CHICAGO – Elizabeth “Betty” Bull Bauer, 83, who sang at Carnegie Hall and attended the 65th reunion of her Sterling High School class last year, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at her Chicago home, after a long struggle with cancer.
She was the last surviving grandchild of D.W. Grandon, donor of the Grandon Civic Center in Sterling and longtime owner/publisher of The Daily Gazette. A 1947 graduate of Sterling High School, her attendance at her 40th class reunion led to a series of duet performances with baritone SHS classmate Richard Eickenberry of New York City, including a 1992 duet recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall.
Betty graduated from the University of Kansas, and later studied German lieder singing at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. 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. She also was a soprano soloist with the Chicago Chamber Choir and various New Jersey choral groups.
She is survived by Abigail K. Spreyer of Chicago, Frank D. (Mary Alice Mandarich) Spreyer of Denver, Mark Spreyer of Barrington, and Georgia J. (Mrs. G. Gordon) Sanford of Sterling, all great-grandchildren of D.W. and Elizabeth Grandon; several other children of her first cousins; and by dear friends, Ellen Alexander and William Woodruff of New York City.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, attorney Peter A. Bauer.
Private interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling.
Memorial gifts are suggested to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037; or PAWS Chicago, 1997 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614.