JoAnne Bauer, 71, of Hartford, CT, passed away at her home on Friday, April 3, 2020.JoAnne was born October 14, 1948 in Sanatoga, PA where she lived for her childhood and teenage years. She is preceded in death by her parents John Bauer and Mary Leona (Buchert) Bauer. JoAnne is survived by her brothers John (Jody) Bauer and James (Vickie) Bauer. Surviving are two nieces Jaime (Michael) Stringer and Bonnie (Adam) Bauer-Myers as well as three great-nephews (Lucas, Nicholas, Jackson) and a great-niece (Jamason). She is also survived by many friends that she loved and shared her life’s passions. JoAnne was the salutatorian of the Class of 1966 at Pottsgrove High School, Pottstown, PA. She then attended Wilson College where she majored in special education and graduated in 1970. JoAnne was a true model of a life-long learner. She continued her education and later received two master’s degrees (Special Education and Spiritual Development) and her doctorate in Communication Arts & Technology from New York University in 1991. JoAnne Bauer, prize-winning poet, visual artist, activist, and friend was certainly unimpeded by societal constraints. Her energy was infectious and her advocacy knew no bounds. She was highly involved in local and state politics fighting for economic, environmental, racial, and gender justice. She received honors as a special education director, scholar/researcher, nonprofit and community leader, events/publicity coordinator, environmental justice activist, and for heritage preservation. She inspired countless numbers of people and words cannot do justice to our sense of catastrophic loss. Those in her presence felt her zeal for life, selflessness, and gentle and compassionate spirit. She was, indeed, deeply loved by her family and friends. Her devotion to the peace movement is reflected in her poem, I Can See Peace where she wrote, “Find our place of gentle miracles—I’ll meet you there”. Yes, we will meet you there and hope you have the peace you so desperately sought. You will remain forever in our hearts.
Celebrations of life will be planned for the summer and held in Pottstown, PA and Hartford, CT. Please refer to her Facebook page for details.
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