Elsie Helen Bauer, 92, former longtime St. Anthony Park resident, died peacefully at her home in Roseville on Nov. 28.
Elsie was born Feb. 15, 1920, in Wakefield, Mich. She was the daughter of Finnish immigrants who came as teenagers to the United States.
Following high school, Elsie went to Chicago and earned a nursing degree. She married Edwin John Bauer in 1943. Ed and Elsie moved to St. Paul and lived for 42 years on Chelmsford Street in St. Anthony Park.
Elsie was a talented seamstress and tailor, loved languages, music, fashion and design. She was active in the community and in church life. She volunteered for KTCA, served as a leader in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, tutored at St. Anthony Park Elementary School, taught Sunday school and was a member of the Quilters at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church.
Elsie also worked as a home-care nurse for close neighbors. Ed and Elsie moved to a townhome in Roseville in 1996. After Ed’s death in 2004, Elsie remained active with gardening, traveling, quilting and staying involved with her family.
She is survived by her children, John, Mark (Chiya), Leslie (Leland) Whitney, Paul (Catherine Brandel) and Laurie Bauer; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her funeral service was held Dec. 3 at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, with interment at Roselawn Cemetery.