MARVIN E. BAUERNFEIND
Marvin E. Bauernfeind, age 84, of Faribault, died on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at St. Lucas Care Center, Faribault.
Memorial services will be held at St. Lukeís Church, Faribault, on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 10 a.m. with the Reverend Aaron Brockmeier officiating. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault, with veteranís military rites provided by Central Veterans Association.
Memorial visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Wednesday, May 19th from 3 to 7 p.m. and also at the church for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
Marvin E., the son of Arthur H. and Elsie A. (Neumann) Bauernfeind, was born on December 22, 1925 in Nerstrand. He grew up on the family farm in Wheeling Township. He attended country school and joined the US Navy in December 1944. He took basic training at the U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Salt Lakes, IL, the U.S. Naval Air Station, Memphis, TN and the U.S. Naval Training Center, Newport, RI. He boarded the U.S.S. Hooper Island A.R.G. 17 on July 13, 1945 at the Commissioning Ceremony. The ship arrived in Sasebo, Japan on November 9, 1945 to serve the occupation forces. Marvin served as an Electronics Mate and left Japan on July 1, 1946. He was honorably discharged on August 20, 1946.
On August 14, 1948 he married Betty Jane Bauer, daughter of Chris and Violet Bauer, at St. Lukeís United Church of Christ, Faribault. Betty preceded him in death on September 16, 2009.
Marvin enjoyed working in the Sheet Metal and Roofing trade for E.B. Roedecker & Son and at Bauernfeind & Goedtel for a total of 30 years. He served on the Cannon City School Board for 14 years and the Cannon City Town Board for four years. He was active on the St. Lukeís Church Council and various committees for over 33 years. Marvin was an Unsung Hero of the Faribault Daily News for volunteering his time at area nursing homes for 35 years and he was known as the "Candy Man." He also enjoyed woodworking and playing the concertina.
He is survived by four children, Kathie (and Stanley) Hanson of Faribault, Linda Nelson of Faribault, Susan (and Samuel) Rollins of Northfield and Mark Bauernfeind of Faribault; seven grandchildren, Nathan Hanson (and friend, Kristi Kodada), Jill (and Travis) Molitor, Stacy Nelson, Kevin Nelson, Jamie Rollins, Cari Bauernfeind and Aaron Bauernfeind; four great grandchildren, Ashley and Kylie Molitor, Nash Doucette and Marisa Parkos; one brother, Wilmer (and Helen) Bauernfeind of Nerstrand; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty; a stillborn son; a son in law, Donald Nelson; four sisters, Esther, Selma, Alma and Ruby; and one brother, Merlin.
Memorial gifts may be directed to St. Lukeís Memorial Fund or the donorís choice.
Marvin was a great help to my grandparents in many ways, especially my grandmother, Selma Buchta, over the years. He continued his kind ways by helping my mother, Ardelles McGehee, to keep up with things in Minnesota. When I visited Minnesota he was always able to find time to visit with me and provide hospitality. His death will be felt all the way to California. My condolences to the family, Pam Neil
The shockingly sad news of the passing of my very favorite Uncle Marv came while I am here, in Surprise, AZ, with my loving husband Ed. The rest of my side of the family, my brother David Duane Bauer and his wife Brenda, sons Christopher and Shane and daughter Lauren, are still in central Pennsylvania. My sobbing stopped eventually when I realized that at least Uncle Marv did not linger the way Aunt Betty did. As I type this, it is with tears of sadness and happiness-and laughter!-because of thinking of Betty and Marv and my folks, Betty and Duane D. Bauer, all together again. There has always been a bond between our families, with us traveling from PA to MN every summer, and them visiting PA. Linda Nelson is the sister I never had. We were born 6 days apart at the end of June 1952 and just last night spent over 90 minutes on the phone talking about things not even related to the funeral. Before he died, I could yap away with ease to Linda's husband Don Nelson, too. Our brothers Mark and David were both born in '57; they too would be as close if they didn't work so hard. To Kathie, Susie & Sam, all of your children and grandchildren and anyone I've forgotten, we celebrate your Dad's life with you and only wish that we could be there not only in hearts and minds, but in person, but that would be pretty impossible since we leave for Erie, PA in less than 48 hours. We love you all! Peggy and Ed Christy