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Janet Bauer 10/10/2022

Janet “Jan” Marie (Ruud) Bauer, age 82, of River Falls, WI passed away October 10, 2022, at River Falls Hospital. In her 82 years Jan, grew up in Austin, MN where she worked at Dairy Queen through high school, and she wasn’t above sneaking a treat to a few friends. She had a large friend group and was well loved by anyone who had the pleasure to meet her. Jan had an adventurous spirit. She was a competitive downhill skier; she was quick to go parasailing while on vacation and even sold her prized blue and white 1957 Chevy convertible to travel & explore Europe. Jan, not one to pass up an adventure, went on a blind date where she met, fell in love with and married Daniel “Dan” Bauer.
Dan and Jan married and moved to the St. Croix Valley Area of Wisconsin. They both left their jobs and opened Diversified Bank Installation (DBI), a successful bank installation business, along with many other banking related businesses that operated across the Midwest. As if owning and operating a business wasn’t enough for her, she also took on her role as “farm girl” with a flourish. From driving tractor to feeding cattle, Jan willing took on anything that was thrown at her. Even though Jan loved and was very close to her sister & nieces, their family was not yet complete. In 1975, they were blessed with baby Christopher and Jan took on yet another role of loving and doting mother. Not long after, Dan and Jan opened up their home to their second son Vinh Vo. Jan has since enjoyed every minute of being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She is preceded in death by her parents, Madeline and Melvin Ruud; brothers, Donald and Richard. Jan is survived by her loving husband, Daniel “Dan” Bauer; sister, Marlys Dunlop; children, Christopher (Sarah) Bauer and Vinh (Mai-yi) Vo; and grandchildren, Leilani and Makai.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, October 14, 2022 at 11:00AM at St Bridget Catholic Church (211 E Division St) in River Falls and streamed live through the link just below the obituary. Visitation was held on Thursday, October 13, 2022 from 4:00-7:00PM at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (805 E Division St) in River Falls and on Friday from 10:00-11:00AM at the church. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls, WI with a luncheon following the burial. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Janet’s Mass.



  • Rob, Theresa, Jessica & Sam Posted October 11, 2022 5:06 pm

    Our condolences to Dan, Chris, Vihn and their families. She was an amazing Aunt for Kari &I and will be sorely missed by all that knew her. God Speed Aunt Jan.

  • Char Posted October 12, 2022 2:37 pm

    Sorry to hear about Jan–we shared many good “chats” throughout the years, special lady!! Sympathy to all of you.

  • Char Posted October 12, 2022 2:40 pm

    Shared many good “chats” with Jan throughout the years. She was a special gal for sure. Many sympathies to all of you.

  • Cindy Uher Posted October 12, 2022 4:13 pm

    Janny was a very special aunt to me and my sisters. So many very fond memories over the years. Janny has a special place in my heart and always will. She will be missed very much! Love and Hugs to Dan, Chris, Sarah, Vihn, Mai ye and family. .

  • Lilie and Gordon Awsumb Posted October 13, 2022 10:53 am

    Jan was a lovely lady, whose gentleness, kindness and mirth endeared her to me and my husband. She and Dan were excellent neighbors who helped us through a difficulty health crisis. We are grateful to have known her. We grieve for Dan and their children and grandchildren, they are in our prayers.

  • Monte Alkire Posted December 27, 2022 8:58 am

    Rest In Peace Jan. We enjoyed your friendship, hospitality and warmth as distance cousins.

  • Susan Alkire Reichle Posted December 28, 2022 7:46 pm

    Very alive in my memory was when you and Dan along with Donna and Shelly came to visit with my mom, Betty Alkire. Meeting you and reliving old stories delighted my mom and all of us. Rest In Peace sweet lady.
    And to you Dan, your pain is in my heart..❤️❤️❤️

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