduate of the College of St. Benedict and New Ulm Cathedral High School. Mary will always be remembered for her immeasurable generosity and unconditional compassion for others. Her presence lies at the core of many wonderful memories cherished by friends and family alike.

Those who knew Mary were lucky to witness her unique gift for building relationships and making those around her feel seen, valued, and supported. Mary was a brilliant light in our lives and her laugh was the soundtrack of every family gathering. No words can adequately describe how much she will be missed.

She was the proud keeper of the family lore, from the discovery that our paternal grandfather’s real name was Piotr Antoni Kietlinski—not, John Alfred Becker—to sharing stories with nieces and nephews about growing up as part of the gang on Cherry Street. Mary had quite the knack for remembering others’ interests and connecting people to one another through storytelling. Her presence at many birthdays, happy hours, graduations, and athletic games throughout the years was a precious gift.

Mary is preceded in death by both our parents, and brothers Frank and Jim. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Ricardo Salazar; brothers, John (Laura) and Bob (Laura); sisters, Jean (Michael) and Barbara; sister-in-law Barbara (Dave); nephews, Riley (Megan), Ian (Nina), Zack (Dani), and Hector; nieces, Jane, Ruby, Kat; and great-nieces and -nephews, Alexa, Charlie, Cole, and Ronan. She was incredibly loved by many cousins, friends, colleagues, and countless honorary nieces, nephews and her husband’s family in Mexico.

Just as Mary would, the family extends immense gratitude to all personnel of the 5th floor and the ICU of the University of Minnesota Hospital East for their exceptional and compassionate care, in particular: Joseph Maakaron, MD, Jaclyn Robles, PA, Alyssa Anton, MD, nurses, residents, fellows, students, and nursing assistants.

As many of you know, the Beckers have been affected by primary immunodeficiency (PID) since losing Frank 50 years ago. PID has impacted the lives of John, Jean, Barbara, and several cousins, and it is reaching into our next generation. As it turns out, Mary unfortunately shared in this experience.

IDF has been a source of support and education for us over the years. Every dollar raised will advance Immune Deficiency Foundation's great cause of improving the diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life of people affected by PID through fostering a community empowered by advocacy, education, and research. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are approximately 500,000 individuals in the U.S. with a primary immunodeficiency. Every year, thousands go undiagnosed.

On behalf of Ricardo and the Beckers, thank you for your gift.


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