LeEtte “Kay” Bauers, 1947-2019

Published 1:00 am Thursday, March 28, 2019

Funeral services for LeEtte “Kay” Bauers, 72, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Kent Otterman will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home Monday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

LeEtte “Kay” Bauers

Kay died Monday, March 25, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

LeEtte Kay Bauers was born Jan. 1, 1947, in Austin, the daughter of George and GeorgeEtta (Bannick) Dreyer. She grew up and attended school in Austin.

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On Aug. 16, 1969, Kay was united in marriage to William “Bill” Bauers Jr. They later divorced, but found love again and remarried May 24, 1975.

She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, where she sang in the choir. She was also a member of Albert Lea Moose Club. Kay worked at St. Olaf hospital for many years in Austin. After leaving nursing, she operated an in-home day care for years and loved her day care kids “as her own.” She then worked at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community in Albert Lea for many years.

Kay liked to cook and was very good at it. Another favorite of hers was baking chocolate chip cookies for neighborhood kids. During the past few years she did a lot of canning of hot green beans. Kay loved spending many summer weekends camping, especially at her parents’ cabin in Faribault. There were always lots of family, fishing and horseshoes and many good times. Kay also loved gardening, working in her flower beds and having friends and family over to play in the pool.

Kay is survived by her husband, William “Bill” Bauers Jr., of Albert Lea; daughters Kim (Mike) Bidwell of Willmar and Mindy (John) Hornberger of Glenville; grandchildren Sereen Bidwell (Zach) of Mankato, Jacob Bidwell of Mankato and Tannon, Taylor and Tavin Hornberger of Glenville; siblings Dori (Jim) Reim of Oregon, Linda Bloor of Florida, Annette Haro of Missouri, Wendy Thompson of Mankato and Randy (Kathy) Dreyer of Wisconsin; many nieces and nephews, whom she loved very much; and many friends she considered family.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents George and GeorgeEtta Dreyer; mother and father-in-law Irene and William Bauers Sr.; sister-in-law, Sharon Bates; and brothers-in-law Norman Bauers, Hugh Bates and Dan Bloor.

Kay was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be missed by so many.