Celebration of Life for Judith Bauer

Services will be live streamed on June 18, 2022 at 10:30am

Judith Kelsch Bauer, a native of Pittsburgh’s North Hills, who found good in everyone she met, died April 24, 2022, shocking her adoring family after a very brief illness. She was pure sunshine.

Judy graduated from St. Benedict’s Academy where she developed lifelong friends. She then spent 30 years raising her four children in Reserve Township with her beloved first husband, Mark Kelsch. She also worked as a teacher’s aide for the Shaler Area School District until her retirement in 1990.

After the death of her husband Mark Kelsch, Judy met and married David Bauer, a building products executive. They spent many years exploring the world through his work, in their RV, or on their sailboats. Upon retirement, the couple relocated to Punta Gorda, FL.

Along with her first husband, Judy was preceded in death by her parents Richard and Kathryn Leake, a brother Jeff Leake, sister Nancy McCauley, brother-in-laws Dee Hendricks, Bert Kelsch and Tom Auth and sister-in-laws, Stephanie Czelder and Mary Lee Auth.

She is survived by her second husband David R. Bauer of Stuart, FL, her sister Lori Hendricks of Hobe Sound, FL, her brother Jim Leake of Urbana, IL, her children Laura Benton (Will) of York, SC, Kris Moushey (Bill) of Hallandale Beach, FL, Nancy Amurgis (Chuck) of Mars, PA, and Mark Kelsch (Linda) of Uvita, Costa Rica. She is also survived by stepdaughters Christine Dennison (John) of Cudjoe Key, FL, Kathy Fuhr (Dave) of Valencia, PA, and Mary Beth Paterno (Steve) of Mount Gilead, NC. Judy is also survived by brother-in-laws, George Bauer (Dorothy), Ralph Kelsch (Clare) and sister-in-laws Marjorie O’Neil (Tom) and Mary Jane Kelsch.

She also left behind 12 cherished grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. All will “do good”,“carry on,” and ‘party on” as “Jude” would have wanted!

Family and friends are welcome to celebrate Judy’s life at a mass of Christian burial at 10:30 AM, June 18, 2022 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Stuart, FL. A party will follow at Sandsprit Park in Stuart, FL. A Pittsburgh celebration will be scheduled at a later date.

The family invites friends to share their memories of Judy here: www.dignitymemorial.com. Details regarding the future Pittsburgh arrangements will be shared on this website.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Open Medicine Foundation www.omf.ngo or the Lupus Foundation www.lupus.org. These organizations held a special meaning for Judy.