Florence R. Bauman
Florence R. Bauman, 94, of Rochester, formerly of Kewanna, passed away peacefully at 12:05 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Wynnfield Crossing.
Born on Aug. 17, 1924, in Winamac, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Mary (Grindle) Braun. On June 11, 1943, she married Paul E. Bauman Sr. He preceded her in death on Aug. 3, 2002.
She was a 1942 Winamac High School graduate. During her high school years, she played the flugelhorn in the marching band. She loved to sing and play harmonica.
Florence was a dedicated farmwife. She helped her husband Paul with all the chores around the farm, including fieldwork. She was in the field at planting time, helped bale hay and straw and drove trucks to the grain elevator at harvest time. She also helped with the beef cattle and hogs. Florence always planted a huge garden to help feed her family and was well known for her abundant crop of tomatoes. She canned the bounty of food to be consumed the entire year. She raised fryer chickens and laying hens and sold eggs. Her farm raised turkeys that were sought for holiday gatherings.
She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church where she served as chairman on several occasions at their fundraising fish frys and was an avid member of the Rosary Society. She was a longtime member of the Twentieth Century Home Extension Club. She was an avid supporter of the Caston Band Booster Club and helped with their fish fry fundraisers also.
Survivors include her sons: Fred [Almeta Ann] Bauman of Rochester, Jim [Carol] Bauman of Kewanna, Cletus Bauman of Galveston and Donald [Lois Ann] Bauman of Rochester; daughters: Julia [Gary] Kline of Kewanna and Janece [Bruce] Warner of Talma; daughter-in-law Vivian Bauman of Kewanna; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her son Paul E. Bauman Jr.; sisters: Agnes Nicholas and Barbara Ferguson; and brothers: Clement Braun and Herman Braun.
Visitation was 4-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home & Crematory, Kewanna Chapel. Mass of Christian burial was at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Kewanna. Father Mike McKinney officiated. Burial was at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, Winamac.
Memorial contributions may be made to Manitou Training Center and/or Grass Creek Lions Club.
Sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence for the Bauman family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.
(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 5, 2018)