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Esther L. Bauer

Esther L. Bauer

Esther L. Bauer age 88 of Elmwood, passed away on Sunday September 22, 2019 at Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood.    

Esther was born December 18, 1930 at home in the Township of Eau Galle, Dunn County.  She was the daughter of Harry and Rose (Hartung) Bates and grew up in the Eau Galle area.  Esther graduated from Durand High School in 1948. After graduation Esther worked as a bookkeeper for Goodrich Lumber Co. in Durand where she met her soon to be husband.  Esther married Cyril P. Bauer April 24, 1951 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Eau Galle.  After marriage they farmed in the Township of Weston and raised their family.  In the spring of 1986, they sold the farm and remained in the Weston area.  In 2018, Esther and Cyril moved to Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood where she has remained the rest of her life.

Esther enjoyed gardening, baking, playing cards, sewing, fishing and spending time at the lake with her family and friends.  She was a member and a group leader of Sacred Heart Altar & Rosary Society and taught Catechism. Esther’s catholic faith was very important to her.  She was also active in 4H and helped out with elections at the Weston Town Hall.

The family would like to express their special thanks to St. Croix Hospice, Welcome Home Assisted Living and Mayo Clinic Health Systems for the wonderful care given to Esther.

Esther is survived by her husband, Cyril, six children, Dan (Kathy) of Moneta, VA; Donna Henry of St. Louis Park, MN, Ken of River Falls, Nancy (Bruce) Reihl of Stillwater, MN, Karen (Tom) Conway of West St. Paul, MN, Jennifer (Greg) Radtke of Red Wing, MN; special family member, Sheri Miller of Menomonie; 14 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; one brother, Al Bates; two sisters, Virginia Schuh and Angie Brantner; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

She is preceded in death by her parents, a son Wayne, six brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday September 26, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with Rev. Amir Stanislaus officiating.  Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery-Farm Hill.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:45 AM at Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood.


  1. Steve schultz

    Sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, Dan and Donna. I miss you Donna, and hope everything is going fine for you.

  2. Mary Hartung

    Dear Donna,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I remember staying over night at your place and how she made me feel so welcome. May the fond memories you have of your mom help you through these days of sorrow and may it comfort you to know that others care about you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Mary Hartung

  3. Becky (Wheeler) Anderson

    Nancy and families my deepest sympathy to you all on your Mother's passing! May God comfort you at this difficult time! Cherish the wonderful memories!

  4. Maribeth (Bates) Brunner

    My deepest sympathy to you all. She was a great Aunt and will be missed.

  5. Larry Lecheler

    You have my condolences on the passing of Esther. You usually have a pretty good idea of what parents are like by looking at their children, and vice-versa, and in the case of the Bauer family, it was evident that both Cyril and Esther teamed up to do a great job raising their clan! The members of the family that I knew and grew up with while attending school at Elmwood were some of the friendliest around, and I believe, by God's good blessings, it started with their mom and dad!

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers....

  6. Jim Krause

    My Condolences to the Bauer Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Diane Morehouse

    I am so very sorry to learn of dear Esther's passing. Truly a sweet and lovely woman. My sympathies to you all

  8. Don & Martha Hardy

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

  9. Steve and Pat Wernerf

    Esther was a kind and sweet woman. My parents, Ray and Bing Asher valued the years of friendship with Cyril and Esther.. They enjoyed card many card games and always celebrated New Years Eve together. A life well lived!

  10. Sue Werner Ducklow

    On behalf of all the (Bob and Ginny) Werner kids, our deepest sympathies.

  11. Jerry & Jayne Holt

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bauer family.

  12. Kim Jensen

    Sending prayers for comfort! She was an amazing lady!

  13. Suzi Crownhart

    My sympathy to the Bauer Family.

  14. Steve and Amy Smith

    Dan and Kathy, our deepest condolences to you and your family.

  15. Sue (Samuel) Walz

    Bauer family - My sympathies and prayers are with you all as you celebrate Esther's amazing life and legacy. I have many fun memories of summer days when we would walk across the field and play at the farm. Hugs to you all!

  16. Chuck & Rosanne Reckin

    Our sympathy and prayers to all of Esther's family.

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