Martha Bauer, age 81

GRANGEVILLE: Martha Bauer, age 81, died peacefully December 10, 2005 at Syringa General Hospital from complications of cancer.

She was born in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany to Karl and Rosa Bauer on March 21, 1924. Martha spent the first twelve years of her life in her mother country. In 1936, she immigrated to the United States with her parents; specifically to Nezperce where her father was to assist an aging uncle who was no longer able to care for his farm and had requested help from his family in Germany.

Martha spent her remaining school years in Nezperce, forming life-long friendships with her classmates and participating in the high school choir. Once she completed high school, Martha worked at several odd jobs before taking employment with the Idaho Free Press as a typesetter—an unusual position for a woman during that time (1945-1973). Upon her retirement from the Free Press, Martha worked for Josef’s bakery for the next five years.

Martha enjoyed her career with the Free Press, which was a catalyst for two of her favorite hobbies—photography and writing. She spent her free time and vacations traveling in Idaho and surrounding states to take advantage of various photographic settings. Martha completed writing her life’s memoirs before she went to rest in the Lord. She was also passionate about music. She received vocal training in Germany during her early years, sang in choirs there, in Nezperce, and concluded her musical calling with the Camas Choristers.

On April 6, 1996, Martha professed a new love for God and was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist church. Through the years she was a cherished part of her Grangeville church family. Among the many responsibilities she accepted, she was diligent in sending birthday and anniversary greetings to each church member, whom she considered her family and was thought of likewise. Martha was a precious delight to all who knew her.

Martha is survived by her cousins; Bruno Bauer, Kurt Kessler, and Rita Neubert, all residents of Germany.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville with Pastor Dan Cole officiating. Internment will be at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Cemetery at Nezperce. Memorial contributions may be made to Syringa General Hospital Hospice or to the Grangeville Senior Citizens Meals on Wheels program. Send condolences to family at Blackmerfuneralhome.com

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