Betty Lou Bauer, 78, of 14 Hauber Ave., St. Marys, died Monday, Feb 4, 2013, at the Elk Regional Health Center after a brief illness.
She was born March 2, 1934, in Coal Hollow, daughter of the late Frederick and Ethel Johnston Colson. On Feb. 26, 1954, in New York, she married Richard J. "Dick" Bauer Jr., who preceded her in death on March 18, 2011.
Mrs. Bauer was a lifelong resident of the area and attended schools in Erie. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, was an avid bowler, enjoyed bingo and camping, and especially enjoyed being with her family.
She is survived by six daughters, Patty Groll (Mick) of St. Marys, Rose Geyer (Flip) of St. Marys, Elizabeth "Liz" Wholaver (Jim) of Chambersburg, April Stahl of Buffalo, N.Y., Darla Wolfel (Mike) of St. Marys, and Renee Bauer of Harrisburg; two sons, Joe Bauer of St. Marys and Mike Bauer (Tina) of St. Marys; 24 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Kalgren; and three brothers, John Colson, Frederick Colson, and Charles Colson.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Betty Lou Bauer will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Thursday, Feb. 7 at noon, with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Humane Society, 1029 East Eschbach Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com .