January 30, 1950 ~ November 2, 2021
Cheryl Joy Bauer (Kaatz), 71, Fargo, ND passed away on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at St. Catherine North in the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley surrounded by her family.
Cheryl was born in Britton, SD on January 30, 1950 to Emil Kaatz and Beatrice Kaatz (Sanderson). She grew up in Lake City, SD as well as Fullerton, Hankinson, and Napoleon, ND.
Cheryl graduated from Hankinson High School in 1968. Cheryl received an Associate Degree in Business from the North Dakota State College of Science in 1969 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications from Moorhead State University in 1972. She married Allen Bauer on May 27, 1972. Cheryl and Allen lived in Grand Forks, ND, Reile’s Acres, ND and Fargo, ND.
After college, Cheryl worked as a copywriter at KXJB-TV. She was a city alderman of Reile's Acres, ND from 1986 to 1992. She worked at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University. Cheryl was also employed at the Fargo Military Entrance Processing Station, Veterans Administration, U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service.
Cheryl was a member of Pontoppidan Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND where she participated in choir and hand bell choir. She was also a member of the Fargo Garden Society and Toastmasters. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, playing the piano, dancing, singing, and reading novels, particularly mysteries. Cheryl was loved and celebrated for her quick wit. Cheryl was also an open and generous person who valued learning and advocating for others.
She is survived by her children, Kara and Kevin Bauer; grandson, Kota Bauer; sisters-in-law, Rebecca Torkildson and Brenda Kowalski; nephews, Joseph Hastings, Kelly Torkildson, Jared and Lee Kowalski; nieces, Shannon Crofton, Rachelle Martini, Laura Femrite; son-in-law, John Maya; daughter-in-law, Maiko Bauer; and many cousins, dear friends and neighbors.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Allen Bauer, Fargo, ND and her parents, Beatrice and Emil Kaatz, Hankinson, ND.
A funeral service will be held at Pontoppidan Lutheran Church at 2 pm Saturday, November 6, 2021 with Pastor Nancy Monke. Visitation will be at 1 pm at Pontoppidan Lutheran Church. Burial will follow the funeral service at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Fargo.
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