Karen Bauer, age 57 of Thief River Falls, MN, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, April 17, 2014, peacefully at home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN, with Rev. Mark Helgeland and Rev. Ben Carlsen officiating. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls. Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Wednesday.
Karen Jean (Peterson) Bauer was born on June 27, 1956 in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of Archie and Edna (Dicken) Peterson. She was baptized and confirmed at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Karen graduated from Edison High School in 1974 in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1978, in St. Peter, MN with a degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology. In college she worked at Valley Fair Amusement Park. Her teaching career started in Plummer, MN in 1978. Karen taught there for nine years. She later taught in Thief River Falls, MN for 20 years. While teaching in Thief River, she was involved in initiating many programs that helped benefit the students and the school. Karen always felt blessed to have a job she loved doing. Her greatest passion was teaching and working with children! Karen married Clinton Bauer on July 11, 1981 at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Together they raised three children: Michael, Matthew, and Kimberly. Karen developed glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer in January 2006. At that time, she had to retire from teaching, but kept a very positive attitude and lived the rest of her life to the fullest. Karen loved spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed camping, traveling, reading and working on her paper toll art projects. Karen was a member of the Novel Women Book Club, the Hannah Unit at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Redeemer Church Council, and the Pennington County Fair Board. She also enjoyed scrapbooking. Karen enjoyed volunteering at Challenger Elementary School.
Karen is survived by her husband, Clinton; children, Michael Bauer of Aspen, CO, Matthew Bauer of Northglenn, CO, and Kimberly Bauer of Thief River Falls, MN; sister, Sandra (Michael) Fischer of Mesa, AZ; mother-in-law, JoAnn Bauer of East Grand Forks, MN; sister-in-law, Barbara (Tom) Twamley of Buxton, ND; nephews, Ivan Twamley of Buxton, ND, Patrick Fischer of Mesa, AZ; niece, Sara Twamley of Moorhead, MN; many friends, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Preceding her in death are her parents, grandparents, and her nephew, John Twamley.In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Hospice of the Red River Valley or the American Cancer Society. Condolences can be made to the family at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com