Evelyn Beck

Evelyn (Jacob) Beck, 93, of Danbury passed peacefully into the Lord’s care at Filosa Nursing home in Danbury on Friday December 12th. She was born on June 10, 1921 to the late Simon & Helene (Nassra) Jacob in Iskenderon, Syria. She was predeceased by her husband Nicholas Beck and several siblings.

Educated in Syria, Evelyn was very proud of learning to read and write English and becoming a U.S. citizen. Evelyn was a great lover of the arts and always enjoyed music and going to concerts. She was an expert seamstress and also spent much of her time creating beautiful, intricate needlework. Evelyn loved gardening and worked tirelessly attending to an endless amount of fresh fruits and vegetables which she prepared and joyfully served to her family and guests. She loved to entertain and her door was always open to visitors. Her family and friends affectionately referred to her as “the best Syrian cook in town” and will always remember the delicious dishes she prepared and served.

She was a faithful and active member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church for many years and a past president of their Ladies Society. Cooking for various church functions was a favorite pastime and she was known as a “nightingale” for her beautiful singing voice at Church parties.

She is survived by 6 children: Ann Diker and her husband Fred of Danbury, Helen Nassra and her husband Alex of Danbury, Lou Beck of Danbury, Sam Beck of Danbury, Nancy Beck and companion Timothy Morse of Danbury, and Deb Linley and her husband Rich of Newtown. Evelyn is also survived by 8 grandchildren she adored: Michael (Liz) Diker, Karen (Jerry) Burke, Michele (Tom) McDonald, Brenda (Kerry) McKinley, Nicholas (Rachel) Nassra, Tracy (Andy) Ipkovich, Brett Linley and Richard Linley. Evelyn also has 15 cherished great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may pay their respects on Tuesday, Dec. 16th from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec.17th from 9:45a.m. – 10:45a.m. at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 125 Kohanza Street, Danbury. The Rite of Burial will take place at 11a.m. with the V. Rev. George Alberts officiating. Interment will follow at Wooster Cemetery in Danbury.

The Beck Family wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated staff at Filosa Nursing Home who gave Evelyn such loving care in her final years.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church.

Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

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