Andrew J. Bauman IV

Andrew J. Bauman IV, 55, of Scranton and formerly of Old Forge, died Wednesday evening in Hospice Community Care, Dunmore, following an illness.

Born on Oct. 29, 1956, and raised in Old Forge, son of Andrew J. Bauman III, of Old Forge; and the late Arlene M. Siconolfi Bauman, he was a 1974 graduate of Old Forge High School. He earned an associate degree at Keystone College and received a Master of Science degree at Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City. He was also certified in various other forms of traditional Chinese medicine and the water cure. With his education, Andrew treated individuals worldwide and was in the process of establishing a nonprofit practice to heal those suffering from various medical conditions, regardless of their ability to pay for treatment. Andrew, known as Drew by family and friends, was a parishioner of St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton, where he served as a Eucharistic minister and choir member.

A cancer survivor for 17 years, Drew bravely overcame many challenges following a lifetime of chronic illnesses. His faith in God carried him through each illness and inspired him to aid others in their own challenges they faced. He shared God's love with all those who knew him and was a true guiding light to others. A generous, selfless man who always put the needs of others before his own, Andrew was grateful for the "wealth" in his life that came from his family. He went home to the Lord, whom he loved and served all his life.

The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to Deacon Ed Shoener of St. Peter's Cathedral, all the staff of HCC/Celtic Inpatient Hospice Unit in Dunmore, and the staff at Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

Surviving are his children, Andrew Joseph Bauman V of Plains Twp.; Mary Bauman, of Austin, Texas; and Lisa Godfrey and husband, Craig, of Bloomsburg; his former wife, Roselyn Harvey of Plains Twp.; a sister, Bonnie Poklemba and husband, Joseph, of Blakely; a brother, Mark Bauman and wife, Tracey, of Coplay; nephews, including John Sobieski, Benjamin Bauman, and Alex Hatok; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Mary Bauman.

The funeral will be held Monday at 8:45 a.m. from the Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Peter's Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Philip A. Altavilla, pastor. Interment will be privately held in Old Forge Cemetery.

Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

To leave an online condolence, visit www.ferrifuneral home.com.

Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 26, 2012