Beatrice Emily Field Dreyer

SUN PRAIRIE – Beatrice Emily Field Dreyer entered her heavenly home on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at the age of 94.  She was born on February 27, 1929, in Chicago, and later resided and raised her family in Itasca, IL.  Bea, as she was known, married Conrad Dreyer, her co-worker at Allstate Insurance Co., on February 20, 1954. They remained lovingly married for 65 years, until Conrad’s death in 2019, and together raised four boys.

Bea always kept herself busy.  She loved being a wife and mother, but also believed strongly in the power of women, and formal education.  She not only made sure her husband and boys were well cared-for, but also returned to school to earn a degree in Library Science.  She later became a librarian and was proud of her career.

Bea’s interests included gardening, knitting, traveling, reading, and she thoroughly enjoyed entertaining family and friends.  She loved to decorate for the holidays, and never missed celebrating a birthday or anniversary in the family.  She was an active member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Itasca, and was honored for her work at the local food pantry.  There was a special place in her heart for those who were in need or less fortunate.

Bea was preceded in death by her parents, William and Emily Field;  husband, Conrad Dreyer;  her brother, Robert Field;  brothers-in-law, Ernst and William Dreyer; and sisters-in-law, Elsie and Esther Dreyer.

She is survived by her sons, Conrad (Deb) Dreyer, Christopher (Susan) Dreyer, Daniel Dreyer, and Eric (Michelle) Dreyer; her grandchildren, Brianne (Andy) Manthe, Colin Dreyer, and Georgia Dreyer; her great-grandchildren, Remington, Grant, and Grace Manthe.  She is further survived by her sisters-in-law, Marie Field and Margaret Dreyer, and her beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Bea’s life will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at her place of residence, New Perspectives, 222 Bristol Street, in Sun Prairie.  Services will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a visitation to follow in the 4th floor Harbor Lights Gathering Room.

The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage is assisting the family.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be given to a charity or organization of the donor’s choice in Beatrice’s honor.    

Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage is assisting the family.