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V. Susan “Topsy” Bauer, 85, of East Haven, passed away peacefully at Apple Rehab–Laurel Woods, East Haven, on June 21. She was the wife of the late James A. Bauer. She was born in Yonkers, New York on Jan. 27, 1935, to the late Sanford and Veronica Dlugos Semegran.
Susan worked as a medical secretary for Dr. Harold Levy of Branford. She was there for more than 50 years, alongside her dear friend Sue Morgan, both known by their patients as the “Levy Lifers.” She was also a lunch mother at Ferrara School, a Cub Scout den mother, and Summit Gardens Women’s Club member’ all in Foxon; played trumpet for the Bradford Manor Drum and Bugle Corps; and was very active at the Old Stone Church.
She loved watching her grandchildren compete in their various sporting activities, spending weeks in the summer up at Deepwood Lodges on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, and watching her UConn Lady Huskies. She was also an avid New York Yankees fan. A special highlight for Sue since 1987 each year was her involvement and support of the two-decade-long Jim Bauer Annual Youth Hockey Tournament named in honor of her husband. Her children and grandchildren were involved in the Thanksgiving-time event in working everything from tickets to concessions, as well as competing as players in the tourney.
She leaves two sons, Scott S. (Joanne) Bauer of Madison and James J. (Lisa) Bauer of Lakeville, Massachusetts (formerly of Portsmouth, Rhode Island); a daughter, Linda S. LaLuna of East Haven; seven grandchildren, Michael, Zachary, and Caitlyn Campbell and Christopher (Samantha), Tyler, Kendall, and Jake Bauer; as well as a brother, John (Jack) and a sister-in-law, Kay Bauer of Cabot, Alaska. Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Sondra Swarbrick, and a son-in-law, Leonard J. LaLuna.
Sue’s family would like to offer a special heartfelt thank you to Dr. Harold Levy for the continuous loving care he provided to their mother no matter where she was.
There was a brief service June 27 at the East Haven Memorial Longobardi–Brennan Funeral Home, 425 Main St., East Haven, 203-467-1708. Burial and a graveside service were conducted at All Saints Cemetery immediately following. In addition, when the effects of the pandemic have softened, the family will have a celebration of life at a time and date to be determined. Memorial contributions may be made to Seasons Hospice or the Old Stone Church, 251 Main St., East Haven, CT 06512. Please visit Sue’s memorial page at easthavenmemorial.com and sign her guest book.
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