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Delores E Bauer

Delores E Bauer

Delores E. Bauer, age 78, of Durand died Thursday, October 27, 2022 at her home in Durand with her family by her side.

Delores was born on June 6, 1944, the 10th of 12 children to John H. and Esther (Stomprud) Olson. She grew up in the Eleva area and graduated salutatorian from Central High School in 1962. She attended the “old” Chippewa Valley Tech school for only five weeks and was called to a job as secretary for the law firm of Hibbard and Evans.

Delores met Duane A. Bauer at a dance at Fourniers Ball Room in Eau Claire in September of 1963. They danced all over for many years to the Rhythm Playboys. They married at Holy Rosary Parish-Lima on September 18, 1965. They lived on a dairy farm near Duane’s folks where they raised their family. Delores had worked for the law firm for over four and a half years until they started their family.

Delores was active in Holy Rosary Parish and school serving as group leader, president and on the school committee. She was a CCD teacher and teacher’s aide for many years, and distributed fluoride, checked papers, typed contracts, weighed and measured students, did calligraphy on confirmation and first communion certificates, and helped sew stage curtains for the gym.

Duane and Delores sold their cows in 1986 and in 1987, Delores started working at the Chippewa Valley Hospital in Durand. She said she was going to work a year or two until Duane decided what he was going to do… but she ended up being there for 25 and a half years.

Delores enjoyed many hobbies – playing the guitar and singing, drawing, doing crossword puzzles and word searches, writing poetry, reading, and sewing quilts for family, friends, and the Lima Fall Festivals.

Delores is survived by her husband, Duane, of 57 years, and her three children, Douglas (Summer), Darrin (Cam Nelson), and Dixie (Antonio), also two wonderful grandchildren, Devany and Drae Bauer, and Zack Nelson. She is further survived by three sisters; Florence (Duane) Deutscher; Edith (LeRoy) Cleasby; and Carol Sell; and one brother Dennis (Sharon) Olson; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and five sisters; Leone, Florence, Violet, Doris and Lorraine; and by two brothers; Russell and Jerome.

Funeral Mass will be 11:30AM Thursday, November 3, 2022 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima in Durand, Rev. Timothy Reither will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 4:00PM-7:00PM Wednesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

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


  1. Deanna Rippley

    Sorry to hear of your loss.
    Deanna and Gerry Rippley


    So very sad to hear the news..your neighbors on Forster Road. RAY GJERDAHL AND CRYSTAL DOW

  3. Brian Gabriel

    With our deepest sympathy--Brian and Norma Gabriel

  4. Emmy Bauer

    My sympathy to the family. Delores was a wonderful lady.

  5. Sandra K. Brantner

    Our deepest sympathy to Duane & all the family!! Sandy & Allan Brantner

  6. Amanda Glaus

    Duane and family, losing the ones we love is so difficult. May God comfort you during this time of sorrow. Prayers and sympathy to you all.

  7. Daniel Traun

    Sorry for your loss and offer you my sympathy

  8. Kathy Becker

    Duane and family our thoughts and prayers are with. Our sympathies!!

  9. Steven & Tamie Roach

    Sorry for your loss
    The Roach’s


    Sending our sincere sympathy to you Duane and your family.

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  11. Joe and Jan Drier

    Duane and family, So sorry to hear of Delores’ passing. She was such a wonderful and kind lady. Enjoyed seeing her at the hospital while she worked there. Sending our Sympathy to you all!!

  12. Tim and Julie Milliren

    Duane and family, you have our sympathy…so sorry for your loss✝️

  13. Donna

    Delores was a great and Wonderful Lady, God Bless the Family ????❤️????rxqy

  14. Gary and Judi Bauer

    Duane, Doug, Darren and Dixie and families. Our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time are with you all. She was a very special friend and I loved visiting with Delores. In the early years all of our get togethers during the Christmas season celebrating our godson Doug’s birthday. She always had the best holiday bars and cookies. RIP Delores our love and sympathy to each and everyone of you. Love Gary & Judi

  15. Judy and John Parr

    sorry to see your loss hugs

  16. Barb

    Sympathy to Duane and Family

  17. Rick and Carol Richardson

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Sympathy to all.


    My Deepest Sympathies to Duane and family!

  19. Dave and Pat Bauer

    Duane and family, we are so so sorry to hear about Deloris. She was such a kind lady. You all have our deepest sympathy!
    Dave and Pat Bauer

  20. Kimberly Roenneburg

    You are all in my Thoughts & Prayers. Love & Hugs.

  21. Donna Karshbaum

    So Sorry to hear about your Loss Delores was a Beautiful Lady, God Bless the Family ????❤️????

  22. Darlene Brantner

    You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for you all. She will definitely be missed! ????

  23. Patty and John Wayne

    Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to you and your family.

  24. Cheryl Brindle

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Delores was one in a million! One of the kindest people I knew. God's blessings of peace, strength, and Faith during this difficult time.

  25. Larry and Carol Prissel

    Duane and Family you have our Sympathy. Our Prayers are with you all.

  26. Janice Bates

    We send our deepest sympathy to the Bauer family. Dick and Jan

  27. Tammy Caturia

    My Deepest Sympathies to Duane and family. She was always such a kind lady.

  28. Tracey Tulip

    My deepest sympathy to Duane and the whole family. I alway enjoy my talks with Delores. She was such a sweet lady????????

  29. Kathy

    So sorry for your loss. DELORES WAS A VERY SPECIAL LADY.

  30. Abraham Barbara A

    My sincere sympathy to all the family. Delores was such a positive lady. She will be missed.tikx

  31. Malori Larson

    My sympathies to you all. Delores was a wonderful lady. I enjoyed working with her at the hospital many years.

  32. Paul J. Bauer

    Condolences to Duane, Doug, Darrin, Dixie and other family members.

  33. Dale and Laurel Gruber

    Sincere sympathy and friendship for your entire family. Such a beautiful and kind lady. I am glad I got to know her.

  34. Dennis Brunner

    Our sinsirest sympathy to Duane and your family. She was such a pleasant lady.

  35. Linda Yotter

    My sincere sympathy to you and your family Duane…take care.

    Linda from the bank

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