Rita Ann Bingheim
Born: March 22, 1934; Belleville
Died: January 5, 2021; Peoria
PERU – Rita Ann (Schifferdecker) Bingheim, 86, of Peru, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 15, 2021 at Zion United Church of Christ, Peru with Rev. Alex Garncarz, pastor officiating. Burial will follow in Peru City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Mueller Funeral Home, Peru. Additional visitation will be 10:30 until the time of services Friday at the church. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those attending services are kindly asked to wear face coverings and follow social distancing guidelines.
Rita was born March 22, 1934 in Belleville to Elmer and Estelle (Munie) Schifferdecker. She graduated from Belleville Township High School and St. Louis College of Pharmacy (SLCOP). In July 1956, she married Kenneth Bingheim in Detroit, MI. They then moved to Centralia, IL.
While in Belleville, Rita played trumpet in the high school band and orchestra She also played in the Belleville Philharmonic orchestra along with her father and sister. In Centralia, she played in the pit band for several musicals produced by the local theater group and she played in the Kaskaskia Community College Concert Band and Jazz Band. In Peru, she played in the summer concert band.
After graduation from SLCOP, Rita worked for her father in his drug store. When she moved to Centralia, she worked for St. Mary's Hospital. That is where she became a member of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, holding several offices both locally and at the state level.
Rita was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and Epsilon Sigma Alpha. She was also a member of Zion United Church of Christ, Peru where she was active in the women's guild.
Survivors include her five sons, Dennis (Maria) Bingheim of Quincy, Jeff Bingheim of Rockford, Gregory (Cindy) Bingheim of Benton, KY, Bradley (Diane) Bingheim of Milwaukee, WI and Mark (Tiffany) Bingheim of West Bend, WI; seven grandchildren, Amanda Harman, Michelle Bingheim, Elly, Eric and Emma Bingheim, Heather Bingheim and Bryan Bingheim; three great-grandchildren, Cecilia Bingheim and Clark and Cheyanne Male; a sister, Gail Paul of Lake Zurich; three nieces; and one nephew.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth on December 25, 1996; and a sister, Joyce Schifferdecker.
Pallbearers will be her sons and her nephew, David Paul.
Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
, Shiners Children's Hospital or Zion United Church of Christ, Peru.
The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.MuellerFH.com