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Marilyn Kay Bauer
February 7, 1958 ~ January 2, 2024 (age 65) 65 Years Old
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On January 2, 2024, Marilyn K. Bauer (Slauson) passed away peacefully at her home in Citrus Heights, California, surrounded by family. She was the second of six children born to Theodore and Janet Slauson on February 7, 1958, in Tacoma, Washington. As a child of the military, she lived in several states before her parents settled in Citrus Heights in 1970. She attended San Juan High School (class of 1976) and American River College where she received her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Marilyn always loved children and at a young age dreamed of working with them as a career. She spent many years working with young children at various day cares and learning centers.
In 1983, she married her longtime friend (and love of her life) Stephan Bauer in a whirlwind ceremony in Lake Tahoe. Stephan had begun his career in the Military Sea Lift Command and they got married while he was stateside, on leave. Together they settled in Foothill Farms and had two children, Andrew and Leslie. With Stephan’s career taking him all over the world, eventually, in 1997 the family had the opportunity to move to Naples, Italy.
Anyone who met Marilyn, soon learned that the adventures she shared with Stephan in Italy were closest to her heart. They were fortunate to be able to do three separate tours in that country totaling 12 years. Their time there was well spent visiting ancient ruins, historical sites and enjoying Italian cuisine. They returned home from their final tour in 2020 and shortly after, Stephan was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). Marilyn then spent her time caring for Stephan until he passed away from the disease in October 2021.
Marilyn is survived by her son, Andrew (Lindsey), and her daughter, Leslie, brothers Gary (Jill), Robert (Sandra), Daniel (Joseph) and Ted (Carlos). Marilyn is also survived by her sister-in-law, Janet, Mother in law, Christine, brother-in-law, Martin (Judy) and sister-in-law, Karen (Lare), numerous nieces and nephews and their extended families. In addition to Stephan, Marilyn was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Linda, brother-in-law, Tad, sister-in-law, Amy, nephew, Joshua and father-in-law, Wolfgang.
A celebration of life is being planned for the Spring and notification will be posted soon on Facebook (you may also email firstname.lastname@example.org for details). In lieu of flowers, donations in Marilyn’s memory may be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD), the American Cancer Society, Kansas City Pet Project or the charity of your choice.