Cozad Resident: Carol Bauer, age 63 (1949-2013)

Carol Bauer, 63, of Cozad, died on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, at the Cozad Community Hospital.

Carol was born November 10th, 1949, at Pittsburg, Kansas, to James E. and Mary “Joan” (Kendall) Flesch, Sr. Following her graduation from Gothenburg High School in 1967 she attended Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, Nebraska and later, Kearney State College.  

Carol married Jim Bauer on September 12th, 1971, at Gothenburg. The couple made their home just east of Cozad where they lived their entire married lives and raised their family. Carol worked for the Home Spun Company in Cozad for many years before eventually opening her own store, Carol’s Sewing, in 1990.   

Carol was proud to call Cozad her home and worked hard to make a difference. She was tremendously active in the Cozad United Methodist Church, where she served on the Missions Team, Witness Team and was the current Lay Leader. She was integral in the founding of the “Cloth ‘Em” program, which grew from humble beginnings to become a much larger and ecumenical project that all of the churches in Cozad have come to participate in. Carol made a special effort to always have her life intertwined with God’s teachings and his word. Her faith was the focal point of her life and as a result, her customers sometimes sought and received more than sewing when they visited her shop. Carol was so open with her faith that her shop was often thought of as an “extension” of the church.  

Carol will be remembered for her faith and nurturing spirit. She was often mothering others, which was a pattern that developed early since she was one of six children. Carol’s impact in the lives of her family will never be forgotten, her example of God’s love will serve as a lasting guide.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Roger Bauer.

Carol is survived by her husband, Jim Bauer of Cozad; two sons, Chad (Alicia) Bauer and Drew (Janelle) Bauer, all of Cozad; daughter, Michelle “Shelly” (Jimmy Roberts) Bauer of Cozad; three grandchildren, Jessie Suhr and Kristine Bauer of Cozad and Steve Roberts of Kansas; three brothers, James E. (Georgie) Flesch, Jr. of Gothenburg, Nebraska, Michael (Peggy) Flesch of Omaha, Nebraska, Russell (Deb) Flesch of Central City, Nebraska; two sisters, Margaret “Marge” (George) Spencer of Brady, Nebraska, Virginia (Joe) Dyess of Plattsmouth, Nebraska; five brothers-in-law, Don (Bonnie) Bauer of Cozad, Larry (Joyce) Bauer of Lexington, Tom Bauer of Farnam, Nebraska, Steve (Carol) Bauer of Eddyville, Nebraska, Mike Bauer of Bailey, Colorado; seven sisters-in-law, Phyllis (Gene) Robinson of Holdrege, Nebraska, Beverly (Dale) Tomasek of Omaha, Nebraska; Mary Bauer of Denver, Colorado, Julie Tucker of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Dorothy (Fred) Larson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Marilyn Stephens of Denver, Alice Bauer of Overton, Nebraska; a special friend, John Zgud of Cozad; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 20th, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church with Pastor Jeremy Jech officiating.

A private family inurnment will be held in the Cozad Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be on Friday, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cozad United Methodist Church.
A memorial has been established in her memory.

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