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Helen Bauer

December 01, 1926 - November 30, 2012


5-7:00 P.M. Monday, December 3, 2012 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

9:30-10:30 A.M. Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Moorhead MN.

Prayer Service:

7:00 P.M. Monday, December 3, 2012 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

10:30 A.M. Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Moorhead MN.


2:30 P.M. Tuesday, December 4, 2012 in Valley City N.D.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Helen Bauer

December 01, 1926 - November 30, 2012


Helen Elaine Bauer, 85, passed away Friday, November 30, 2012 at Eventide, Moorhead.

Helen was born to Emmett and Elsie (Knittel) Gant on December 1, 1926 in Redfield, Iowa. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy, Sioux City, Iowa.  Helen then went to work for Western Union in Washington, D.C., New York City, California, and Michigan.  Helen married Walter Bauer on September 25, 1948 in Sioux City, IA. The couple lived briefly in Vermilion, Sioux Falls, Huron, and Lemmon, SD, respectively, before making their home and raising their nine children in Valley City, ND from 1957 until 2004. They then moved to the Eventide Senior Living Communities, Moorhead, MN, where Walter still resides.

Helen was an active member of St. Catherine’s Church, Valley City, for many years.  She enjoyed playing many games with her family, reading, gardening, and watching old movies.  Helen was rarely seen without a smile, and she found joy in everything she did. 

She is survived by her husband, Walter, Moorhead; her children, Jo Marie (Larry) Astrup, Fargo, Jean Donahue, Fargo, Jan Flanery, Odenton, MD, John Bauer, St. Paul, MN, Judy Bauer (Eugene Pfleger), Bismarck, ND, Jerome ‘Pete’ (Kim) Bauer, Fargo, Jennifer (David) Stowell, San Diego, CA, and Jane (Michael) Longtin, Mandan, ND; 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  Helen was preceded in death by her son, James; her brothers, John and Danny; her sisters, Lorraine and Betty; her granddaughter, Megan; and her parents.


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  1. Christl (Hill) Durand says:

    Hoople ND
    Oh how I wished I would have heard about Helen’s passing earlier. I would have loved to have been there for her celebration of life and to see the whole family again. Your mother made an impression on so many with her kindness, great sense of humor and complete acceptance of people just for who they were. For all the time I spent around the family, I was always in awe of how she loved each of you so much and saw each of your God given gifts and reminded you of them often. Helen always made me feel special and welcomed, even when she’d be hollering down to the basement that Pete and I should come up and play a game or something 🙂
    Always remember, as I know you already know, you were so fortunate to have Helen as your mother, your rock, your moral compass…She has gifted you with her joy, strength and faith! God Bless her soul! I am so grateful to God for placing her in my life.

  2. Lynn Lombard (Bauer) says:

    Bloomington MN
    Dear Uncle Walt and family
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Aunt Helen was a beautiful, loving lady with a great sense of humor.
    I bet she is up there still trying to learn more German.
    May she rest in peace.
    All my love to you

  3. Allegra Sorensen says:

    Omaha neI am so sorry to hear about aunt Helen I will alway remember her happy and nice smile and her caring ways may she rest in peace Allegra

  4. Mary Killoran Miller says:

    Minnetonka MN
    Jan and Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a very nice lady and whenever I think of her, it is always with a smile on her face. Cherish the memories. Mary

  5. Dennis Klinkhammer says:

    Albany MN
    Helen Rest in Peace. You where a kind person. I will miss you. I enjoyed the great times at your home. You always treated me as family. Pete sorry to hear about your Mom. I just figured it out when Gayle called me. If I had know earlier I would have made it tonight. Again my thoughts are with Walt and your family.

  6. Dan Aasmundstad says:

    Anchorage AlaskaWalt, John and rest of family – you are all in my thoughts and prayers – Helen was one of the strongest women I have ever known. Since I got to know Helen when John and I were teammates in sports together she always brought a smile to my face, heart and soul because of here strength, her dedication to her children and Walt, and happy go lucky attitude and kind heart. Always have had utmost respect for Helen and will remember her in a grand way for the rest of my life. I am honored to have been a part of Helen’s life.

  7. Lisa Hunder (Bauer) says:

    Stacy MN
    May Helen rest in peace. I remember her being full of fun, having a great sense of humor and true, always with a smile.

    It has been many years since I’ve seen her but it seems like yesterday in my mind’s eye!

    Blessing to you all my cousins and Uncle Walt.

    Your cousin,

    Lisa Hunder (Bauer)

  8. Ken & Diane Rasmusson says:

    Valley City ND
    Walt and Bauer Family, Please accept our sympathy in the passing of Helen. She was a very nice lady , always had a smile on her face. Our thoughts and prays are with you at this difficult time.

    Your neighbors in Valley City
    Ken & Diane Rasmusson

  9. Joyce McDowall says:

    Bismarck ND
    Dear Jane, family and other family members:
    Those of us at the Diocese offer our condolences and sympathy in the loss of your mother. As the statement in the obituary says ‘Helen was rarely seen without a smile’, and that is how Jane is as her daughter.

    God’s peace in the loss of your mother,


  10. Joan Studebaker says:

    Casa Grande ArizonaMy deepest sympathy to the family of Helen Bauer, I will always remember her smile, she was always happy and put her family first. I worked with her husband Walter and daughter Judy at 1st National Bank and whenever Helen came in she was so friendly and always smiling. Rest in peace Dear Lady, you are in my prayers. Joan

  11. Glenda Meidinger Hurley says:

    Litchville ND
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family.
    All our sympathy,
    Pat and Glenda Hurley

  12. Patricia Holm Johnson says:

    Valley City ND
    To Jo Marie and all the Bauer family-
    Your mom was such a great person. I remember going to your house many times. She had an amazing smile and a good heart. I know you will miss her as much as I miss my mom especially at this time of the year.
    It is consoling that Jesus has told us that we will all rise on the last day and we will be reunited. My love to all of you and you will be in my prayers.

  13. David and Paulette Bauer says:

    Williston North Dakota
    Helen was a great lady. Lot of good memories of her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    David and Paulette Bauer

  14. mary miller says:

    det. mi.Please accept my condolences. May it help you to know that John 5:28-29 says: “All those in the memorial tombs will hear his (Jesus) voice and come out”, so soon you may see Helen again, doing what she loved and you enjoying her again.

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