Lossie Jean Bauer
Lossie Jean Morris Bauer, while at her home, left this world Wednesday morning, January 4, 2017, with family members and her cherished dogs at her side. She was born at the Methodist Parsonage, O'Fallon, Illinois in 1928. The daughter of Pauline Jean McCaully Morris and Lossie E. Morris, her father left the ministry in 1936 and moved to Collinsville, IL, to start his business career. Jean attended Collinsville High School and later William Woods College, Fulton, Missouri. Post graduation, Jean attended the Chicago Art Institute.
While attending William Woods she would have a blind date to a Valentine's Dance with Roland R. Bauer Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri. A long distance romance led to an engagement. Roland proposed to Jean while sitting on the back porch of her family home, 604 Main St, Collinsville, which is now the enclosed kitchen for the Old Peking Restaurant. Just a little family trivia. The 1950 wedding at Second Presbyterian St. Louis was followed by a reception at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel's Starlight Room.
Jean would go on to be a wife, mother and homemaker, raising six children in the same home they built in 1953. In addition to family and friends, Jean's interests varied widely throughout the years, from her many dogs and horses to welding sculptures, creating stained glass windows, wood carving and painting. She never lost her artistic interests and talents.
After empty nesting, there were many small ship intercoastal travels as well as Alaskan, Hawaiian and European tours and also South America, which included her bucket list trip to the Galapagos Islands. In her later years she was a prolific painter, dividing her time between Collinsville and her log cabin in the mountains of North Carolina.
Jean is survived by her six children: Roland R. (Richard Kloeckener) Bauer lll of St. Louis; Renée L. (John D. Nell) Bauer of Alton, IL; Keith G. Bauer of Cashiers, NC; Elizabeth J. L. (Robert A. Showers) Bauer of Alton, IL; Todd E. (Nancy) Bauer of Collinsville, IL; and Melissa J. D. Bauer of St. Louis. Jean was blessed with five grandchildren: Eric David Nell of San Francisco; Cade Morris Bauer-Showers of Washington, DC; and Zoe Lynne Bauer, McCaully Jean Bauer, and Benjamin Ellis Bauer of Collinsville, IL. She is also survived by her sister Pamala G. (Gary) Klein of St. Louis, and brothers Charles C. (Nancy) Morris and Leighton Eric (Leslee) Morris of Collinsville.
She was preceded in death by her husband Roland R. Bauer Jr., her parents Pauline Jean McCaully Morris and Lossie E. Morris and sisters Lillie Carol Morris and Betty Lou Morris.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Collinsville Humane Society.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
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