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Nina D Baier

Nina D Baier

Nina Delores Baier, age 93 of Eau Claire, formerly of Elmwood, died Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Orchard Hills Assisted Living in Eau Claire.

Nina was born March 2, 1928, in What Cheer, IA.  She was the daughter of Lawrence A. and Edith M. (Newcomb) Ridpath.  As a young girl, Nina moved with her family to Wisconsin in the spring of 1938.  She attended elementary school in Owen, WI and graduated from Owen High School in 1946.  Nina entered Nurses training at Luther Hospital School of Nursing in the fall of 1946 and graduated in September of 1949.  She worked two years at Luther before her marriage to Willard Charles Baier on August 16, 1951 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Eau Claire. After marriage, they farmed making their home in rural Elmwood-Farm Hill, for 52 years, and born to this union were six children.  Nina worked for Dr. Frank Springer at the Elmwood Clinic for five years. In 2004 they moved to Eau Claire, Bill died in 2008, and Nina has remained in Eau Claire the rest of her life.

Nina enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens, canning, doing crocheting, counted cross-stitch, ceramics, and spending time with her family and friends.  Nina loved participating in every activity held at Orchard Hill Assisted Living.

Nina is survived by her six children, Mary E. Baier of Cleveland, TN; Ann M. (Kevin) Bluhm of River Falls; R. Thomas (Mary) Baier of Elmwood; Michael L. (Cathy) Baier of Eau Claire; Anthony “Tony” C. (Dawn) Baier of Elmwood, Mark J. (Joy) Baier of Eau Galle; 12 grandchildren, Dan (Amy), Adam (Betsy), Jeff (Michele) Baier, Ruth (Chuck) Ebert, Sara (Court) Gunderson, Allyson (Bryant) Moore, Stephanie (Mike) Daleiden, Abby (fiancé Logan Erdmann) Baier, Brady, Heidi, Andrew Webb and Cameron Bluhm, and 12 great grandchildren, Three sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Droster, DeForest, WI, Judy (Bob) Giardina, Cypress, CA, Kitty McCardle, Elmwood; two brothers-in-law, Norbert Jensen of Lakeville, MN and Jim (Joanne) Baier of Elmwood; two special friends, Janet Allen and Linda Corra, several nieces nephews and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill, two brothers, Bill (Marion) and Charles (Lucille) Ridpath.

The family would like to thank Dr. J. Setla and Dr. F. O’Cochlain and the entire staff of Orchard Hills Assisted Living for their great care and treatment these past many years.

Funeral services will be 1:00PM Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be 3:00PM at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery-Farm Hill, rural Elmwood. A light luncheon will follow at the Baier family farm after the burial.

Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 pm Tuesday, September 7 at Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. St. James Catholic Church recommends masks.

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


  1. Nick and Sue (Wolf) Sperger

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time!

  2. Becky Henning

    Cathy and Mike, so sorry to hear about Anna's passing. Cathy I remember our walks and you talking about her. She sounded like a wonderful person.

  3. Jim Krause

    My Sympathy to all of the Baier Family

  4. Dink Hargrave

    So sorry for your loss. I live about 2 hours from Cleveland TN.

  5. Greg and Elaine Fesenmaiet

    God bless Nina. She was the best nurse I ever had and a good friend to my mother. She will have a special place in heaven.

  6. Chris and Arnie Bauer

    Sorry to hear about Nina
    Prayers she was a special lady

  7. Beth (Pomietlo) Bielecki

    My deepest sympathy in the loss of your sweet mother. Nina was so kind and such a wonderful friend to my mother, her "twin" as she called her, at Orchards Hills. She will always be a special part of our memories from Mom's time there. May she rest in peace.

  8. Sister Margaret Trzebiatowski

    Cathy, remembering your mother and dad fondly. Ever grateful for their care and attention to Fr. Becker years ago. Peace to you and all your family.

  9. Cynthia Hunt

    My deepest sympathy to Nina's family. Nina befriended my mother, Lorraine Pomietlo, when she was a resident at Orchard Hills. It was comforting to know my mother had a friend in her new home. I have thought of Nina often since my mother passed away, and I will keep her in my prayers. May the Lord Bless her and keep her.


    Dear family, I was sorry to hear of your Mother's passing.I have a photo in my home of your Mother Nina and my Mother Lorraine who passed away a year ago April.Your Mom called them twins. It always makes me happy when I see the photo because I knew she had a close friend at Orchid Hill.My daughter Cyndi worked at Orchid Hill any and also Loved your Mother Nina. My Deepest Sympathy .Debi Franz

  11. Julie Pomietlo

    Your loved one Nina was such a good friend to our mother Lorraine when she lived at the same assisted living home. Mom often happily said Nina was like a twin and I could see they both had the same mischievous twinkle in their eyes! I know she was a comfort to Mom who lost her twin sister at a very early age. Please accept the Pomietlo family condolences for your loss of such a special lady.

  12. Sheila (Lauer) Kanis

    Sending loving thoughts and prayers to all of you. I have fond memories of visiting your family on the farm as a kid! Hugs Ann!

  13. Jayne & Jerry Holt

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless

  14. Ann Bock

    So sorry to hear of Ninas passing I have fond of her bringing mom(Hazel Weiser) flowers from her garden seas such a sweet kind lady thoughts are with you all????

  15. Rose Brunner

    Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. God truly gained another angel. May you all find comfort in your memories of the beautiful times you shared.

  16. Donna Karshbaum

    So Sorry for Your Loss, God Bless You All ????????????????????

  17. Kathy & Bob Geraets

    Our sympathies to the Baier families

  18. Dennis & Ramona Schneider

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.zyz

  19. Naresh Hemnani

    Words fail to express my deep sorrow for your loss

  20. Joe and Jan Drier

    Sending our Deepest Sympathy and Prayers to the Family!

  21. John and Deb Mayenschein

    Our prayers go out to Aunt Nina's family. She was a great lady!

  22. Jerry and Mary Ginsbach

    Prayers to the family of Nina Baier. She was a wonderful lady with a positive attitude. She was a joy to know her.

  23. Tami Raethke

    Sending prayers to all of the Baier family.
    Tami & Ralph

  24. Suzi Crownhart

    My sympathy to the Baier Family. Nina was a wonderful lady.

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