Family Login:

Share This Obituary


ELIZABETH "BETTY" B. BAUER, 83, who sang at Carnegie Hall, died in her Chicago home Sunday, June 23, after a long struggle with cancer.

Raised in Sterling, IL, Mrs. Bauer was a soprano soloist with the Chicago Chamber Choir and New Jersey choral groups, taught voice privately and for the Academy of Music in Oak Park. While residing in South Orange, NJ in 1992, she and baritone Richard Eickenberry of New York City gave a duet recital at Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall. For many years, Betty was a popular soloist at the Church of Our Savior and Bethany Union Church in Chicago and for various churches and organizations in New York City and New Jersey. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Betty later studied German lieder singing at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

Preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, attorney Peter A. Bauer, she is survived by Abigail K. Spreyer of Chicago, Frank D. (Mary Alice Mandarich) Spreyer of Denver, Mark Spreyer of Barrington, IL (all first cousins once removed), several other children of her first cousins and by dear friends, Ellen Alexander and William Woodruff of New York City.

Gifts in Betty's memory may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037 or PAWS Chicago, 1997 N. Clybourn, Chicago, IL 60614.

Private interment at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling, IL.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058 or