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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  1. Kevin and Kara,
    So sorry for your loss. I know in my heart that she is with Alan now and him and her are smiling down on you both. She was a wonderful lady. Thank you for letting us get to know her.
    Take care
    Sandy Phillips

  2. Dear Kara & Kevin,
    Your mom was my very first dormitory room mate and my first friend when I came to the United States to study at Moorhead State college. Our lasting friendship was very valuable to me and I feel very lucky to have known your mom & dad. Your mom’s witty letters often kept me laughing trying to imagine what she described. I will miss her humors and gentle ways in telling her views…. Hope we can stay closer and share more of your mom’s fond memories. Love, Juli

  3. Kara and Kevin, I’m so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. Her struggles with dementia is over and she can be at peace and with your dad now. Cherish the good memories, your parents are with you in heart. Peace and prayers to you both. Im glad to have known you all and appreciate the friendship.
    Elizabeth Jung

  4. We were sad to see the news of Cheryl’s passing. We worked with Cheryl at the Internal Revenue Service. I always enjoyed our visits. She had a real knack for making me laugh. I loved her attitude! Sadly, after leaving the Fargo office we lost touch. Our condolences to all of you.

  5. Rest In Peace Cheryl Bauer. “Go rest high on that mountain, your work on Earth is done”. And my sincere condolences to the Bauer family. Cheryl and I worked together with the Internal Revenue Service.

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