Funeral services for Veda Bauer, 90 year old long time Buffalo resident who passed away early Wednesday morning at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Saturday, March 31st at 2:00 p.m. from the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo with Reverend John Bell officiating. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with military graveside services to follow the funeral for both Veda and Henry Bauer. Donations may be made to the Amie Holt Care Center in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 Adams in Buffalo.
Veda May Bauer was born on February 17, 1922 in Buffalo, Wyoming to May and John Mooney. She grew up and went to school in Buffalo and graduated from Johnson County High School in 1940. She enlisted in the U.S. Army soon after Pearl Harbor and served in the Army Air Corps in Tonopah, Nevada and Los Angeles before being shipped overseas where she was assigned to a weather station in Stone, England. A mutual friend, Lois Watt, wrote to Veda and suggested she meet a soldier named Henry Bauer who was also from Buffalo. She corresponded with Henry and they eventually met. They were married on June 15, 1945 in Cambridge, England. Veda came home on the HMS Queen Elizabeth at the end of the war and was reunited with Henry who had left England earlier. They returned to Wyoming and Veda quickly learned that being a rancher’s wife meant being able to pull a calf, drive a tractor, can food and stack hay. Everyone loved her wonderful cooking. She could whip up a mean batch of spaghetti and her cakes and pies were unparalleled. She kept the family in homemade bread until she and Henry retired. She enjoyed gardening and especially liked to grow flowers. Her favorites were peonies, sweet peas and bachelor buttons. Veda was also a crack shot and many times shot a deer off the back porch to help fill the family larder. It would promptly be turned into great chili meat, steaks and roasts for the winter. Each member of the family was thrilled to receive one of her beautifully crocheted afghans. She always thought of the person she was making it for and paired the colors and style accordingly. She donated several baby blankets to the hospital. Veda especially enjoyed going to club meetings with her many friends. She was a member of the VFW, the American Legion and the Rebecca’s Lodge and was eventually voted president of each organization. Veda’s greatest joy was her family and she was much beloved by her four children. One of her favorite past times was playing games and cards, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and she usually beat whomever she played. She had a beautiful voice and often would break out in song. She will be remembered for her easy laugh, her great hugs and her quiet gentle personality. Henry passed away in June of 2008 and Veda continued living in Buffalo until the time of her death.
She is survived by three daughters; Judith Darling and her husband Gene of Spicewood, Texas, Jeanne Sickler and her husband Louie of Buffalo and Jane weeden and her husband Al of Buffalo; one son Stoney Bauer and his wife Angie of Buffalo; eleven grandchildren; Nancy Darling Crall, Stonie Darling, Brendan Darling, Tresea Harriet, Tanya Sickler, Frank Sickler, Duston Bauer, Damian Noorman Nica Magee, Sam Weeden and Karlena Nicholas and 24 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, two sisters Myrtle Galusha and Rosella Weber : two brothers Forest and Verdie Mooney; and beloved friends Ed and Isabelle Diegoli.