Funeral Mass for Sister Rosemary Becker, OSB, planned for March 5 in Rock Island

Sister Rosemary Becker, OSB, a longtime teacher in schools around the Diocese of Peoria, died March 2, 2019, at St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for Sister Rosemary Becker, OSB, on Tuesday, March 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Avenue West. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, also in Rock Island.

Visitation is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 4, in the monastery chapel. A Christian wake service will be held at 7 p.m.

Sister Rosemary died on March 2, 2019, at St. Mary Monastery, She was 89.

The daughter of Helen Henkel and Jacob Becker, Sister Rosemary was born on Nov. 6, 1929, in Maytown. She attended Dorsey Public Grade School, Maytown, and graduated from Amboy High School, Amboy, and would go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa.

Sister Rosemary entered the Benedictine community on Oct. 3, 1948. She professed her first vows on July 12, 1949, and made her final profession as a Benedictine Sister on July 11, 1952.

An elementary school teacher for nearly 50 years, she served at St. Joseph, Ivesdale; St. Mary, Moline; Sts. Peter and Paul, Nauvoo; Holy Family, Peoria; St. Thomas More in Munster, Indiana; and Holy Trinity, Bloomington. Sister Rosemary also ministered to her Benedictine community at St. Mary Monastery in Nauvoo and Rock Island, was a Rainbow Coordinator in Bloomington, and a tutor at Jordan Catholic School in Rock Island.

Preceded in death by her parents and brothers Raymond, Eugene and Urban, Sister Rosemary is survived by a sister, Anita Dunn; many nieces and nephews; and her Benedictine Sisters.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. W., Rock Island, IL 61201-7649.

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