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Aldona M. Bauer


March 15, 2016


Aldona M. Bauer said, “I have lived a good 91 years of life. What will be, will be. Let nature take its course.” On March 14, 2016, Donna, as she was known, died peacefully at Maria Hall Hospice surrounded by family who loved her dearly. 

Donna was born in Kulpmont, PA on December 26, 1924 to the parents of Stanley and Martha (Yakutis) Rutkowski. She was of Lithuanian descent, the seventh daughter of eight girls. Donna graduated from Kulpmont High School in 1942 and moved to Brooklyn, NY to attend nursing school at Kings County Hospital. After graduation, she continued her thirty-three year nursing career at Kings County, began as a staff RN, earned a BS in Nursing Education at Hunter College, and ended as a supervisor. While at Kings County, Theodore (Teddy) Bauer was admitted to her ward with appendicitis and, after discharge, returned to ask her on a date. They were married 6 months later on October 1, 1950. 

Donna and Teddy owned a 32 foot cabin cruiser and spent many summer vacations traveling to various ports along the Eastern Seaboard. They were members of the Bergen Beach Yacht Club in Brooklyn. After retiring, they moved to Little Egg Harbor, NJ in 1976. Teddy passed away in 1984. Donna continued to live in Little Egg Harbor enjoying the many senior clubs and her favorite place to play the slots, Trump Taj Mahal. She traveled extensively with family and friends throughout the world. At the age of 76 she visited the farm where her father grew up in Simnas, Lithuania and discovered she had a living 99 year-old uncle. 

In April 2012, she decided to move to Vintage Knolls Assisted Living to be close to her niece Janice Terry-Mathes. They were more than aunt/niece, they were best friends and spent many hours talking, laughing, casinoing, dining out, and traveling. She was a caring, loving, joyful, and fun person to be around. She improved the lives of those fortunate to know her. In the end, she left this life as she lived it, on her own terms. 

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sisters – Agnes, Stella, Mary, Adella, Helen, Albina (Binnie), and Millie. She is survived by 8 nieces and 6 nephews and will be missed by many friends and family members. 

The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Maria Hall for their caring and spiritual support during Donna’s last days on earth. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 12:30 PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church 18 Center Street Danville with the Reverend James E. Lease as celebrant.  Burial will follow in Holy Cross Lithuanian Cemetery Mount Carmel PA.  Friends will be received from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Friday evening at Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 West Mahoning Street Danville PA.    To honor Donna’s loving nature, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  www.visneski.com


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