Alta M. Bauer

September 30, 1919August 18, 2011

Alta M. Bauer,91, of Lyme, died on August 18, 2011, at Fairview Nursing Home in Groton where she was a short time resident. She was born on September 30, 1919 in Old Saybrook, the daughter of Leon Miller and Sophia Snow Miller. Mrs. Bauer was the widow of Royal C. Bauer. She was a member of the Lyme Grange and and associate member Grassy Hill Congregational Church and a member of the Church By The Sea, Madeira Beach, FL. She was a lifelong artist, sculptress and craftperson. She is survived by her sons Joseph Bauer and his wife Judy of Griswold, John Bauer of Lyme and Wilfred Bannister of Brooksville, FL; her daughters Jacolyn Shepard of Lyme and Leone Pinto of Brooksville, FL, and numerous grandchldren. She was predeceased by her son James Bauer and her siblings, Jack, Ray and Ruth. A funeral service will be held tomorrow, Saturday at 10am in Grassy Hill Congregational Church, Grassy Hill Rd., Lyme. Burial will follow in Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme. To sign the on line guest book visit


  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 20, 2011

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Dave Dahl

August 23, 2011

Condolences to you and your family in this time of grief. May the memories of your mother be forever cherished.

ellie sutton

August 20, 2011

jackie,john,joe and rest of bauer family,my thoughts and prayers are with you,you had a wonderful mother.i know what you must have gone through at the end as my mom also died of it-memory loss is such a terriable thing.she was so active in church and remember the wonderful movies she made.wish the church had shown them again.things were different then and had active sunday school and youth group and remember you boys and mine and carl,ernest,john rizzo ect all having such a great time well as you,re brother jim and my son bobby.death can not take away memories'john i'm glad you came home in time-was a wonderful service-i know you're mother is pleased and such a beautiful day to honor her. ellie sutton

Paul and Paula Neves

August 20, 2011

Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I know you and your family will share many cherished memories of your mother.

Patricia Neal

August 19, 2011

My condolences and heartfelt sympathy to your family on the passing of your mother.

The Cordeau Family

August 19, 2011

May the Lord watch over you and console you in this time of sorrow and pain.

(-=< Ray Hamilton >=-)

August 19, 2011

Dear Joe, Judy, and the entire Bauer Family,

I’ve worked over the years with Joe on a few projects, and always enjoyed our encounters; have lost both parents myself and know, all too well, the very special loss!

Understanding the hole left behind, regardless the inevitability or forewarning, pray this helps some wee allow...enable…the grief! So truly sorry to hear about your mom. At least now she’s at peace with our Lord…definitely keepin’ y’all in my prayers!

When my mother died, even after a years-long battle with cancer, I was shattered by the loss…inconsolable…she was my mentor! I like to think that I got my character from my father, but my mind and its capacity from m’dear sainted mother!!! BUT, "If your faith assures you she's in heaven, then what are the tears all about?!?" I hold eternity dearly close...a cherished, hard-won prize...but, in the interim, that answer lies below.

(I Eulogize My Beloved Mother - March, 1989)

Today we cry...must admit they're selfish tears.
You see...our faith assures your journey's done.
But it's not for you we mourn, at all, my dear;
It's for those of us you've left behind...alone!!!

We share your joy...share your happiness at rest,
Your painful fears now for forever stilled.
You've fought the good fight, passed the final test,
But you've left behind a hole that can't be filled!!!

So, until we each rejoin you some someday,
And, while your memory buoys us through those years,
We'll miss you...but continue on our way,
And, from time to time, we'll cry our selfish tears!!!

Ray Hamilton (c) March 19, 1989

My sincerest condolences and prayers,


August 19, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.