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Bader, Louis G. Age 73, of Orono, passed away June 27, 2012. Beloved husband of Nyla and devoted father of Susan (Phil) Coldwell, Margaret (David) Larson, Christine Bader (Doug Hebard) and Edward Bader. Also proud grandfather of David Williams, Maddy and George Hebard. Born in St. Paul Feb. 8, 1939 to Madeline and Donald Bader, Lou was an enthusiastic Cretin H.S. alumnus. Caring and unfailingly generous, Lou treasured his family above all. His wit and charm earned him many lifelong friends. After retiring from business, Lou became a dedicated cardiac rehab volunteer at Methodist Hospital. He was passionate about golf, gardening, reading and his family connections in Ireland. Survivors also include his siblings, Tom (Brenda) Bader, Melly (Souheil) Ailabouni and Mary Bader (Joel Papa); sisters-in-law, Shirley Erickson and Muriel (Robert) Chakich; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral Mass Saturday 11 AM, St. Thomas More Church, 1065 Summit, St. Paul. Visitation at church 10 AM. Private family interment. Memorials preferred to the Terrance D. Capistrant Parkinson Center, Bethesda Hospital, St. Paul. Rettinger Funeral Home Long Lake - Orono 952-473-6954

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Published in Star Tribune from Jun. 28 to Jun. 29, 2012.
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June 24, 2020
A terrific human!! He was always kind, humble, listened with intent, and had a sense of humor and was an outstanding Christian and leader. He was an extremely balanced individual and the pride of the Cretin class of 1956. We miss you and our Tuesday class lunches. He is in heaven with his friends and many deceased classmates looking down on our struggles.
Dave Plum
David Plum
Classmate
June 23, 2020
Dave Plum
Classmate
June 22, 2020
Here we are in 2020 and still thinking of and remembering the relationships we had with Louis. It demonstrates the impact Lou had on our lives. Time cannot erase the bonds we shared with Lou and the gift he was to our individual lives. RIP Louis
Hugh McElroy
June 22, 2019
Lou was ,without a doubt, one of the finest men & classmates I had the privilege of knowing at Cretin. He was a tremendous person & truely missed by all....Terry Sullivan
Terry Sullivan
Classmate
June 22, 2019
I realize it is seven years later, but Lou had that kind of an impact that those who knew him will never forget him. To this day I think of Lou and how much he added to our Cretin class community and obviously to so many other people's lives. Lou, one by one we are coming to a reunion with you. Pray for us.
Hugh McElroy
Classmate
July 9, 2012
Maggie, I just returned to work after a week vacation, and just learned of this loss. So sorry to your entire family. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Take care. Robbyn Shiell
Robbyn Shiell
July 5, 2012
Nyla and family: We were out of town and I wish news traveled faster. Just returned but had to let you know, just as the Cretin boys loved and respected Lou, so did this De La Salle family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Kent, Roberta and Julie Evans
July 3, 2012
MARY--MANY THANKS FOR THE NICE NOTE & THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A FEW COMMENTS AT O'GARAS.THE IRISH QUOTE IS "IN PARTING WE WILL MEET AGAIN"-I'M NOT SURE HOW TO WRITE IT IN GALIC,BUT I HAVE AN IRISH PRIEST FRIEND & I'LL HAVE HIM WRITE IT DOWN FOR ME--SEND ME YOUR E-MAIL SO I CAN GET IT TO YOU--TERRY SULLIVAN
June 30, 2012
My sincere sympathy. Lou was a Cretin classmate and although I moved from St Paul our sophomore year, he was a classmate to remember. All my prayers
Gordon Flygare, Norman, OK
Gordon Flygare
June 30, 2012
Nyla and Family,

We are deeply saddened by Louie's passing. He was the unmistaken leader of the larger Bader family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Vic Moore and Martha Christensen
Vic and Martha
June 30, 2012
A tremendous vacuum has been created in our Cretin community (class of '56). Louie was always a generous, friendly and absolutely likable human. Condolences and prayers to the family.
Dave Plum class of '56
Dave Plum
June 30, 2012

June 29. 2012

Nyla and Family,

Jacque and I offer our deepest sympathies on Louie 's passing.

Two days ago I lost a dear friend. To say merely" I'll miss him" seems to somehow, trivialize our friendship. In the midst of the memories and emotions, that I felt upon hearing of his death, I feft anger that I was not going to say a proper "good by" because "like a thief in the night"this opportunity was snatched from me. Sometimes rational thoughts seem devoid of all feeling and do not feel genuine.

I recall first meeting, when we, as Cretin freshmen, shared the "hot hitch-hiking" corner of Lexington and Randolph with Maxie.We flirted with the Monroe Girls as they came by our corner. The best looking beauty wth flashing eyes turned out to be Nyla. Her eyes were only for louie ...and the rest is history. Indeed Lou was lucky in love , cards and life.

Jacque and I marveled at his keen wit and remarkable memory, the latter a result of a genuine interest in people.

Despite being ravaged by serious coronary heart disease he enjoyed a good quality of life
through a good atitudude and diciplined exercise and dietary habits.

His attitude toward illness was demonstrated to me when following a social lunch he asked me my opinion about a few symptoms he was having. I told him he had Parkinson's disease. When we walked out to our cars he said " Straino, where in my list of health problems does this one rank"

Louis was single-handedly responsible for kindling many old and new
friendships with Cretin H.S. as the common denominator.

He was one of a kind and irreplaceable.

Terry & Jacque Capistrant
June 29, 2012












Nyla and Family,

Jacque and I offer our deepest sympathies on Louie 's passing.

Two days ago I lost a dear friend. To say merely" I'll miss him" seems to somehow, trivialize our friendship. In the midst of the memories and emotions, that I felt upon hearing of his death, I feft anger that I was not going to say a proper "good by" because "like a thief in the night"this opportunity was snatched from me. Sometimes rational thoughts seem devoid of all feeling and do not feel genuine.

I recall first meeting, when we, as Cretin freshmen, shared the "hot hitch-hiking" corner of Lexington and Randolph with Maxie.We flirted with the Monroe Girls as they came by our corner. The best looking beauty wth flashing eyes turned out to be Nyla. Her eyes were only for louie ...and the rest is history. Indeed Lou was lucky in love , cards and life.

Jacque and I marveled his at his keen wit and remarkable memory, a result of a genuine interest in people.

Despite being ravaged by serious coronary heart disease he enjoyed a good quality of life.

His attitude toward illness was demonstrated to me when following a social lunch he asked me my opinion about a few symptoms he was having. I told him he had Parkinson's disease. When we walked out to our cars he said " Straino, where in my list of health problems does this one rank"

Louis was single-handedly responsible for kindling many old and new
friendships with Cretin H.S. as the common denominator.

Terry & Jacque Capistrant
June 29, 2012
To Nyla and all so sorry for your loss ,a pure gentleman and will always be fondly remembered here in Ireland
Breda,Ann Marie and Noel
June 29, 2012
NILA--I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW SHOCKED WE WE'RE OVER YOUR LOSS & HIS PASSING, HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND & A TERRIFIC CLASSMATE . LOU WAS TRUELY THE HEART & SOUL OF OUR CLASS-HE WAS LOVED BY EVERONE...I KNOW HE & YOUR FAMILY WILL BE IN ALL OUR PRAYERS----TERRY & MARY
TERRY & MARY SULLIVAN
June 29, 2012
So sorry to hear of our cousins death.
WE remember all the fun times at Uncle Don and Aunt Ruths place. I have talked to Madeline on the phone a couple of time. WE assume she is still
living and our sympathies are expressed to her.
Bud & Shirley Chrest
June 29, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. I never met Lou but he must of been one great man to have raised such an awesome daughter, Maggie who I worked with. I will keep you in my prayers.
Suzanne Percoskie
June 29, 2012
Dear Bader Family,
Lou was a very special classmate at Cretin High School. He was known as "Mr School Spirit" and "The Great Organizer", both very accurate descriptions of this wonderful friend. I first remember meeting him in our first year in high school in 1952, but I believe we discussed that we were classmates at St Luke's Grade School(now Wm Mitchell College of law) back in kindergarten and first grade in the early 1940's. Lou will be in my prayers.
Chuck Goble, Cretin 1956
June 29, 2012
To all the dear Bader Family, who lived just across the street on Dupont Avenue in Minneapolis,
Our family has many great memories especially our block parties at which Lou would notoriously grilled corn on the cob. He would always great our little Linda as she would say "Hi Mr. Bader" from her bedroom window as he got into his car. Those 4th of July fireworks Scott reminded me today as being very memorable as a kid. God bless you all during this sad and difficult time. Our whole family will be praying for you.
Sincerely, Vic & Dorothy Harvath and family
Vic & Dorothy Harvath
June 29, 2012
Dear Nyla and family:

My condolences on the death of Louie. What a man! Really - the leader of our Cretin class of 56. It was an honor to have known and been a friend of Louie and for this relationship I am grateful.

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God! Louie is there -in the presence of God. Louie no longer has to remember.

Take care. See you tomorrow.
Tony Roszak
June 29, 2012
Lou and friends--about 1956
A picture of Lou and friends--about 1956. Charlie Bisanz
Charlie Bisanz
June 29, 2012
Hi Maggie,
I am so sorry re: the loss of your dad, knowing how close you and Davie were with him all of these years. I am out of town this weekend unfortunately so will miss the service but will try to set up lunch in the near future. I know your dad will be missed greatly. Sincerely, Mary Zika
June 29, 2012
laughter and lessons
Nyla, Sue, Maggi, Tina and Ed and the rest of the clan,

I'm so sorry for the pain and sadness you are all feeling. Lou's many gifts earned him the respect and admiration of many and I count myself one. Of those gifts, it is his wit and dry sense of humor I will miss most.

Some of you may remember the time I left my wooden toboggan in your front yard for an entire winter. When spring came, Lou secretly stored it for me in your garage. The next winter I finally came to collect it. In an apologetic and serious tone dripping with regret, Lou informed me that he'd been forced to use if for kindling wood during the long winter. Seems a bad storm had knocked out the heat and he had to stave of hypothermia and save his family. As my eyes got wider and I started to stammer, he burst out laughing! Don't leave the things you care about lying around or you might lose them. Lesson learned.

I'm eternally grateful for the laughter, lessons, second chances and benefit of the doubt he gave me and the rest of Ed's hooligan friends growing up. Doing the same for my own sons and their friends is how I will honor the man.

Sláinte Lou...and thank you.

Paul Kasbohm and family
June 29, 2012
Dear Bader family,
A great loss for all of you and a great loss for Lou's Cretin classmates. He was our school spirit and the coordinator of everything we as a class did. What a wonderful guy to be with. He was a treasure. May he join the saints and live in joy and peace.
Hugh McElroy
June 29, 2012
Cretin High School Homecoming abt 1955
Dear Nyla, Susie, Maggie, Tina and Ed, and family,
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Lou/your father. I met Louie at Cretin High School in 1952. With his sense of humor and outgoing personality, Louie was a friend "magnet". I have treasured our frienship over the next 59 years right up to the last time we had lunch together a few weeks ago. He as usual was talking about his his beloved Nyla and you--his children--he loved you all. He also talked about his deep commitment to his volunteer work. I am still acutely aware of Lou's presence--the twinkle in his eye, the self-depricating sense of humor, his deep caring and love for family and friend. I love you Lou. I will miss our lunches and talks. Peace and love. Charlie and Denise Bisanz
Charlie Bisanz
June 29, 2012
I'm so sorry for your loss, yet so happy I had the chance to know Lou. I first met Lou in 1986, and he made an indelible impression on me from that moment. He made me feel like family which says so much as it was palpable how deeply he loved and cared for his. I deeply regret I cannot be there for the service, but hope these words in some part assuage your grief and your family is able to celebrate this wonderful mans life. Eddie, keep your chin up and tell Nyla and your family your all in my prayers. May God bless you all. Cheers Lou!
June 29, 2012
What a wonderful guy. He will surely be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with Louie and his family.
Bob & Mary Peteson
June 29, 2012
Lou was a good man and generous to all. We will all miss him.
Mike Eggleston
June 28, 2012
Dear Louie Bader Family

I am so sorry for your loss. Louie sat behind me at Cretin for 4 yrs and we had more laughs and fun with this wonderful,kind and thoughtful person.He is in my prayers.

Tom Alexander and family
June 28, 2012
Nila & Family,
We are in shock and so sorry for your loss. We will always remember our lunch with you, Louie, Toody and Danny just three weeks ago. We will keep you in our prayers and always remember Louie.
Joyce & Gary Conoryea
June 28, 2012
Dear Family of Mr. Bader,

I am so very sorry for your profound loss. You are a good family and I am very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you and Mr. Bader at this very difficult time.

Ellen Olmscheid
June 28, 2012
Dear Nyla, Susie, Maggie, Tina and Ed, and family,
You have all been so close to me and Casey for so many, many years. We loved Louie/your Dad so much. He was such a faithful friend. Having just seen him at my birthday party less than three weeks ago, and in such apparent good health and spirits, I was shocked when Ed called with such tragic news. Please accept Casey's and my deepest sympathy on the loss of this larger than life friend, your husband and father. You and Louie will be in our prayers constantly. Bill
Bill Warren
June 28, 2012
Dear Bader family,
My sincerest condolences in the passing of your husband and father. I have such great memories of him; he was a great guy! Take care, Katie Dolan Estlie
June 28, 2012
Dear Bader Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss.I always enjoyed Lou's visits to the boat store and the fun times at Taylor's Falls.
Dan Dolan & Family
Dan Dolan
June 28, 2012
Dear Nyla and Family,

Our deepest sympathy on Louie's passing. He was a true gentleman, kind and considerate always, and we treasure the times we all shared together. We shall miss him.
Charles and Connie Trump
June 28, 2012
With our deepest sympathy, love, and prayers...Uncle Louie. In the days to come, we will all be together again. You and the Angels will lead the way.
Mary and Mark Dickens, Meredith and Travis Graham
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