Catherine “Katie” Carola Bauer, age 91, of Hudson, WI, formerly of Delano, died peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at Christian Community Home in Hudson, WI.
She was born Catherine Carola Bauman Sept. 28, 1926, in Delano, Woodland Township, Wright County, the second oldest of 13 children.
Catherine attend school in Delano and the College of Saint Catherine before she married Daniel A. Bauer of St. Paul, Sept. 14, 1946, at Saint Peter Catholic Church of Delano.
While raising her family, Katie found the time and energy to return to school and complete training as a licensed practical nurse. She was employed at the Hudson Hospital and Clinic, and later, the Afton Road Clinic.
A woman of devoted Christian spirit, Catherine allowed but three matters to occupy her mind her family, her home, and her church. To these three things, she devoted her time and energy. Her home was always brightened by her happy smiles, her delicious cooking and baking, and her exceptional hospitality.
Catherine’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, through her energy and untiring labors in their behalf, were given all the advantages and values of education and Christian charity. As a neighbor, she was outgoing, kind, and ever ready to do all in her power to assist those in need.
Catherine and Daniel loved their spacious lawn, flower beds, and vegetable garden. At any time in the spring, summer, or fall, they could be found working together in their garden or beautiful flower beds. Catherine often hosted garden parties for their many friends that featured the bounty of her labor. Her canned jams, jellies, and fruit were often gifted at birthdays and the holiday season, and were always thankfully received.
Daniel and Catherine’s first home was in Lake Saint Croix Beach, MN, where they were early parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. They repaired to Hudson, WI, in 1959, and became parishioners of St. Patrick Catholic Church. Both parishes realized many helps over the years from Catherine’s always charitable heart.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Catherine Bauman; her loving husband, Daniel; her brothers, Clarence, Joseph, and John; and her sister, Dorothy Jean Griep.
Catherine leaves seven children: Timothy (Joyce) Bauer of Hudson, WI, Terrance (Debby) Bauer of Scottsdale, AZ, Theodore (Sally) Bauer of Balsam Lake, WI, Daniel (Diane) Bauer, Gregory (Danna) Bauer, Anthony (Rhonda) Bauer, all of Hudson, WI, and Mary Catherine (James) Nasvik of Savage, MN; as well as 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 13 step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild.
Celebration of Life arrangements were with the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, Hudson, WI. There was visitation Sunday, Nov. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson, WI. The family requests memorials be given to St. Patrick School of Hudson.