Carol Bauer, 63 - April 16, 2013Carol A. Bauer, 63, of Cozad, formerly of Gothenburg, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the Cozad Community Hospital.
Memorial services will be conducted on Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeremy Jech officiating. A private family inurnment will take place at the Cozad Cemetery at a later date.
A visitation will be on Friday, from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church.
Bauer was born Nov. 10, 1949, at Pittsburg, KS, to James E. and Mary “Joan” (Kendall) Flesch, Sr.
Following her graduation from Gothenburg High School in 1967, she attended Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, and later Kearney State College.
On Sept. 12, 1971, she married Jim Bauer at Gothenburg. The couple resided just east of Cozad where they lived their entire married lives and raised a family.
She was employed with the Home Spun Company in Cozad for many years before eventually opening her own store, Carol’s Sewing, in 1990.
Bauer was proud to call Cozad her home and worked hard to make a difference, according to family members. She was tremendously active in the Cozad United Methodist Church where she served on the Missions Team, Witness Team and was the current lay leader. She was integral in the founding of the “Cloth ’Em” program, which grew from humble beginnings to become a much larger and ecumenical project that all of the churches in Cozad have come to participate.
She made a special effort to always have her life intertwined with God’s teachings and His word, the family said. Her faith was the focal point of her life and, as a result, her customers sometimes sought and received more than sewing when they visited her shop. She was so open with her faith that her shop was often thought of as an “extension” of the church, according to family members.
Bauer will be remembered for her faith and nurturing spirit, said the family. She was often mothering others, which was a pattern that developed early since she was one of six children. Her impact in the lives of her family will never be forgotten and her example of God’s love will serve as a lasting guide.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, James and Mary; a brother-in-law, Roger Bauer.
Survivors include: her husband, Jim Bauer of Cozad; two sons—Chad (Alicia) Bauer and Drew (Janelle) Bauer, all of Cozad; her daughter, Michelle “Shelly” (Jimmy Roberts) Bauer of Cozad; three grandchildren—Jessie Suhr and Kristine Bauer of Cozad, and Steve Roberts of Kansas; three brothers—James E. (Georgie) Flesch, Jr. of Gothenburg, Michael (Peggy) Flesch of Omaha, and Russell (Deb) Flesch of Central City; two sisters—Margaret “Marge” (George) Spencer of Brady and Virginia (Joe) Dyess of Plattsmouth; five brothers-in-law—Don (Bonnie) Bauer of Cozad, Larry (Joyce) Bauer of Lexington, Tom Bauer of Farnam, Steve (Carol) Bauer of Eddyville, and Mike Bauer of Bailey, CO; seven sisters-in-law—Phyllis (Gene) Robinson of Holdrege, Beverly (Dale) Tomasek of Omaha, Mary Bauer and Marilyn Stephens, both of Denver, Julie Tucker of Lee’s Summit, MO, Dorothy (Fred) Larson of Colorado Springs, CO, and Alice Bauer of Overton; special friend, John Zgud of Cozad; numerous other relatives.
A memorial has been established.