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From: "Susan Q" <>
Subject: [ILFRANKL] BAUER, DOROTHY l (JONES) 1932-2008
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 18:54:30 -0600

Dorothy Louise Bauer
Benton, IL

After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease,
Dorothy Louise Bauer passed away Thursday November 20th
2008. Until the very end of her life, she touched many
lives and true to her profession was teaching those
nearest her lessons we’ll never forget.

Dorothy was born in Benton on September 14, 1932 to
Zelphia and Vern Jones. She graduated from Benton High
School (Class of 1950) and against the wishes of her
father, attended the University of Illinois as did her
brothers Harold (Class of ’47) and Elmer (Class of ’49),
graduating in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts from the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her teaching career
began in 1954 in Baltimore Maryland, but most remember her
27+ years as a middle school English, grammar and reading
instructor for the Benton Consolidated School District 47.
Along the way, she taught over 4,000 students, touching
us with her wit and her passion. She did not suffer fools
gladly or tolerate rudeness as any one who remembers
copying a page from the dictionary under her careful
direction can well attest. Dorothy was instrumental in
developing several innovative programs including an
Independent Study Program for gifted students and a Team
Operational Planning program (TOPS). She coached the 8th
grade Scholar Bowl Team and sponsored the annual Spelling
Contest for the Middle School. A study room has been
dedicated in her honor at the Benton Public Library
recognizing the time she and her students spent at the
library and her love of reading.

Along the way, she demonstrated commitment to her
fellow teachers by first serving as President of the
Benton Teachers Association (early 70’s) and later, as
President of the Benton Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO
(1981-1982). During her tenure, the District 47 teachers
were always among the best compensated in Southern
Illinois – a great source of pride for her and testament
to her negotiating skill. Dorothy also served on the
Southern Illinois Reading Council, the Illinois Council of
English Teachers, the National Association of Middle
Schools and the International Reading Association. Prior
to retiring from teaching in 1990, she served as District
Representative for the Association of Illinois Middle

Away from the Middle School, Dorothy showed her love
for her hometown through her service at the First Baptist
Church, the Benton Community Park District, and the Benton
Civic Center. Dorothy was always willing to challenge the
“status quo.” For example, the First Baptist Church of
Benton was founded in 1841 and did not have a woman serve
on its Board of Deacons until 1978 when she and Golda
Cavaness were elected. She also served as Sunday School
Superintendent, Vacation Bible School Director, Sunday
School Teacher and Church Clerk.

Saying for years “Benton needs its own park,”
Dorothy was a leader in the formation of the Benton
Community Park District. She served on its Board as Vice
President from its inception in 1974 through the mid ‘80’s
and then again from 1990 until her husband David picked up
the mantel in 1996. Dorothy’s passion for the Park has
created a playground “children” from all over Southern
Illinois have visited and enjoyed.

In April 1990, she was appointed Executive Director
of the newly formed Benton Civic Center Authority.
Dorothy’s investment of time and talent in her community
was formally recognized in November 1990 when she was
named “Citizen of the Year” by the Benton Area Chamber of
Commerce. She said that night, “Benton always came first
and no matter where Dave and I have traveled, I’ve always
been proud to call it my hometown.”

Dorothy first met her husband-to-be David when they
were attending the third grade at Webster Grade School.
They dated on and off again through high school before
both headed north to attend the University of Illinois.
They were married June 12, 1954 the week before
receiving their undergraduate degrees. Later in 1954, she
went with Lt. David Bauer to Germany where they enjoyed
three eventful years traveling the Continent, surviving
the October Revolution and bearing their first child,
Brian. After their tour in the military, they settled in
St. Louis in 1958 where David began his career in banking
and they had their second child, Paula. In the fall of
1961, they seized on the opportunity to move back their
hometown where their third child Valerie was born. Their
life-long love affair has been apparent to all who knew
them or witnessed their interaction at public events.

Away from the public eye, Dorothy was an attentive
and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She passed her
love of reading to her children and grandchildren. She
valued vacations and traveling and included her extended
family on many of the adventures on land and sea. She
enjoyed entertaining family and friends – just ask the
“Rinky-Dinks,” the Pinochle or Bridge Club, the
“Designer’s Dozen,” the “Investment Club” or anyone who
joined her for birthday, Thanksgiving or Christmas Holiday

Dorothy precedes David, their son Brian Bauer (his
wife Patricia), daughters Paula Bauer (partner Faye
Licata) and Valerie Sansing (husband John Sansing) as well
as eight grandchildren Douglas, Gregory, Kyle and
Elizabeth (Brian and Pat), Courtney and Cameron (Paula and
Faye), Aubrey and Jenna (Valerie and John), and her
brother Harold Jones (his wife Carol). She was preceded
in death by her mother (1987) and father (1960) as well as
her brother Elmer (1966).

Visitation will be held on Monday November 24th from
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hobbs Johnson Funeral Home,
301 South Main, Benton (438-8711)

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on
Tuesday November 25th at the First Baptist Church of
Benton, 201 South Main, (438-7661) with Reverends Valerie
Sansing and Charles Klassen officiating.

Gifts honoring Dorothy’s life can be made to the
Bauer Family Foundation for the benefit of the Benton Park
District through the Southern Illinois Community
Foundation or to the First Baptist Church of Benton.

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