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Joseph John Bauer

Joseph John Bauer, 53, beloved Father, son, stepson, brother, son-law, teacher and friend passed away in Hampton, VA on Monday, February 9, 2015.

Joe was born March 28, 1961 in Pittsburgh, PA. He was the son of the late Madeline (Lemak) and Norbert John Bauer. Later, he was blessed by his second father, the late "Tippy Joe" Tirpak.

He graduated from McKeesport High School. He then continued his education at Penn State University with a B.S. in Special Education. The warm weather and beautiful waters of the VA Peninsula lured him to where he felt most at home. He became a Teacher/Counselor (T/C) for S.E.C.E.P, changing the lives of teenagers with the diagnosis of S.E.D. (Severely Emotionally Disorder). He was awarded T/C of the Year in VA, and recognized by the national program, American Re-EDucation Association. He moved to Hampton, VA teaching both elementary and middle school with Autistic children, and was again elected Teacher of the Year in the Hampton Public School System. He earned his M.Ed. in Special Education at Hampton University. He completed his career in Newport News Public Schools, once again receiving the Teacher of the Year Award.

He will be immensely missed by all the children, parents and school staffs. In his free time, Joe was known to be fun-loving and loyal, particularly when playing on softball, bowling, and poker leagues. He was a genius at Scrabble, learned and liked to play golf, was fanatical about fishing, anytime, anywhere, and truly dedicated to the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, his greatest love was his daughter, whom he nicknamed Maddie-Pat, in order to honor both grandmothers, for whom she was named. She radiated light into his life and he was extraordinarily proud of her.

He is also survived by his brother John Bauer (Marie) and his sister Madeline Jassop (Bill). Including those who will miss him are aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. It would be impossible to count how many dear friends he accumulated throughout his lifetime. He was generous with his time and talents, and helped anyone who needed it. A Memorial Service will be conducted by Father Prince on Saturday, March 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2150 Cunningham Drive, Hampton, VA 23666. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, Joe wanted nothing more than to take care of his "Baby Girl". He requested and would be so very grateful if donations were made to the Madeline P. Bauer College Fund that has been established at Bayport Credit Union, 12512 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606.

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