The Becker kids followed their parent’s leads and went to The Summit Country Day School through the 8th grade. For high school, some of the kids remained at The Summit, and others went to Walnut Hills or St. X. They participated in the Bellarmine Chapel (at XU) youth groups and they all enjoyed playing football at the Quaker Church yard and going to the XU football games. In fact, Annamarie met her future husband, Tom Harten, at the XU football game when she was just 11. Tom was fooling around, stomping on mustard packets and squirted mustard all over Annamarie! The Harten’s also had eight children and enjoyed throwing parties at their home at 952 Lenox. Annamarie says she almost lived at the Harten’s, hanging out with her best friend, and Tom’s sister, Maura. In fact, there were many large families in the neighborhood at the time and all played together. She also notes that if her parents had built that house on Alpine Terrace, she likely never would have met Tom. But she did.
Tom and Annamarie Harten, married since 1979, have lived in Norwood and Avondale, but the longest as North Avondale residents, first as childhood residents, then residing on Beechwood Avenue and in two different houses on Marion Avenue, where they currently reside. Tom and Annamarie love their neighborhood and have been active in NANA (GreenUP) and NABA (with Tom serving as President and on the Board). They have 4 children, all raised in North Avondale (Maura, David, Stephen, and Elizabeth), and 6 grandchildren. Three of their children live and/or own properties in North Avondale, continuing the love of the neighborhood for yet another generation!