Aloysius A. Becher, 93, Stratford, died on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at his home in the Town of Cleveland, Marathon County.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Stratford, with Rev. Sengole Vethanayagam officiating. Burial will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in the Town of Eau Pleine, Marathon County. The visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Sauter / Rembs Funeral Home, Stratford, and on Thursday from 10:00 am until service time at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. St. Joseph’s Parish Council of Catholic Women will recite the rosary at 6:00 pm on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Al was born August 31, 1924 in Stratford to Edward and Bertha (Harter) Becher. He was a 1943 graduate of the Stratford High School and then volunteered for the U.S. Army. He served in the WWII European Theatre until his honorable discharge in 1946 with the rank of sergeant. Following his discharge, he attended a farm course at the Iowa State University for poultry raising and management.
Al married Bertie Lauer on June 16, 1951 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Marshfield. In 1952 he took on the Ralston Purina franchise for dairy and other animal feeds.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Stratford, serving as an usher and Eucharistic Minister. He led a Bible study group for several years. Al and Bertie taught religious education. He also served on the Parish Council.
Al was active in the Stratford Lions Club for more than 50 years serving as secretary for many years. He was also the liaison between the Stratford Boy Scout organization and served as Cub Scout Master. He was honored by the Lions Club with the Melvin Jones Fellow award. Al served on the Stratford Village Board for one term. He was a member of VFW Post 6352.
Al is survived by his wife, Bertie, of 66 years and his children: Mary (James) Ellerbusch, Jane Esselman, Richard (Cindy), Judith (James) Wagner, Joseph (Sally), Elizabeth (Larry) Brantner, Charles (Anne Marie), Ronald (Mary), Peter (Marie), Anthony (Ruth), and Raymond. He is survived by 28 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and 2 more expected. Aloysius is survived by his brothers Philip and Thomas (Jean), his sister Jeanette Schuster and sister-in-law Elaine Becher. Al was predeceased in death by his parents, brothers Leo, Walter, and Roman also sisters Magdalen, Sister Marita, Mary, Florence, Joan, and granddaughter Erica and great-grandson Jonathan.
Memorials may be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church and St. Joseph Catholic School.
Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com