Beatrice “Bea” Haas

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Beatrice “Bea” Haas, nee Biver, 93, of Belleville, IL, born March 18, 1927, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, October 25, 2020, at Mar-Ka Nursing Home, Mascoutah, IL.

Mrs. Haas was a longtime, faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, where she served as a lector.  She was a woman of strong faith and believed in the power of prayer.  She loved her faith, her family, and her friends.  Bea was a proud graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame, Class of 1945.  She served as secretary at Cathedral High School and Althoff Catholic High School for 18 years, followed by working as parish secretary of St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, for 17 years.

After retirement, Bea enjoyed time spent with her family, and a glass of wine with family and friends.  She enjoyed many years of traveling with her husband, LeRoy.  She also loved bowling, traveling with friends, stitching, reading, baking cookies and pies, and playing cards.  She was a volunteer for Hospice of Southern Illinois, the American Red Cross, and Meals on Wheels.  Bea was a reader to the blind with Mind’s Eye at the Shrine every Monday for 21 years.  Bea and LeRoy were members of a Marriage Encounter team and a Pre-Cana team, and Bea was a member of the Daughters of Isabella.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy Peter Haas, whom she married April 22, 1947, at St. Mary Catholic Church, and who died January 18, 2005; her parents, Frank and Fannie, nee Loyet, Biver, three sisters, her identical twin, Bernice Schoen, Helen Biver, and Sr. Marie Francis Biver, SSND; two brothers, Cletus (Catherine) Biver, and Leon (Jerry) Biver; six brothers-in-law, Louis Oehler, Harold Schoen, Bernard Geolat, Bob Buehler, Rev. Melvin Haas, and Rev. Ralph Haas; one sister-in-law, Virginia Clark; five nephews, George Biver, James Oehler, Robert Oehler, George L. Hasenstab, and Rick Schoen; and one niece, Joan Biver Ott.

Surviving are her three children, Dan (Jackie) Haas of Houston, TX, John (Brenda Switzer, DDS) Haas of St. Louis, MO, and Carol (Stanley) Phillips of Smithton, IL; three grandchildren, Miranda Wright-Kauffmann of Lebanon, IL, Meghan (Erik) Leibas of San Antonio, TX, and Hannah Haas of Houston, TX; two step-grandchildren, Neil Phillips of St. Louis, MO, and Holly (Jarret) Randoll of Mascoutah, IL; four great-grandchildren, Natalie Kauffmann, Charlotte Kauffmann, Benjamin Leibas, and Barrett Leibas; one step-great-grandchild, Autumn Randoll; four sisters, Loretta Oehler of St. Louis, MO, Rita “Rodney” Buehler, Joan Geolat, and Alice (George) Hasenstab, all of Belleville, IL; and numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made the Poor Clare Monastery, 300 North 60th Street, Belleville, IL 62223, the Diocesan Seminarian Education Fund, 222 South 3rd Street, Belleville, IL 62220, or in the form of masses.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 31, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.  Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and a limited number of visitors at any one time will be observed.

Funeral:  A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Christopher Anyanwu and Msgr. William McGhee concelebrating. Masks are required.

Burial will be in Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



8 Comments on Beatrice “Bea” Haas

MARY LAURENT said : Guest Report Oct 29, 2020 at 12:35 PM

Bea enjoyed the time I took her to a St. Vincent de Paul dinner theatre & she by bidding the highest got the BIG basket of the evening. She was always so happy playing cards at PSOP.

  • IL
Evelyn and Louis Naeger said : Guest Report Oct 29, 2020 at 7:36 AM

Our sincere condolences to my cousins and all of Aunt Bea’s family . She is indeed keeping order and probably playing cards w/ Dad & Mom and more of our Aunts and Uncles.... and causing quite a “ongoing Heavenly ruckus “ ! Sending our love and prayers...?❤️?

  • Ste Genevieve
  • MO
Carolyn (Weissert) Wottowa said : Guest Report Oct 28, 2020 at 5:11 PM

Rodney, so sorry to read about your sister’s death. My sympathy to you and your family.

  • O’Fallon
  • Il
Kathleen Draper said : Guest Report Oct 28, 2020 at 11:18 AM

Please accept my condolences. And know that God took another Angel home. I met and played pinochle up at PSOP with Ms Bea and she was a great, warm n caring soul. She will be missed dearly by many. RIP Bea!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Steve and Deb Timko said : Guest Report Oct 28, 2020 at 11:18 AM

Steve and I were sad to hear of Bea’s passing. She was such an amazing, fun person and lived a phenomenal life. We had so much fun working with Bea and Lee on PreCana and Marriage Encounter programs and taking a few trips with them to Cherokee Village, AR. Oh the stories we could tell! Our lives were richer for having been touched by both Lee and Bea. Most recently, prior to our move to FL, I would get to see and visit with Bea at morning Mass at either St Mary’s or St Henry’s. Rest In Peace dear friend!

  • Dunedin
  • FL
Cindy Lou McFadden said : Guest Report Oct 28, 2020 at 6:42 AM

I was so sorry to hear of Bea's passing. When I was a member of St. Mary's I worked with Bea getting information ready for the newsletter we used to have with all the baptisms, deaths, etc. She always was so much help. May she rest in peace.

  • O Fallon
  • IL
Michael B Clark said : Guest Report Oct 27, 2020 at 9:06 PM

Dan, John, & Carol My condolences. Aunt Bea Godspeed! Many good people on the other side. Aunt Bea just might get a card game going!

  • Charlotte
  • NC
Charlie & Kathleen Beyer said : Guest Report Oct 27, 2020 at 7:31 PM

You all are in our hearts and added to our prayer box. ??❤️

  • Belleville
  • Il

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