Gail Bauer, beloved wife of Ron Bauer, passed away peacefully after a battle with cancer at Humboldt District Hospital on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. Gail was born August 26, 1944, to Joseph and Sadie (née Miller) Engele in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Humboldt. She was the eldest of six children and spent her early years living and attending school in Carmel. Upon finishing school, Gail moved to Humboldt where she found work as a waitress. During her youth, Gail would often sing with the Clem Gelowitz band when they played at local dances in the area. On July 1, 1963, Gail married Ron Bauer at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. They settled in Humboldt where they raised their family of three boys. In 1977, Gail and Ron built Westside Bowl and eventually added two other businesses in the same building, Bauer’s Fabulous Fashions and of course, her passion, Bauer’s Creative Crafts and Hobbies. After the sale of the bowling alley in 1986, Gail continued operating her craft shop until she retired in 2004. Gail enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and quilting. She shared her beautiful, handcrafted creations with her family including countless pairs of slippers, afghans and quilts to name a few. After she was diagnosed with cancer, she and Ron graciously donated the remains of her crafting business including countless bolts of material and yarn to the Humboldt and Area Guardian Angels, where her legacy will live on. In 2004, Ron and Gail retired to their new home at Wakaw Lake where they spent many years relaxing and enjoying the slower pace of lake life and enjoying their growing family.
Gail will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 58 years, Ron Bauer; their three sons, 10 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren: Gary (Terry) Bauer and their family, Kayla (Kyle) Hanson and their son Rowan, and Kelly Bauer (Jennifer); Kyle Bauer and his family, Aaron, Sean, Brendan, Shauna, Chad, Chantel, and their families; and Corey (Holly) Bauer and their family, Rylan and Hannah. She is survived by her sisters: Diane (Larry) Felix, Ginger Unger, and Brenda Miller; her brother Craig Engele; Ron’s sisters, Bernice Nick and Irene Lueke; and by several nieces and nephews. Gail was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Sadie Engele; her parents-in-law: George Bauer and Kate (née Monz) Kulbatski; her brother and sister-in-law Clifford and Marcella Engele; brother-in-law Jack Unger; sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Gregor Strueby; and brother-in-law, Edward Nick. A Graveside Funeral Service will be held, at a later date.
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