Bette L. Bauer was resting peacefully at her home surrounded by her family when the gates of heaven opened and she was called home. It was on Sat., March 4, 2017 and she was 82 years old. She was born in Eau Claire, Wi to the late Ammons and Anna Thompson. She married the love of her life, James J Bauer on Nov. 18, 1952. They shared 64 years of marriage. Together, they created a close and loving family. Family meant everything to Bette. They shared yearly family trips, 40 + years of Memorial Weekend fishing fun in Spooner, Wi, birthday celebrations at Irvin Park, and hayrides and campfires at Furlows. She was known for her “Tom and Jerry’s”, homemade donuts, porcupine meatballs, and macaroni hot dish! Her crocheted doilies, knitted dolls, and quilts will be held close forever. Her faith was evident throughout her life from several years of perfect attendance at Sunday School to singing in the traveling children’s choir started her faithful life. The purchase of the family bible at the start of her marriage guided and strengthen the family through hardships and many medical issues. A cross could be found in every room of the house.Sunday mass with shoes shined and everyone dressed to the “hilt” was a weekly ritual. She served on the PCCW and was a Eucharistic minister in the nursing homes. Her life ended with prayer. She taught her family to live life to its fullest which included lots of fun! She loved to play “Don’t Get Mad” a marble game! She enjoyed fishing, traveling, gambling, bowling, roller skating, and movies; coffee time, shopping, manicures, pedicures, and massage, and all of these were enjoyed with family and friends! Flowers, birds and butterflies brought smiles to her face. Bette made many friends when she worked at SuperValu and Dregney Realty. Bette was known for her big heart and big smile. She was compassionate and was one who knew how to really “listen”. She was sweet, kind, and caring and as her husband said, “looked like a million bucks!” Remember her as “the little sweet lady with a big smile”, her singing "Good Night Irene" and saying "love you more". Bette will be forever missed by her husband of 64 years, Jim of Mondovi; her children, Vicky (Ray, Sr.) Breidung of Mondovi, David Bauer of Mondovi, Sharie (Jay) Furst or Rochester, MN, Cindy (Duane) Brantner and Chuck (Fiancée, Michelle) Bauer of Mondovi; grandchildren, Ray Breidung, Jr, Stacy Breidung, Kristy Breidung; Sara Kins, Jenny Swanson, Andy Kins, Kirin Furst, Nik Furst; Sheila Fedie, Heidi Bignell, Mitch Brantner, Kim Nelson; Chad Bauer, Matthew Bauer and Chad and Matthew’s half-brother Joe Binkowski; 18 beloved great grandchildren; her half-sister, Ila Baader of Nelson, WI along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.