Sister Louise Bauer, CSJ (Sister Mary Donald)
Sister Louise Bauer, CSJ (Sister Mary Donald), 85, died Monday, August 9, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, NY. Sister Louise had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 66 years.
Sister Louise was born in Utica, NY on April 16, 1925, daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth Buckley Bauer. She graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School, entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph on March 19, 1944, and professed final vows on August 15, 1950. Sister Louise received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The College of Saint Rose and completed graduate credits for permanent certification from SUNY at Oswego. Sister Louise taught for 35 years in schools in the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses. In addition, she served at St. Mary’s Home, Binghamton; The College of Saint Rose, Albany; the Religious Education Office, Utica; Mahan Gorham Manor, Elbridge; and the National Bank, Utica.
Sister Louise was a woman of deep faith and strong spirit, a determined woman who made the best of what life offered her. She was a wonderful baker, a perfectionist when it came to cranberry bread and gum-drop cookies, gifts which enhanced many a holiday gathering! Devoted to her family, her friends and her religious community, Sister Louise leaves a legacy of a life well lived in service to God’s people.
Sister Louise is survived by her beloved brother, Rev. Donald J. Bauer of Utica; by her nephews and their families: Gary Bauer of Cohoes, and Michael Bauer of Clinton; by many grandnieces and nephews and their families, with special mention of Rebecca (Becky) Kaminski of Marcy; by many friends in Utica and Kayuta Lake; and by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents, Sister Louise was predeceased by her brother, Henry C. Bauer; by her sister Margaret B. Jones; by her niece, Mary Anne Kaminski; and by many dear friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Louise’s funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday, August 11, in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds. Contributions in Sister Louise’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.