Sister Rosemary Becker, OSB, 1929-2019

Sister Rosemary Becker, OSB, 1929-2019

Sister Rosemary Becker, OSB

Sister Rosemary Becker, O.S.B., 89, of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Monastery.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 in the Chapel of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island. 

Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Monastery, where a Christian wake service will be held at 7 p.m. 

Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Milan is in charge of the arrangements.

Rosemary Becker was born on Nov. 6, 1929 in Maytown, Illinois, a daughter of Helen Henkel and Jacob Becker.

She attended Dorsey Public Grade School, Maytown, and graduated from Amboy High School, Amboy, IL and from St. Ambrose College, Davenport, IA.

Sister Rosemary entered the Benedictine community on Oct. 3, 1948 and made her final profession as a Benedictine sister on July 11, 1952.

Her ministry included education, serving at St. Joseph, Ivesdale, IL: St. Mary’s, Moline, IL; St. Thomas More, Munster, IN; St. Peter & Paul, Nauvoo, IL; Holy Family, Peoria, IL; Holy Trinity, Bloomington, IL. She also served in Community Service at St. Mary’s in Nauvoo & Rock Island; as Rainbow Coordinator in Bloomington, IL, and as a tutor at Jordan Catholic School in Rock Island, IL

She is survived by her Benedictine Sisters; sister Anita Dunn; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Raymond, Eugene and Urban.

Two Sister Rosemary Stories

We have 2 stories to share that show her spirituality of hope and humor. After you read them, you'll understand why we say, now, that she didn't end up going to the dogs after all!

Comments (5)

  1. Paulette Fisher:
    Mar 03, 2019 at 01:02 PM

    Sister Rosemary Becker was always welcoming and thoughtful, a very good tutor for many children over the years. It has been a pleasure getting to know her at the Monastery and she will be missed.

  2. Chris Callahan:
    Mar 03, 2019 at 01:57 PM

    My heart goes out to the whole community, and specially to her mission-mates from the Bloomington outreach years. Sr. Rosemary always asked for news of our children, and was an eager and attentive listener as well as a delightful conversationalist. I will carry her in my prayers as I spend the day (March 3) communing with my mom, who would have turned 93 today. They will both be my conversation partners!

  3. Jackie Ryley:
    Mar 03, 2019 at 02:56 PM

    May you Rest In Peace knowing that you contributed love and joy to those lives you touched every day.

  4. Ann Mason:
    Mar 03, 2019 at 03:37 PM

    May this wonderful woman rest peacefully.

  5. Mary Anne Schreck Liggett:
    Mar 03, 2019 at 04:02 PM

    God has blessed Sr. Rosemary and she is now in His loving arms...well done our beloved friend.

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