Mrs. Becker was a homemaker as well as the co-owner and book-keeper for her husband at Becker Appliance Service, Belleville. Rita enjoyed camping, playing cards, cooking, sewing, knitting, and especially spending time with her grandchildren, to all of whom she was a second mother. She was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, John J. Becker, whom she married on February 15, 1947, and who died on April 6, 2010; her parents, George and Laura, nee Schuetz, Feldt; two brothers, Herbert and George Feldt; and a son-in-law, Don Kassebaum.
Surviving are a son and two daughters, John E. Sr. (Deborah) Becker of Columbia, MO,
Jacqueline B. Kassebaum of Ellsworth, ME,
and JoAnn L. (Richard) Watkins of Smithton, IL;
six grandsons, Thomas (Tina) Kassebaum of Colombus, OH,
Timothy (Amaris) Kassebaum of Houston, TX,
John E. Becker Jr. of St. Charles, MO,
Justin (Lisa) Hoeft of St. Louis, MO,
Jacob (Rebecca) Hoeft of Oakville, MO,
and Richard X. Watkins of Smithton, IL;
three granddaughters, Tamara (Pete) Hodakevic of Houston, TX,
Janet Lynn (Allen) Brokken of Bloomington, IL,
and Erin Watkins of Swansea, IL;
fourteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 2016, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 2016, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL with Msgr. John T. Myler officiating.
Cremation will follow.
Burial of cremains will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Saint Louis, MO, at 10:15 a.m. Monday, September 19, 2016.
Arrangements by George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL