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Josephine Ann (JoAnn) Bauer (Wilhelm)

1935 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Josephine Ann (JoAnn) Bauer (Wilhelm) Obituary

Josephine Ann (JoAnn) Bauer (Wilhelm) passed away gently in her sleep on Sept. 18, 2014, after a 34 year battle with myleofibrosis.

JoAnn is survived by her five children Judy (Ed)Creegan, Tim (Judy) Bauer, Mary Kay (John) Della-Ratta, Christine (Tim) Cable, John (Marisa) Bauer; twelve grandchildren John, Jennifer, Andrew, Staci, Sara, Thomas, Katherine, Shannon, Brenden, Gaylie, Garrett, and Wyatt; nine great grandchildren, Cynthia, Isabel, Dominic, Cristian, Casey, Jeremy, Michael, Morgan, and Anna; three sisters, Patricia (Jim) Greer, Mary Jane (Charles) Pistner, and Leah (John) Sipe; a close sister-in-law, Dorothy (George) Guaglianone; two aunts, Genevieve Kissel, Vicky Buck, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the love of her life and closest friend, John R. Bauer, Jr. in 2007; her parents, Violet (Kissel) and Regis Wilhelm, her grandparents, Anna (Homich) and Michael Kissel, Josephine (Erich) and Henry Wilhelm.

JoAnn was born in Johnsonburg, PA on August 1, 1935 and married John R. Bauer, Jr. on October 29, 1955 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Johnsonburg, PA. JoAnn loved God and her family; and, practiced her faith at Our Lady of the Light and St Jude's Parish. Her devotion to our Blessed Mother and St Jude carried her through her times of trial and intense pain. JoAnn willingly moved with John, to many locations across the United States, to meet the obligations of his career in the U.S. Air Force and often had to raise her five children alone while John served in remote locations. JoAnn faced life's challenges by calling on God to give her strength and courage. She provided her children with a strong Christian and moral foundation on which to base their life.
She was a Special Education and Early Childhood Educator and loved working with young children. She was a patient, generous, kind, and gentle woman who loved life. She enjoyed hiking in the mountains, playing games with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, thought roughing it was camping in an RV with a microwave and full bathroom, and found beauty in the scenery around her. When asked, she would reminisce about her childhood and share her memories of her parents, sisters, and friends.
JoAnn was a long-time member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and enjoyed working on community projects and activities with her sorority sisters. She looked forward to going to daily mass, spending time with the Blessed Sacrament during Adoration, and found God's beauty in all she did.

JoAnn's life will be celebrated on Sept. 26, 2014, at Our Lady of the Light in La Luz, NM; the Rosary will start at 10:30 a.m., the Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m., and interment at St. Jude's Columbarium in Alamogordo, NM. There will be a reception at the family home, celebrating JoAnn's life following the services.
It was JoAnn's wishes that those attending wear colorful clothing. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Our Lady of the Light Building Fund.

The Bauer family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 24 to Oct. 23, 2014
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