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Selma L. Bautze

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Selma Lydia (Dirlam) Bautze, of Sudbury, died peacefully Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, at Orchard Hill Assisted Living Community in Sudbury. She was 95 years old. Bautze was born in New York City, on June 14, 1915, and grew up in neighboring Caldwell, N.J. In 1936, Bautze graduated from Saint Lukes Hospital School of Nursing in New York City. In 1940, she earned a degree in physical therapy and education from the Bouve Nursing School (now part of Northeastern). In 1943, Selma married Frank Augustus Bautze, M.D., son of a German immigrant and a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Selma gave birth to her first son in 1944, after her husband Frank was called to serve in China during World War II. After Frank returned from the war, the couple had four more children. In 1952, the Bautze family moved to Sudbury, where Frank and Selma established a practice in internal medicine. Selma also served as director and teacher of the Sudbury Cooperative Preschool from 1953 to 1957, and worked as the nurse at Camp Elbanobscot in Sudbury during the summers of 1953 and 1954. During the 1960s, she also worked as a teacher for handicapped children at Saint Huberts School, which was located on Concord Road in Sudbury. In 1966, Frank died of cancer and Selma began working at the Walden Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Concord and, later, at River Terrace Health Care and Carlton-Willard Assisted Living as director of nursing. She retired in 1972. During her early retirement years, Selma was active in the Brimstone Curling Club in Wayland. In 1987, she moved from Sudbury to her second home in Bridgton, Maine, where she worked as a volunteer for the Friends of the Bridgton Library. She also participated in literacy programs, helped the regional Chamber of Commerce and served as the president of the Lakes Region Chapter of AARP. In her spare time, Selma took piano lessons and attended music camps at the Deertrees Cultural Center in Harrison, Maine. She also explored the state into her late 80s. One adventure included a hot air balloon ride across forests of Bethel, Maine in mid-winter. Selma also loved Scrabble, Cribbage, Sudoku, canoeing and swimming. She skied Tuckermans Ravine in her youth, taught her grandchildren to ski, and continued to ski until the age of 75. Bautze is survived by her five children, Francis Jeffrey Bautze, 66, of Marlborough, Suzanne Elizabeth Kellogg, 63, of Sudbury, Martha Louise Bautze, 62, of Squamish, British Columbia, Richard Eric Bautze, 61, of S. Yarmouth, and Fredric Alexander Bautze, 50, of Sudbury. She is also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Any donations in her memory may be made to the Development Office, The Pine Street Inn, at 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118.

Published in The Sudbury Town Crier from Oct. 24 to Oct. 31, 2010
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