Grafton- Karan E. Bauer, (nee Palitsch,) 79, passed away peacefully, March 17, 2022 at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Hospice unit; following a brief illness.
Karan was born in Troy to the late Norman and Leola (Birch) Palitsch, June 3, 1942 and raised in Cropseyville alongside her siblings; Shirley Sipes, Norman “Buster” Palitsch and Tamee Yankowski, all whom survive.
Karan was a member of the first graduating class of Tamarac High School in 1960 and earned a B.A. in Education with emphasis in Home Economics from SUNY Oneonta in 1966.
On June 25, 1966, she married William Bauer and moved to Cutchogue where she and Bill established their home and raised four children. Throughout this time, Karan enjoyed being a “stay at home mother,” as her children grew. However, she returned to college and earned a Master’s Degree in Education in 1988 at Long Island University. As the children left the family nest, Karan returned to the work force as an assistant for the former King Kullen Pharmacy in Cutchogue. She enjoyed interacting with and assisting her many customers. While residing on Long Island, Karan was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Southold and later the Cutchogue Presbyterian Church. Her particular passion was in providing goods for and assisting at several area church food pantries and during the holiday season would bake over a thousand cookies that she would distribute to her family and friends.
Karan returned to upstate New York and settled in Grafton in 2004. She was employed at the Rensselaer ARC where she enjoyed working as an adult care worker with many residents until retiring in 2015. In her retirement, Karan loved spending time with her close friends and extended family and used her quiet time to read and cook.
In addition to her siblings, Karan is survived by her daughters; Rebecca (Gene) Christian of Dunellen, NJ, Tabitha (Marshall) Lyon of Decatur, GA, Rachele Bauer of Delmar and a son, Matthew (Anna) Bauer of Delmar, her former husband, William “Bill” Bauer of Florida and seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Emily and Alexander Christian, Jack and Luke Lyon and Katherine and Charlotte Bauer.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Karan on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 NY Route7, located in Raymertown. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
At the request of Karan’s family, memorial contributions if desired, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the food bank of your choice or to OrangeStreetcats.org in memory of Karan E. Bauer.