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Arnold F. Bauer

Arnold F. Bauer

Arnold F. Bauer age 87 of Elmwood, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood.

Arnie was born June 4, 1933 in Lima Township, rural Durand.  He was the son of William and Lucy (Hayden) Bauer and grew up in that community. Arnie attended the Holy Rosary Parish School at Lima.  He married Marian Lecheler October 20, 1953 in Elmwood.  After marriage they farmed in Lima for a short time before purchasing the Lecheler family farm in Elmwood.  They raised their family and farmed until they retired.  In 2014 they moved to an apartment in Elmwood and in 2019 they moved to Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood.

Arnie enjoyed fishing, camping, listening to traditional country music, playing the harmonica and accordion and was known to call family on their birthdays and play “happy birthday” on his harmonica, then hang up.  He was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Arnie is survived by his children, Nona Buchholz of Eau Claire, Arnie Jr. (Chris) of Colfax, Judy (Jerry) Hartung of Arkansaw, Allen (Jodi) of Roberts, Karen (Chuck) Goettl of Chippewa Falls, Jean (Matt) Dilts of Menomonie, Paula Bauer of Eau Claire, daughter-in-law, Brenda Bauer of Plum City. 16 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; a brother Edwin (Donna) Bauer of Mondovi; two sisters, Aileen Wayne of Plum City, formerly of Durand, Esther Alf of Eau Claire, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marian-March 27, 2020, a son Kenneth, a son-in-law, Dale Buchholz; two brothers, Hubert and Wilfred; four sisters, Rosina Brantner, Emma Bauer, Helen Sweeney and Sr. Marian Bauer.

Due to Covid-19, private funeral mass for both Arnold and Marian will be held at 11:30 AM Friday, February 19, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with Rev. Amir Stanislaus & Rev. Levi Schmitt officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed on the Rhiel Funeral Home Facebook Page.


  1. Steve schultz

    My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  2. marge binkowski

    Tony and I enjoyed being neighbors to Arnie and Marion. Very sorry for your loss.

  3. Cheryl Spicer

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Erv and Donna Lauer

    Sympathies to the family

  5. Craig Swenson

    Had a lot of good conversation with your dad at the farm

  6. Pat & Nancy Wayne

    We are so sad to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and in our heartfelt prayers. May your loving memories be held forever in your heart and may God comfort you in your loss.
    Our Deepest Sympathy to all of you!
    Pat & Nancy

  7. Julia Jilek

    I am sending condolences and love at this sad time. Hold each other and know that your Dad is surrounded by loved ones and is embraced by their love ❤️

  8. Rob Ganschow

    Nona and Family - You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  9. Maribeth (Bates)

    So sorry to hear of the loss of both Arnie and Marion. I have many fond memories of both of them. I especially will treasure the quilts Marion & Del Jane helped me finish making. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.

  10. Gina Zurek

    I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

  11. Marina Brantner

    My sympathies to Arnie's family. It's very hard to loose both your parents in such a short period of time. I will always remember Uncle Arnie as being a happy upbeat person with a bright smile.

  12. Beth and Craig Ingli

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family on the loss of your Dad. We enjoyed sitting with your parents in church and being their "pew mates" many Saturday nights at Elmwood Mass. We are happy they are together again, as they reunite in Heaven.

  13. Rose and Jeff Brunner

    Thinking of you all during this difficult time. I have fond memories of that beautiful harmonica being played for me on my birthday. Hold tight to all the wonderful memories.

  14. Kathy & Bob Geraets

    Condolences to Bauer family
    Arnie ,the coffee maker for the Elmwood Knights of Columbus Events

  15. Jeff Pitman

    Arnie was a member of the Sacred Heart/Elmwood Council of the Knights of Columbus for 47 years! He was a tremendous worker on our Council projects, and a loyal friend to his brother Knights. We will all miss his presence greatly.

  16. Sharon Bauer

    Sharing our Prayers and Sympathy with you all during this time of grieving. I have heard tell that Grief is the realization that we have so much love for our loved ones that have recently passed but now no place for that Love to go. May you find great comfort & peace in all the Memories.
    Prayers & virtual hugs - Randy & Sharon Bauer

  17. Larry and Penny Lecheler

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Arnie. Such a nice man and family. You are in our prayers....

  18. Charlene Henderson

    Never easy saying goodbye to someone you love.
    Our deepest sympathy .
    Sending hugs and prayers .

  19. Brenda Bechel

    So sorry for your loss.

  20. Peggy (Bates) Snyder

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. So soon after Marian's death. I remember them both as kind & respected members of the Elmwood community. I will always remember them with friendly hellos & smiles!

  21. Tim and Julie Milliren

    Our sympathy to you and your family Judy during this difficult time. May the memories and love surround you!!

  22. Jamie Reitz

    My sympathy to the entire Bauer family in the loss of Arnie and Marian.

  23. Bob Hartung

    Wishing the Arnie Bauer family our thoughts and prayers and we mourn for your loss.
    Miriam and Bob Hartung

  24. Marlene (Baier) Sabelko

    Bauer Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time of loss of your Dad, Arnie. I truly enjoyed visiting with Arnie & Marian quite often at Welcome Home. May they both Rest In Peace. Sincerest Sympathy to All, Marlene (Baier) Sabelko

  25. Floyd and Marge Briggs

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  26. Neil Flynn

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss.

  27. Tom Brantner

    With sympathy, memories to treasure, they will always be with you, whatever you do and wherever you go. For now, May caring thoughts from others help you through as time passes, little reminders of your loved ones will touch your heart... Tom Brantner

  28. Susan and Steve Quilling

    So very sorry. Sending our thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Uncle Arnie.

  29. Nina Sumwalt

    Sending condolences to the family. May you all be in peace with all of our love surrounding you.

  30. Gerold Brantner

    Memories keep the ones you loved close to you in spirit and thought... and always in your heart.
    May you find peace in loving memories.
    Jerry Brantner

  31. Diana Halsey

    At this time of loss May you know... His compassion, His grace, His love.
    May the love of God surround you during this time of sorrow. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Diana (Brantner) Halsey

  32. Barb Overman

    My thoughts and prayers go out Arnie & Marian Bauer, your parents. So sorry your loss in there sad times. All take care. Blessings

  33. Barry Bauer

    My condolences to the family.
    Glad I had a chance to chat with uncle Arnie during November 2019. He will be missed.

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