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Barbara A. Bauer

Barbara A. Bauer

Barbara A. Bauer, age 91 of Durand, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at her home in Durand.

Barb was born in Durand WI on March 24, 1925 to Oscar and Anna (Traun) Schlosser. She was raised in the Town of Canton, rural Buffalo County, along with two brothers and five sisters. She attended a one room school for a few years and later graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic School at Lima. After high school, Barb worked at the Durand Hardware Store until she married. 


On May 30, 1944, Barb married Edmund C. Bauer at Lima Holy Rosary Catholic Church. After marriage, they farmed and raised their nine children in Prissel Valley in the Township of Lima. Barb attended college at UW-Eau Claire and graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor’s Degree in special education, then attained her Master’s Degree in 1979. After Edmund’s death in 1972, Barb taught as a special education teacher in the Arkansaw School District until her retirement in 1992. Barb touched the lives of many students, several of whom kept in contact with her after retirement. Barb loved the family farm and continued to live there until 2014 when she moved to the City of Durand to live with her daughter.

Barb cherished life and welcomed every day as a gift. She had a passion for learning, enjoyed reading, and loved traveling the world with her friends.  She was an avid and competitive card and scrabble player, was gifted at playing the piano, and loved listening to Lawrence Welk. Most of all, Barb loved spending time with her family and friends. She was quick to greet them with a big smile and a warm hug and eagerly offered them a bite to eat and a place at her table to catch up on life. Her love and inspiration will remain in our hearts forever. 

Barb is survived by her children; Linda (Tom) Donohue of Des Plaines, IL, David (Pat) Bauer of Durand, Marge (David) Linse of Mondovi, Elizabeth Bauer of Durand, Jane Bauer of Eau Claire, Kathryn (Dennis Odegard) Bunning of Durand, Alicia Lahti of Montecito, CA and Michael X. (Kim) Bauer of Durand, 13 grandchildren; Mary (Joel) Osman, Anne (Joe) Hoffer, Angela (David) McCormick, Kenneth Bauer, Justin (Senaca) Bauer, Peter Linse, Daniel (Melissa) Linse, Brooke (Harrison) Salamone, Josie Bunning, Linse Lahti, Joe (Rachel) Lahti, Neil (Kati King) Bauer, Ashley (Jason) Proue, 18 great grandchildren, one sister, Frances Hurlburt of Durand, nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Edmund C. Bauer, son, Edmund G.Bauer, granddaughter-in-law, Natalie Linse, two brothers; John and Eddie Schlosser, and four sisters; Sister Margaret Ann Schlosser, Dorothy Anibas, Margie Weisenbeck and Rosemary Carlisle.

The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima, rural Durand, with Rev. Paul Bosco and Rev. Lawrence Berger officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 PM on Friday at Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Lunch will be served in the church basement after the mass and burial. 

Memorials given in honor of Barbara A Bauer will be used to support the educational needs of children. 

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family. 


  1. Alicia Lahti

    From Barbara Bauer's entire family we graciously thank all of your sentiments during this time.

  2. Patti Blount

    I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Barb. She was a very nice lady to chat. Sympathy to the family during this difficult time.

  3. Todd and Ann Suckow

    We were so sorry to hear about Barb's passing. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.
    Todd & Ann (Weber) Suckow

  4. Sheree Nelson

    Barb was my inspiration all those many years ago at UW-Eau Claire. She gave me the courage and drive to finish my undergraduate degree and then go on to graduate school. She will forever have a place in my heart. I am sorry for your loss.

  5. Toni Kremer Lippert

    Jane, My thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this most difficult time.

  6. Kris and Dave Polzer

    Sending our sympathies on the loss of a lovely lady.

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  7. Kathy Lieffring

    I loved this wonderful lady. She was compassionate, kind, and had the patience of a saint! The kids in her room were always given a safe haven and enjoyed being there. Peace, my friend!

  8. Chuck and Rosanne Reckin

    Our sympathy to all of Barbara's family. She was a lovely, gracious woman.

  9. Darlene Bryan

    My Deepest Sympathy to the Family, Lovely Lady

  10. Colleen Forster Garnevicus

    Barb was a classy, loving, intelligent lady--we know she will be missed by her family the most. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Colleen & Tom

  11. Lester Bauer

    My sympathy to the family. I have many fond memories of Barb coming into the garage to have her car serviced. Such a nice lady. You will be missed Barb.

  12. Sandra Baker

    You will be missed Aunt Barb.

  13. Judy john parr

    Sorry to read of your loss our sympathy to all

  14. Melissa Hanson

    She will be dearly missed. I was very great full to have her as a teacher. What a great lady. One of the best. May she rest in peace. Hugs to the family.

  15. Tony Poeschel

    Many blessings to your family. She was a great lady. A great sister and aunt.

  16. Kathy Bauer Kay and Families

    Aunt Barbara's Family - A smile comes to my face when I think of Aunt Barbara, and what a great and loving lady she was while on this earth!

    She will be greatly missed but we will always think of her fondly and with love......by the Ray L. and Irene Bauer Families, Durand, WI.

  17. Judy Frish

    Elizabeth, although I did not know your Mom, she sounds like a wonderful woman who lived a full and rich life! Thoughts and prayers with you and your family. Judy

  18. Annette Poeschel

    I send condolences to all.
    Aunt Barb was a delight lady.
    Always happy and did love life
    As a gift. Many great memories
    With family. Love, peace and
    Prayers being send your way.
    Cousin Annette Marie Anibas Poeschel.

  19. Mary And Jim Cooper

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. I Will
    Always remember her sweet smile and quiet ways.

  20. Gary & Judi Bauer

    Our deepest sympathy to the Bauer family.
    May Barb RIP.

  21. Pamela Tweed

    Dearest Betsy: Many blessings to you and your family. Your mom sounds like a remarkable woman and lived a wonderful life. love you, Pamela

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