Rosemary Becherer

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Rosemary C. Becherer, nee Middendorf, 91, of Freeburg, IL., born September 30, 1932, entered her heavenly home on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at her residence.

Rosemary, daughter of Walter and Esta, nee Carr, Middendorf, graduated from St. Joseph’s Catholic Grade School and Freeburg Community High School. She married Robert Becherer on October 18, 1952. Rosemary worked at First National Bank, Magna Bank and Citizens Community Bank. After 43 years in banking, she retired at the age of 75. She loved banking and organizing the senior trips. Besides travel, she loved playing cards with special friends and spending time with her dog.

Rosemary was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the American Legion Auxiliary Locklar-Smith Unit 550.

Preceding her in death was her husband of 61 years, Robert L. Becherer; her parents; brother, Burl Middendorf and wife Rosemarie; brother, Robert Middendorf and wife Donna; in-laws, Joseph and Bertha, nee Berkel, Becherer; a brother-in-law, Roland Becherer; a sister-in-law, Anita and husband, Wilfred Stratmann; and a niece, Bonnie Casey.

Surviving are her daughter, Karen (Paul) Middendorf; a granddaughter, Beth (Brian) Aromando; a great-granddaughter, Ava Aromando; nieces, nephews, and cousins; and caregivers.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Belleville Area Humane Society, Hospice of Southern Illinois, or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2023, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2023, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, with Fr. Von Deeke officiating.

Burial will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


10 Comments on Rosemary Becherer

Al and RoseHeiligenstein said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2023 at 7:17 PM

Sincere Condolences to the family of Rosemary. Al graduated from high school with Rosemary. We always enjoyed our reunion lunches.

  • Wentzville
  • Missouri
Al and RoseHeiligenstein said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2023 at 7:11 PM

Our prayers are with the family of Rosemary. Although we only saw her occasionally since we lived in Missouri we always enjoyed her visits.

  • Wentzville
  • Missouri
Allison Rueter said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2023 at 1:31 PM

Karen, I had the great honor of working with Rosemary at Citizens Bank. She was something. She made work a fun place to work. She new how to make you laugh. Enjoyed her Christmas work parties when she would bring out her special Slush. She was always so kind to my family and ALWAYS teased my husband anytime we seen her. We truly loved her.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Ellen Parker said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2023 at 11:00 AM

Please accept my condolences. Mrs. Becherer had the most pleasant disposition. May she rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Charles Vogel said : Guest Report Nov 04, 2023 at 9:20 PM

Sincere condolences. I remember her as a key associate of my Dad’s working in the bank. Always a warm, gracious and helpful lady. May the family find comfort in her faithful service. … Charles Vogel

  • Callaway
  • VA
Fr Mark Reyling said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2023 at 10:06 AM

Karen and Beth - Please accept my prayers and condolences. Rosemary was a delight to know. I used to tell her as she was leaving Mass to be sure to go straight home and not stop at all the bars. She would just smile and tell me that was no fun. May Rosemary rest in peace.

  • Herrin
  • Illinois
Annette Scovell said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2023 at 6:26 AM

My sincere condolences to the family. I was fortunate enough to work with Rosemary for a few years at the Freeburg bank. Being only 19 and just getting out in the world on my own, she was always there if I needed her for advice. I may not have always liked it, but she was always willing to listen. Her and Bob raised a beautiful, caring daughter that helped our family through many hard times. She will forever be in our hearts.

  • Greensboro
  • GA
Connie Hall said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2023 at 12:30 AM

Karen and family, sending deepest condolences! I will always remember your mom as a loving person. She was always ready to laugh, vital and interested in others. I’m so glad I got to see her on my last trip to Freeburg. Hold each other close and may good memories ease the loss. Love, Connie

  • Los Angeles
  • California
Joan Drummond said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2023 at 11:13 PM

Sending you strength and comfort during this difficult time,please accept my heartfelt condolences , thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Illinois
Peter and Jean Harrison said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2023 at 8:47 PM

I am very glad to have known Rosemary all my life. As cousins she and I and another cousin shared many wonderful days together. I’m so thankful to have those memories. Rosemary will be missed. Peter and I are sorry for the loss to her family.

  • La Grange Park
  • IL

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