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Joan Ann Bauer

January 6, 1934 — September 26, 2020

 Visitation and Prayers

Tuesday, September 29, 2020  4:00 ~7:00 PM

Rosary 6:00 PM

Ohde Funeral Home, Manilla, Iowa

Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 ~ 1:00 PM

Sacred Heart Church, Manilla, Iowa

Reverend Paul Nguyen, Celebrant


Virginia Rasmussen


Barb Baker, Organist     Michelle Ahrenholtz, Vocalist

 Casket Bearers

Jesse Bauer     Chris Rasmussen     Jake Palmer

Hunter Underwood     Collin Brink     Croix Brink

Honorary Casket Bearers

Joan’s Grandchildren


Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Manilla, Iowa

     Joan Ann, daughter of Henry A. and Mary (Marie Sextro) Drees, was born January 6, 1934, on a farm near Templeton, Iowa. She attended Templeton Sacred Heart Elementary, St. Angela Academy in Carroll, and graduated in 1951 from Sacred Heart High School. Fond memories of high school were being in the Senior Play as a sophomore and being an accomplished basketball player. Joan then attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, then left to help her family at home.

   On November 20, 1954, Joan was united in marriage with Donald Bauer at Sacred Heart Church in Templeton. The couple made their home in Carroll where Joan worked as a Northwestern Bell Telephone Operator. In 1964, the family moved to Manilla. Joan babysat and then joined the IKM Community School as a Teacher Associate for 27 years. She enjoyed being known as “The Whistle Lady” and had a passion for helping those around her.

   Joan’s Catholic faith was a strong part of her life. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Church in Manilla. She taught CCD and was the Co-coordinator for over 30 years, sang in the choir, and was a member of the Altar Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Joan loved the town of Manilla and helping with community projects such as being treasurer of the Freedom Rock Committee, and co-founder of Meals on Wheels program. She also served with Iowa Retired School Personnel in Denison. Joan was an avid card player and enjoyed reading, playing Scrabble, doing the daily puzzle, and watching the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco 49ers.

  On Saturday, September 26, 2020, Joan died of Covid 19 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. She was 86 years, 8 months and 20 days of age.

   Joan was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandchildren Billie Underwood Brink, Josh Underwood and Jason Bauer; sister Mary Lou Drees; brother Herb Drees; and a son-in-law Rick Underwood.

   She is survived by her children: Mary Underwood of Denison; Sheila (Jim) Sleister of West Burlington; Cathy (Steve) Pfannkuch of Manning; Mike (Billie) Bauer of Manilla; Mark (Rita) Bauer of Auburn, Washington; Barb (Pete) Rasmussen of Irwin; Pat (Gary) Palmer of Manilla; and Ann (Bill) Lockwood of Savannah, Missouri; 15 Grandchildren; 37 Great Grandchildren; brothers Dean (Ruth) Drees of Manning and Jim Drees of Carroll; sister-in-law Carol Drees of Cheyenne, Wyoming; brother-in-law Robert Poen of Lake City; nieces, nephews and friends.

Joan Bauer, age 86 of Manilla, died on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, NE.  Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 1 PM on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at Sacred Heart Church in Manilla. Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery near Manilla. Visitation with Covid Guidelines will be from 4 PM to 7 PM on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manilla, with a Rosary at 6 PM. Ohde Funeral Home in Manilla in charge of arrangements.

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