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Joan Bauer

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Joan Bauer, 86, of Manilla, Iowa, died of COVID-19 on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manilla. Celebrant will be the Rev. Paul Nguyen, Lector will be Virginia Rasmussen. Music will be by organist Barb Baker and vocalist Michelle Ahrenholtz. Casket bearers will be Jesse Bauer, Chris Rasmussen, Jake Palmer, Hunter Underwood, Collin Brink and Croix Brink. Honorary casket bearers will be

Joan’s grandchildren. Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Manilla.

Ohde Funeral Home ( in Manilla is in charge of arrangements.

Joan Ann, daughter of Henry A. and Mary (Marie Sextro) Drees, was born Jan. 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.

On Nov. 20, 1954, Joan married 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 baby-sat 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 a 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.

Joan 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.

She 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 son-in-law Rick Underwood.

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