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Brenna Marie Bauer

Brenna Marie Bauer

Brenna Marie Bauer

- May 13, 2020

Brenna Marie Bauer was born December 15, 1988, in Rapid City, SD, to Linn and Elizabeth (Szymanski) Bauer.  The Bauers were living at the Bauer Angus Ranch at Enning, SD, when the Enning/White Owl News headlines “Linn, Beth Bauer get early Christmas present” and indeed they did!  Brenna spent her first year on the Bauer Ranch before the family moved to Sturgis.  Her sense of adventure was fostered commuting to the ranch with her dad; often in his 1950 Stinson airplane, where her grandparents, Harold and June, doted on their young granddaughter.  Brenna was baptized in 1990 at the First Presbyterian Church of Sturgis, SD, where she also attended Sunday School and church.  She was confirmed before being ordained as a Deacon in 2006.  

     In 1991, the Bauers welcomed her brother, Benjamin, and a lifelong bond was formed.  She and Ben spent their youth in innocent pursuits of childhood such as picking chokecherries and looking for peacocks and kittens.  She grew up helping her dad with farming chores such as irrigation (her least favorite) and driving tractors.  Brenna enjoyed vacations with the family, fishing, camping, and playing sports; her true passion being fast-pitch softball.  She began playing tee-ball before graduating to slow-pitch softball and lettered in fast-pitch softball for the Scoopers.  She also participated in other sports in elementary and middle school.  She was an avid baseball fan; her favorite team was the Colorado Rockies.  She was an excellent student, very organized, worked on the student newspaper, played the tuba in middle school, took piano lessons for many years, and even a few organ lessons.  She was active in Job’s Daughters and served as Honored Queen of Bethel #12.  She graduated with honors from Sturgis Brown High School in 2007.  

     After high school graduation, Brenna attended a small campus of Penn State University where she could have her husky, Bud, with her.  She later transferred to Arizona State University and majored in air traffic control and airport management.  She loved children and was employed as a nanny concurrent with her studies at both universities.  Brenna always had compassion for the disadvantaged whether animals or the people who touched her life.  It was while in Arizona that her nurturing nature blossomed as she discovered her passion for fostering dogs with special needs, inspiring her to create “Operation Pawsible K9 Rescue,” finding “furever” homes for over 150 dogs.  She worked tirelessly caring for the dogs as well as advertising and orchestrating adoption events while making lasting connections with businesses that regularly donated pet food and supplies.  Somewhere along the way, alcohol addiction took over Brenna’s life.  She traveled into a deep, dark tunnel from which she could not escape.

     Brenna Marie Bauer, 31, died March 27, 2020, in Gillette, WY.

     She is survived by her parents, Linn and Elizabeth “Beth”; her brother and best friend, Ben; her aunts, Julee (Lyle) Steinman, Kathryn (Henry) Karrels, Peggy (Dan) Bourdo, and Mary (Bill Martin) Szymanski; uncles, Kent (Sharon) Bauer and Bill (Pamela) Szymanski; many cousins; and her rescued dog, Nala.

     She was preceded in death by her grandparents, George and Bernice Szymanski and Harold and June Bauer; as well as her huskies, Bud and Maia.

     A service and inurnment will be held at a later date after the COVID-19 crisis has subsided.

     Memorials may be donated to an animal shelter/rescue of your choice, or a women’s crisis intervention shelter such as GARF (Gillette Abuse Refuge Foundation).

     Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.


Phone number: 605-347-4455
E-mail: [email protected]
Address: 1612 Junction Avenue, Suite #1
Sturgis, SD 57785