Orvilla M. (Bauer) Bloom, 92, slipped the bonds of earthly suffering Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at the American Lutheran Home, Mondovi, WI after several years of battle with kidney disease.
Orvilla was born in Buffalo County on May 20, 1922 to Gilbert and Christine ( Thompson) Nelson. She was baptized, confirmed and a very active member of Central Lutheran Church in Mondovi. She was a lifetime resident of the Gilmanton and Mondovi area, attending Oak Grove grade school.
She began working after graduating her 8th year of school, housekeeping and chores for various families; the first was a family of six, milking and washing clothes by hand, baking bread and cooking meals, earning $1.50 a week.
She began a special bond with Anna Gueldner while in her employment. Anna respected the ambition of this clever and talented young girl and she respected Anna's kindness. Orvilla worked seasonally at the Mondovi Canning Factory and several years at Grady's Dime Store and the Mondovi Ben Franklin Store.
She later cooked for the Gilmanton Schools, she missed the children when she left and surely they and the staff missed the meals and treats they were provided. She did homecare in Mondovi, cooking and cleaning for 8 households. Of course babysitting her grandchildren and others was mixed in with tall else, not to mention all the walking, as she never had a license to drive.
Cooking and baking were among her many talents and she made several wedding, graduation and confirmation cakes. When you found her home, the coffee pot was always "On" and you were either treated to a full meal or a lunch to remember. No one left her house hungry.
Orvilla married Hubert A. Bauer on March 13, 1948. They were sweethearts for years, having met while he was serving in the Army. Dancing was her true passion and she welcomed any opportunity to do so. The "Blue Skirt Waltz" was there song. They had 38 years together. After Hubert's passing, Orvilla married Lester D. Bloom on October 20, 1984. They both loved to dance and they attended several until he was unable. They had 15 years together.
Orvilla is survived by her son Mike (Doris) Bauer of rural Mondovi. Grandchildren; Mark (Katina) Bauer of rural Durand, Chris Bauer and Candi Everard of Green Bay; Kari Bauer of Fall Creek. Greatgrandchildren; Jessica, Danielle, Chelsea, Austin, Kortney, Logan and Nathan Bauer and Rachel and Trace Everard. Step children; Nancy (Rodney) Hanson of Kentucky and David Bloom of Mondovi. Step grandchildren; Candyce (Richard) Hann, Sally (Tom) McMahon, Carrie Bloom and Elizabeth Bloom. Step great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers-in-law, Lawrence, Eugene (Lorraine) and Merlin (Dorie) Bauer, and sisters-in-law; Lorena Becker, Henrietta Bauer, Arvilla (Fred) Caturia and Carol Bauer. Many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding her in death were her parents; Gilbert and Christine, husbands; Hubert Bauer and, Lester Bloom, brother; Gordon, grandson; Scott Bauer, brothers and sisters-in-laws; Laverne and Gertrude Bauer, Eleanor and Loren Wright, Lydia and Raymond McManimon, Melvin Bauer, Arlene and Jack Weber, Raymond Becker, Burnadette Bauer and Adeline Bauer.
A heartfelt thank you to the the nurses, caregivers and Chaplin Preston of the American Lutheran Home, along with St. Joseph's Hospice and Pastor Morck of Central Lutheran Church in Mondovi for all their care, kindness, and support shown to Orvilla and Family.
OCT 24. 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
Kjentvet-Smith Funeral Home - Mondovi
465 W. Main St.
Mondovi, WI 54755
OCT 25. 11:00 AM (CDT)
Central Lutheran Church
Mondovi, WI 54755
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