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Description: Obituary of Bauner, Amelia Elizabeth Hall

Date: May 15 2008

Newspaper published in: Quincy

Page/Column: A10 / 5

Amelia Elizabeth Hall Bauner, 99, a retired teacher with a continuous service record of 44 years in the Quincy Public Schools, died at 11:05 p.m. Sunday (May 11, 2008) in the Good Samaritan Home. Mrs. Bauner was born in Quincy, Oct. 30, 1908, a daughter of Luella Payne and John Hezekiah Hall. Upon graduation from Quincy High School, Mrs. Bauner attended Western Illinois State Teachers College for one year. Then she began her long teaching career in Pike County, where she taught for three years. In fall 1930, Mrs. Bauner joined the Irving School faculty as the third-grade teacher. In 1940, she was transferred to the Irving kindergarten, where she remained until 1966, when she became Quincy's first visiting teacher, serving Irving, Washington, Dewey, Jefferson, Jackson and Highland- Riverside schools until she retired in 1974. Mrs. Bauner's professional training included bachelor's and master's degrees from Western Illinois University and two years of additional graduate work at the University of Colorado and the University of Illinois. Mrs. Bauner was an active member of all professional educational organizations, serving in many different capacities. She was a member of the Quincy Education Association, the Illinois and National Education Associations, the Quincy Women's Teachers, the Council of Exceptional Children, the Adams County Retired Teachers and the Irving School PTA. Her services to the Irving PTA, in which she served as officer and committee chairman, were recognized with the presentation of a lifetime membership in the Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers. In 1944, Mrs. Bauner and her sister, Frances Hall, were charter members of the Quincy Federation of Teachers. Mrs. Bauner was the first married teacher who was able to continue working. Mrs. Bauner was identified with many programs in the Quincy Public Schools system. She served on the advisory committee organized by Superintendent William G. Alberts and Dr. L.O. Little. She was a member of several curriculum development committees, serving as representative for the kindergarten area. She joined the First Union Congregational Church in 1945, where she served as head of the Beginners' Department of the Sunday school, church historian, a member of the 15-40 Club, and as first presiding chairman of an evening section of the Women's Guild. Mrs. Bauner had held an Illinois real estate license since 1954 and with her late husband operated the Imperial Real Estate Service. Mrs. Bauner's artistic talents were used many times in the construction of scenery and costumes for many school, church and community organizations. Mrs. Bauner created the figures used in the Nativity scenes in Washington Park years ago at Christmastime. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America, a lifetime member of Good Samaritan Home, Women's City Club, Quincy Preserves, a member of Spring Lake Country Club for 50 years, and a past member of the Quincy Country Club. Mrs. Bauner married John C. Bauner on Aug. 27, 1944, in Pittsfield. He died June 27, 1983. Also preceding her in death were a stepson, John C. Bauner Jr., who died in 1957; a sister, Miss Frances Hall, a retired teacher of Quincy, who died Nov. 13, 1997; and a brother Walter J. Hall, owner of an advertising agency service, who died Feb. 25, 1983. Surviving are two stepdaughters, Mrs. Eldon (Catherine) Elam of Lompoc, Calif., and Dr. Ruth Bauner of Carbondale; and four stepgrandchildren. SERVICES: 9 a.m. Friday in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with the Rev. Larry Wentzel conducting. Burial will be in Samuel Taylor Cemetery at Rockport. Transportation will be provided to and from the cemetery for those who want to travel there. VISITATION: An hour before the service in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. MEMORIALS: A charity of the donor's choice. WEB SITE: www.hansenspear. com. ARRANGEMENTS:
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Submitted: 05/15/08 (Edited 05/15/08)

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