Mary Bauer

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Mary A. Bauer, nee Dreesman, 74, of Freeburg, IL, born July 25, 1942 in Belleville, IL, died Friday, July 21, 2017, at her residence.

Mrs. Bauer was an administrative assistant.  She volunteered at Cerebral Palsy of Southwestern Illinois and at Freeburg Terrace. Mary was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved the Christmas season with her family and was an expert at cross-stitching and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Ethel, nee Ross, Dreesman; and a brother, Richard Dreesman.

Surviving are her husband of 54 years, William R. “Bill” Bauer, whom she married on February 23, 1963;

four children, Michael (Rhonda) Bauer, Cathy (Jim) Rakers, Diane (Keith) Hagene, and Jeff (Melissa) Bauer; nine grandchildren, Matt, Stephanie, Josh, Michael, Kaitlyn, Zach, Jake, Courtney, and Austin; and eight great-grandchildren, Landon, Ean, Connor, Brantley, Grace, Raegan, Lulla-Mae, and Forrest.

Memorials may be made to Family Hospice or to Cerebral Palsy of Southwestern Illinois.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 23, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 24, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Mark Reyling officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Mary Bauer

I extend my sympathy to the entire Bauer family. Mary was such a sweet person and I know the loss of her has you all hurting. I’m so sad to hear of her passing. I pray for your hearts to heal.
Love, Jenni

Jenni Phelps, Olive Branch, MS, 38654

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jeff and family. She was such a nice lady. The few times we were together at the kids ballgames and graduation, we had good fun n laughs.Continued prayers.

Kathy n John Sirtak, Belleville, Il., 62226

We are in Colorado and are sorry that we will be unable to express our deepest sympathies in person. Mary was a beautiful woman and will certainly be missed. Know you are in our hearts and prayers.

Nick and Susan Wiesen, St. Louis, Missouri, 63109


6 Comments on Mary Bauer

Caroline "Sommers" Sauer said : Guest Report Oct 31, 2017 at 4:18 PM

So sorry for your loss. I went to grade school high school with Mary, she was a wonderful & dink lady. Always had a welcoming smile. Hugs & prayers for the family.. Caroline

  • Simmerfield
  • FL
Nancy Rekosh Thorp said : Guest Report Sep 14, 2017 at 9:53 PM

Just learned of Mary's passing. My sincere condolences to her family & friends. We were classmates at Notre Dame. I will always remember her being a friendly Glee Club member. God bless!

  • Wilmington
  • Delaware
Lois M. Holliday said : Guest Report Sep 14, 2017 at 6:00 PM

I just received an email today about Mary's death. Bill I am so sorry and have to say I am in shock. After as these years I still consider Mary one of my dearest friends even though I have not seen the two of you for several years. I remember the fun times we had playing cards as couples and looked so forward to seeing the two of you. So sad how one doesn't take the time to keep in contact. I bet you are feeling rather lost without your partner. Rick has been gone for seven years. My daughter and her family live close and that has been my saving grace plus I see my son every week too. Hopefully your extended family is close by and you are leaning on them. I wish you would get in contact with me. I am on facebook. Take care and hang in there. Lois

  • Bartlett
  • IL
Carole Ann Cooke (nee Heizer) said : Guest Report Sep 14, 2017 at 4:41 PM

I was a classmate of Mary's for nearly 12 years as well as being Scouts. She was a large, treasured part of my life and I mourn her death. Living in Ireland, I only today learned of her passing. I will have masses said here in Ireland at Our Lady of Knock Shrine. God bless you all.

  • Tobercurry
  • Ireland
Betty Rheinecker Shafer said : Guest Report Jul 24, 2017 at 10:47 PM

So sorry to hear about Mary Met Mary in 1st grade at St Marys. She was such a sweet person. I know you will miss here. Betty Rheinecker Shafer

  • Rockford
  • Illinois
Joseph Reichert said : Guest Report Jul 24, 2017 at 8:41 PM

Bill please accept my sympathies. Have not seen you in many years but know the loss you mus feel.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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