Eloise Fern Bauer, 94, of Johnston (formerly of Lacona), passed away on Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston, Iowa. Eloise was born to Glenn and Flossie Baker on September 16, 1920 in Norwood, Iowa. Her family moved to Lacona when Eloise was very young. She attended Thompson's Beauty School (now Iowa School of Beauty). During World War II, Eloise worked at the Des Moines Ordnance Plant. Later, she began her career as a business owner when she created Eloise's Beauty Shop in Lacona. Eloise was married to Robert Bauer. Together, the couple raised four children: Mike, Anthony, Viona and Bobbie. Eloise was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Flossie Baker; husband, Robert Bauer; daughter, Viona Schaeffer; son, Bobbie Bauer; brothers: Obyr, Deo and Wendell; and sisters: Wanda, Eulala and Coletta. She is survived by her two sons: Mike Baker of Lacona and Anthony Bauer (Marilyn) of Johnston; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brother, Orlo Baker of Lacona; and sister, Janice McCullough of Melcher. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Lacona. Family will receive friends prior to the service from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Lacona Fire & Rescue and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lacona.
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