Dorothy Brauer

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Dorothy A. “Dottie” Brauer, nee Rose, passed peacefully on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at Oak Pointe Assisted Living, Warrenton, MO. She was born January 2, 1930, the third of ten children to parents Edwin and Agnes (Bothe) Rose in St. Louis, MO.  She married Mayor Richard Brauer in Belleville, IL on July 6, 1968.  Mayor Brauer passed away on May 25, 2004 after 36 years of a beautiful marriage. Dottie will be missed by all those who knew and loved her, especially her family and her many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Dottie grew up in St. Louis and attended Xavier Grade and High Schools and Saint Louis University. She began her career, which expanded 45 years, in the credit field in St. Louis as the head cashier at a finance company. She later worked for an O.B.GYN in Belleville, IL, and ended her career working for the Federal Government, working for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) at the Troop Support Command at St. Louis, MO, the Air Force Communications Command (AFCC) at Scott Air Force Base. She retired at the Military Airlift Command (MAC) at Scott AFB, IL.

During her career, Dottie served as President for the Federally Employed Women (FEW), Gateway Chapter; the Business and Professional Women (BPW) in Belleville, IL; Chairman and first President of Belleville Sister Cities Inc. Mayor Brauer and Dottie were the co-founders of Belleville Sister Cities Inc. and in 1990 were instrumental in establishing an International Sister City relationship between Belleville, IL and Paderborn, Germany. They received the Federal Republic of Germany Award from the German Government for their efforts.  The organization remains strong and vibrant to this day. Between TDY and the Sister City Program Dottie made nine visits to Germany.  During that time, her German friends helped her to visit relatives and the homes of her ancestors.

Dottie was very active in her communities. In Belleville she attended many Belle-Scott functions with her husband, the military and their spouses at Scott AFB. She was a 58 year member of the Belleville Moose Lodge.  After the death of her husband Dottie moved to Jonesburg, MO. In Jonesburg she was also very active with her church, St. Patrick Catholic Church. Dottie represented St. Patrick by mailing Parish Welcome Letters to all newcomers to Jonesburg, hosted monthly bingo games at the Jonesburg Nursing Home and started the St. Patrick backpack program in support of the Jonesburg Grade School.  Dottie delivered Meals on Wheels for Montgomery County and was a member of the Warrenton Elks Lodge #2662.

Preceding Dottie in death were her parents, Edwin and Agnes, nee Bothe, Rose, husband Mayor Richard Brauer and her Rose siblings, Donald (Betty), Thomas (late Ruth), twin John (late Thelma) (Carol), twin Jeanne Koechling, (late USAF Lt. Robert Birkenmeier), (late James), Robert, toddler Shirley, and Dottie’s beloved cats, Miss Kitty and Mimi.

Dottie is survived by Rose siblings: Theresa Boyet (late Gene) St. Louis, MO, Marcella Rose, St. Louis, MO., Richard (Shirley) New Florence, MO and her beloved cat, BB.  Also her Brauer In-Laws: Marilyn Ackerman (late Donald) Belleville, Betty Brauer (late Bill) Smithton, Il and Sisters-in-law: Audrey (late Charles) Neptune City, N.J., Carol (late Donald) Belleville, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO, or to St. Patrick Catholic Church Endowment Fund, Jonesburg, MO. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

As she wished, Dottie was cremated and will be laid to rest with her husband in the Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 509 First St., Jonesburg, MO 63351. A celebration of life mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., immediately following the visitation.

Dottie will also be remembered by her many Illinois friends and family from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2023, at George Renner and Son’s Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., immediately following the visitation.


10 Comments on Dorothy Brauer

Fatou Dime said : Guest Report Apr 15, 2023 at 11:14 PM

Ours condolences to the families, friends. May Peace be in her Soul. Lovely and beautiful Lady..

  • St Louis
  • Missouri
Dr. Otmar Allendorf said : Guest Report Apr 15, 2023 at 9:27 AM

We were so sorry to hear of Dottie’s death. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family. and to Belleville Sister Cities. We’ll remember her as a wonderful supporter of the sister city relationship between Belleville/Il and Paderborn. We have lost a good friend. Helga and Dr. Otmar Allendorf

  • Bad Lippspringe/Paderborn (Germany)
  • Germany
Fatou Dime said : Guest Report Apr 15, 2023 at 6:29 AM

Ours condolences to the families, friends. May Peace be on her soul for good. Lovely and beautiful lady.

  • St Louis
  • Missouri
Bernd & Barbara Broer said : Guest Report Apr 08, 2023 at 6:06 AM

So sad hearing Dottie passed away. She was a wonderful lady and Dottie and Rich were our very good friends. We enjoyes wonderful times during the visits in Belleville and Paderborn, where we hosted each other. We will keep her in our hearts. Barbara & Bernd Broer, Honorary President DAFK

  • Paderborn
  • Germany
Deutsch-Amerikanischer-Freundeskreis said : Guest Report Apr 07, 2023 at 4:58 AM

We are all very sad to hear of Dotties’s passing and express our deepest condolences to all of the family. Dottie and her husband Mayor Richard Brauer were the co-founders of Belleville Sister Cities and strongly supported the International Sister City relationship between Belleville, IL and Paderborn, Germany On behalf of the board and the members of the German-American Friendship Society Paderborn-Belleville Martina Mosch, President Sophie Lemmen, Vice President Alexander Jacobs, Secretary Josefine Hoischen, Treasurer Heiner Sprenkamp, Honorary President Dr. Otmar Allendorf, Honorary Secretary On behalf of the City of Paderborn: Michael Dreier, Mayor

  • Paderborn
  • Germany
D & J Bresaw said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2023 at 5:11 PM

Rest in Peace Dorothy! Fond memories form afar! Sending Condolences to all!

  • Lititz
  • PA
Melva weinerth said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2023 at 2:00 AM

Loved Dottie an had of fun with her years back she was a vibrant wonderful person a light has been removed from us all an will be missed RIP dear friend!

  • Dixon
  • Mo
Carol Brauer said : Guest Report Apr 03, 2023 at 7:27 PM

My deepest sympathy to all of the family. I will hold many good memories of Dottie. She was a great woman. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Carol

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Gary Hopfinger said : Guest Report Apr 03, 2023 at 6:59 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Dottie and Rich were special neighbors and wonderful friends. I will cherish their memories.

  • Lake Placid
  • Florida
Danny & Katie soffner said : Guest Report Apr 03, 2023 at 6:30 PM

May you rest in peace . You was a wonderful lady and will be missed by everyone.

  • Hudson
  • Fl

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