2016-09-29 / Obituaries

Dorothy Bauer

Dorothy (Dorothea) Bauer was born on April 19, 1916 in Leeds Center, Wisc., to parents August and Ida Inselmann and passed away on Sept. 18, 2016 in Modesto.

She was one of eight children working and living on the family dairy farm where she was born. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and in 1974 her beloved husband George.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

As a child, Dorothy was a hard worker and loved the farm life. When World War II came, she joined the ranks of women working at men’s jobs. At her mother’s urging, when her youngest brother decided to go to California, Dorothy came with him. They settled in Modesto where Dorothy found employment as an elevator operator in the Beatty Building.

Valley allergies bothered her so she and her brother drove to see her family friend Edith Turner. While there she visited Roy’s Café for a strawberry milkshake and her future husband walked in the door. The couple married on Sept. 2, 1950 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lodi. The young couple made their home in Hornitos where they would spend the rest of the lives.

During her 70 years in the community, Dorothy was very busy. Although not blessed with children, she enjoyed being with children very much and volunteered at Mariposa’s Methodist Church’s Time Out Program for women who needed baby sitters. She also worked as a custodian at the Hornitos Elementary School. Dorothy volunteered at the Senior Center and received a Senior Volunteer of the Year Award from the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors a few years ago.

She was also honored by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors on her 100th birthday last May. Dorothy loved to cook and she was known for her special rolls and cookies. She was the spirit of the Hornitos Patrons Club, participating in all the community functions. At the annual Enchilada Dinner, she helped make the coleslaw dressing and took care of heating all the garlic bread, the last time at the age of 99.

Dorothy had a mind like a steel trap and any time the club needed a history lesson, she was quick to provide the information. Dorothy enjoyed spending holidays with Ray and Tricia Trabucco. Fiercely independent, she lived alone in her house on the hill in Hornitos until she recently became ill. Dorothy will be missed by the community of Hornitos, the members of the Hornitos Patrons Club and all those who were lucky enough to share in her wit and sense of humor.

A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 in the Stag Hall in Hornitos, Calif. A lunch will be provided by the Hornitos Patrons Club. In lieu of flowers, Dorothy asked donations be made either to the Hornitos Patrons Club or to St. Catherine’s Cemetery Fund at P.O. Box 341, Hornitos, CA 95325.

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It is hard to imagine

It is hard to imagine Hornitos without Dorothy Bauer. She was a wonderful person!

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