Frederick O. “Fritz” Bauer, 81, of Elyria, passed away Friday, August 17, 2012, at the Life Care Center of Elyria, following a brief illness. He was born July 5, 1931, in Elyria, and was a lifelong Elyria resident.
An Ohio Licensed Funeral Director for 56 years, Fritz, for many years, worked for the former Wainwright Funeral Home and became a partner of the Bauer-Laubenthal Funeral Home in 1989, retiring in 2000, He served many families in the Elyria area as a funeral director, with much compassion and care. He devoted most of his life to the funeral profession. A 1949 graduate of Elyria High School, he also attended John Carroll University, was a past president of Spring Valley and Northwood Schools PTA, a member of the Elyria Noon Rotary Club since 1979, a member of the Lorain County, Ohio, and National Funeral Director’s Associations, St. Mary Catholic Church and served in the United States Coast Guard. He enjoyed all sports, spending time with his family, tending to his lawn and gardens and feeding birds.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Carrolee (nee Schafer); daughters, Christine (Keith) Nine of Akron, and Amy Lynn Bauer of Elyria; granddaughters, Sarah (Christopher) Davis, Rebecca (Sean Anstead) Nine; grandson, Ryan Bauer; and great-granddaughter, Addison Davis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick G. and Gladys (nee Owen) Bauer.
There will be no visitation. Services will be Monday, August 20, 2012, 12 Noon, at the First Congregational Church of Christ, 330 Second St., Elyria. The Reverend Christina Kukuk, Pastor, and the Reverend John Blaser will officiate. Please meet at church. Burial will be at Brookdale Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Bauer-Laubenthal Funeral Home, 440-322-4626.
Memorial contributions can be made to New Life Hospice, 5255 N. Abbe Rd., Elyria OH 44035, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com