Stephen Bayer
1950 - 2017
Burnett & White Funeral Home
7461 South Broadway
Red Hook, NY
Stephen G. Bayer

Red Hook - Stephen Grant Bayer of Tivoli, NY passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Westchester Medical Center. He was born August 18, 1950 in Rhinebeck, NY the son of Walter G Bayer and Charlotte Becker Bayer Heidorn.

Steve married Mary Winkky Bayer on the ides of March in 1975 and she survives him at home. Together they raised two daughters, Megan E Hedin and Stephanie N Bayer. He is survived by siblings Wayne R Bayer, Donna M McCauley and her partner Thomas Strong and Walter G (Corky) Bayer and his wife Patti. Also surviving are nieces and nephews Amy (Matt) Mergenthaler, Danny (Whitney) Bayer, Erin Bayer, Scott (Yvette) McCauley, John(Meg) Bayer, Katie Bayer and Walter F Bayer and grandnieces/grandnephews Brianna, Myles, Adeline, Kelsey, Oliver and Channing. Steve was blessed with a large extended family and is survived by one uncle and many cousins in the Red Hook area and by two aunts and more than 100 cousins in Texas.

He was a resident of Red Hook and a graduate of Red Hook High School class of 1968. He maintained deep and lifelong friendships with many former classmates recalling and retelling their adventures and misadventures at many gatherings over the years.

His father Walter came from a large family in Texas. Steve enjoyed the relationships he maintained with his aunts, uncles and cousins there, visiting as often as he could. He was very proud to have attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas for his freshman year. He was an ardent supporter of all Aggie sports, especially football. Gig'em Aggies!! He completed his undergraduate education at SUNY Cortland.

Steve retired in 2008 from a career of teaching American History at the Onteora High School for 28 years. He treasured the rapport he developed with his students and the camaraderie with his fellow teachers.

He was a long time member of the Red Hook Boat Club. His main motivation in joining was to fish for shad in the Hudson River with his Uncle Chet Day. He built a special smoke house and developed a fine reputation for smoking shad.

Steve enjoyed being outside gardening, playing golf, camping and fishing. Favorite times with friends and family were spent in the Upper Saranac in the Adironadacks and on the shores of the Outer Banks in Nags Head, NC. He enjoyed his family and his friends and we will all miss his smile, his passion and his humor.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Home in Red Hook on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 from 3-7:00 PM. Services will be held at the funeral home at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 17th. Interment will be private and will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to organizations that Steve supported: National Park Foundation, North Carolina Aquarium Society/Jennette's Pier or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 S Broadway, Red Hook, NY.

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Published by Poughkeepsie Journal from Mar. 14 to Mar. 16, 2017.
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Mary and family, my thoughts go out to you as you remember Stephen and the beautiful memories you have of him. Saying a prayer.
Linda Soto-Cruet
March 8, 2021
Steven and I were roommates at Cortland State in 1969. I saw the news of his passing in the alumni magazine. He and I became good friends and even traveled together to Florida in 1970 in the period between college semesters. I'm so sorry to hear of his death and send my condolences to his friends and family. He was a good guy and I always enjoyed his company.
Gil Roscoe
December 19, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March 21, 2017
My deepest condolences to the family. He was a wonderful person with whom to work.
Andrea Newman-Winston
March 15, 2017
Our family reunions will never be the same without him. His love of our family's history will be sorely missed. His sense of humor and love of Texas will never be forgotten. Mary, you can rest in the knowledge that he is in the arms of our Savior along with all that have gone before us.

The Bucko's
Walter Bucko
March 15, 2017
Mary, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Let your wonderful memories carry you through.
Cindy Dates
March 15, 2017
Mary and family I'm so sorry for your loss!!! Sending love and prayers to you!!!
Linda Soto-Cruet
March 15, 2017
Hoping good memories help you through this rough time.
Sue Region
March 14, 2017
Mary and family

We are sending our prayers and heartfelt condolences.

May your memories provide comfort and may God give you peace.

Linda and Mike
Linda and Mike Launhardt
March 14, 2017
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