Harold Bauschke

Harold David Bauschke

Thursday, November 19th, 1925 - Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
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Harold David “Hal” Bauschke, 94, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away on July 28, 2020, at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stevensville, where he resided.

Hal entered the world on November 19, 1925, in Lowell, MI, the second of three sons born to Harvey and Amanda (Glover) Bauschke.

He was raised on a farm in Watervliet and graduated from Watervliet High School, class of 1944. He was drafted prior to graduation and was unable to complete his senior year. He was awarded his diploma at a later date. He served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater during WWII aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Woodworth (DD460). Hal was very proud of his naval service. He and his wife attended several crew reunions. Hal kept in touch with his former Captain throughout the Captain’s life.

Following his discharge, he obtained a Master Electrician’s license and was self-employed as an electrical contractor in Hartford.

On September 28, 1963, he married Rose (Piraino) Engler in St. Joseph and they were married for 52 years prior to her death in 2016.

After retirement, Hal and Rose traveled extensively in the U.S., as well as touring Europe several times, and visiting the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia.

He was a member of the Lions Club, a life member of the American Legion, and a devoted parishioner of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Jane Simmons of Lawrence, son Thomas Alan Bauschke of Watervliet; two grandchildren, Becky (Jeff) Ross of Ortonville, MI and Matt Simmons of Kalamazoo; two great-grandchildren, Ashlyn and Jason Ross; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Hal was preceded in death by his parents; wife Rose; and brothers Raymond and Gordon Bauschke.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services.
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Mark Searfoss

Posted at 12:41pm
Our deepest sympathy for Hal’s entire family on the loss of such a kind and caring man. We first met Hal and Rose at the Saturday 5pm mass as St. Bernards and a great friendship developed. The many dinners we had with them at various restaurants around SW Michigan as well as at our house are cherished memories for us. As we have missed Rose, we now will miss Hal as well. With Love, Brenda and Mark Searfoss

Father Bill Jacobs

Posted at 07:32pm
My sincere and heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your special "loved one." He and Rose were wonderful members of SS John Bernard Parish. You could pick out their home from blocks away due to the beautiful flowers that Harold kept an eye on. Rose was my right-hand gal regarding Hospital Visits. They formed a beautiful Couple - I recall visits to their beautiful home with my Assistant, Father Mike Reject. Always, a wonderful treat! I feel honored to have had your "loved ones" as a part of my twelve year journey at SS John & Bernard Parish. We know they are now back together - happily enjoying their well deserved reward ... Eternal rest Grant on to them O' Lord, and Let Perpetual Light Shine upon them./ May they Rest in Peace. Amen!
Fondly, Fr. Bill Jacobs - former Pastor of SS John & Bernard Parish.

Kim Erny

Posted at 09:12pm
I lived in the little white house across Mohawk from Hal and Rose from 1996-2000. The sweetest, most caring couple. I always got such a kick out of how proud Hal was with his lawn. Nobody could stand a chance to having a better manicured and green lawn. Such a sweet man.....I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace to your family. Sincerely, Kim Erny

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