Claire Louise (Judd) Bauder, 86, died on June 14 at Foulkeways Retirement Community in Gwynedd, PA. She was married for 50 years to the Reverend Colonel Richard K. Bauder until his passing in 2000. For most of their marriage, they resided in Philadelphia, retiring to Oquossoc, Maine.
Claire was the youngest of 10 children, spending her early childhood on the family farm in Wassergass, PA. After the family moved to Hellertown, PA, Claire met Richard in high school and they married in 1950. In 1959, Rich & Claire moved to Philadelphia where he served as Rector at Grace Episcopal (now Grace Epiphany) Church in Mt. Airy for 30 years.
She was a caring and loving partner to Rich, her four boys and three grandchildren. She was a talented quilter, sang in the choir and was a wonderful baker - especially known for her wet bottom Shoo-Fly Pie - a true testament to her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. She worked as secretary at Grace and for many years at Beech Advertising downtown. In 1990, after years of summering at their Maine cabin on Rangeley Lake, Rich & Claire "retired" there. She had a busy life in Maine, volunteering at the Church of the Good Shepherd - with the choir, quilting group, Ladies Breakfast Group, and ECW society. Rich & Claire enjoyed hiking and cross country skiing in the winter, and cruises on Rangeley Lake with their pontoon boat, The Colonel's Lady, welcoming frequent family & friends. After Rich's passing, Claire remained in Maine until 2006, when she moved to Foulkeways to be closer to family, while still enjoying summer visits to Maine. Shortly after her move "home" she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
She is survived by sons Richard J. and his wife Sandie; Bruce and wife Sally, their children William and wife Laura, Kathryn; Todd; Tim and wife Laura, and their daughter Natalie. A service was held at the Church of the Good Shepard with internment at Evergreen Cemetery in Rangeley, ME.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Salvation Army.