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Mary J

Mary Schulz Bauer of Oak Creek died Wednesday December 8th at Season’s Hospice Center in the presence of family after suffering a massive stroke.  She was born on February 24, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Soike.  She married her high school sweetheart Richard (Dick) Schulz on August 2, 1947.  They shared 37 years together before his passing on April 10, 1985.

She is survived by her children:  Jane (James) Schumacher, Racine, WI and Mark (Deborah) Schulz, Summer Shade, Kentucky; four grandchildren:  Jason (Khristie) Schulz, Brian (Mona) Schulz, Clint Schumacher, Courtney (Michael) Portman,  eight grandchildren: Brighton (Dakota) Pettit, Charter Portman, Maddy Schulz, Emma Schulz, Abby Schulz, Selene Schulz, Connor Schulz and Peyton Schulz.

She is further survived by her sister; Catherine Baravetti, two sisters-in-law, Doloris Soike and Esther Soike , nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In 1988 Mary married another widower, Joseph M. Bauer making their home in Oak Creek.  They shared nine wonderful years of happiness before the passing of Joseph on August 3, 1997.  Mary is survived by step children JoAnn (Robert) Thomson, John (Susan) Bauer, the late George (Susan) Bauer, William (Pamela) Bauer, Thomas (Deborah) Bauer, and Mary Jo (Dennis) Herrmann.  Grandchildren  JoAnn (Jeffrey) Bauer, Morgan (Cheryl)  Thomson, Tina (Andy) Cieciwa, Joseph (Staci) Bauer, Justin (Amber) Riege, Matthew (Katie) Riege, Brendan (Shelley) Bauer, John Bauer, Jessica (Chase) McCulloch, Joel (Mike Robotti) Bauer, Alfred (Angela) Herrmann, Jordan (Lauren) Herrmann, and Allen Herrmann.  Great Grandchildren Victor Bauer, Nora Bauer, Erin Bauer, Eleanor Thomson, Colin Thomson, Drew Cieciwa, McKayla Cieciwa, Kendra (Kyle) Kelly, Alaina Bauer, Tristan Bauer, Mason Riege, Kellen Riege, Malia Riege, Peri Bauer, Beckett McCulloch, Joely McCulloch, Ryley Herrmann, Cayden Herrmann, Madelyn Herrmann, and Landon Herrmann. Great-Great-Grandchild Johnny Kelly.  She considered all as extended members of her family and loved each of them very much.

Marry was raised in Milwaukee during the depression graduating from Pulaski High School in 1946.  Mary was a ballerina.  During her last year of high school and beyond she danced is several productions for the Milwaukee Civic Light Opera including Madam Madesa, Reo Rita, Babes in Toyland, Hansel & Gretel and Pinocchio.  She also danced for the Florentine Opera Company.  An excellent seamstress and tailor, she made much of her daughter’s clothing including her wedding dress.

Mary was not one to sit around.  Although she was happy being a homemaker, she was always taking on maintenance and yard work projects.  After Joe’s passing a wonderful next-door neighbor, Eric, helped her to complete those tasks.

Viewing Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at Apostolic Faith Church 3045 Airline Road, Racine, WI from 5:00 pm until time of the Celebration Service at 6:00 pm.  Private entombment at St. Adalbert Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made out to Apostolic Faith Church Benevolence Ministry or to the charity of your choice.


  1. Thomas Bauer December 10, 2021 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Mary Schulz-Bauer’s step children:
    JoAnn (Robert) Thomson, John (Susan) Bauer, George-(deceased) (Susan) Bauer, William (Pamela) Bauer, Thomas (Deborah) Bauer, Mary Jo (Dennis) Herrmann-
    We will miss her greatly!

  2. Deborah Schulz December 11, 2021 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Mary Schulz-Bauer’s additional Great Grandchildren are: Emma Schulz, Abbey Schulz, Connor Schulz, Peyton Schulz (Jason’s children) and Madeline Schulz, Selene Schulz (Brian’s children

  3. JoAnn T. Bauer December 13, 2021 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    I’ll miss hearing her voice … She shared her steadfast love with her family, friends and community. The world is a darker place because she is gone and a lighter place because she was here. Thank you for the ceremony information. We will make a memorial to St Matthew’s, the church Mary actually attended.

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