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Mary Bauman

Mary Bauman

January 27, 1931 November 10, 2020

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Obituary

Obituary for Mary Theodore Bauman (Malanios)

Mary T. (Malanios) Bauman, 89, of Reading, Pennsylvania passed away at Penn State St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading, in the early hours of Tuesday, November 10, 2020. She died peacefully in her sleep after members of her close family gathered to say goodbye. Few people have the good fortune to die calmly, after spending time with loved ones, and few people deserve this ending more than Mary.

Mary was born in Reading to Greek immigrants, the late Theodore and Sophia (Nesotous) Malanios. Feisty and strong-willed, Mary embodied the grit and persistence that helped her mother survive multiple wars in Asia Minor before emigrating to America. Mary instilled in her descendants great respect for her parents’ story and their struggle to build better lives for the next generation.

She was a member of the Greek Orthodox faith and the greatest cook to ever live. The global caliber for baklava, spanakopita, roast lamb, and rice pudding has permanently declined with her passing. This is a fact, not an opinion, and her loved ones will fight to defend her koulourakia.

Mary was a devoted grandmother. She kept secrets like a Mafia don, with a bright smile and a twinkle in her eyes that let her grandchildren know that they could always trust their Nana. Mary was always in their corner, holding the water bottle and spit bucket, dabbing at black eyes and bloody noses, ready to hop into the ring to finish the fight. Her grandchildren, fueled into adulthood by her endless love and support, never asked their Nana to roll up her sleeves because doing so would be unfair to her opponent. Fiery to the end, Mary was either unable or unwilling to pull punches to protect her family. No one knows.

She is survived by her son, Nicholas Knauer, of Reading; grandson Jed Bauman and his partner, Roni Robinson-Adler, of Los Angeles; granddaughter Jorja Knauer, of New York; and grandson David Knauer, of Reading. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, David Bauman, and her brothers, George and Nick Malanios.

Mary and her sweet cat, Paulie, would probably encourage you to adopt a rescue cat in her memory.

A viewing will be held on Monday, November 16, 2020, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. with prayer service to follow at Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., 739 Penn Ave., West Reading, PA. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Park, 390 W Neversink Rd, Reading, PA 19606. Condolences may be expressed at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com.

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  • Visitation

    November 16, 2020 | 10:30am - 11:00am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    November 16, 2020
    10:30am - 11:00am
  • Service

    November 16, 2020 | 11:00am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    November 16, 2020
    11:00am
    Officiant
    Fr. Demetrius Nicoloudakis
  • Interment

    November 16, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Forest Hills Memorial Park
    391 W. Neversink Road
    READING, PA
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    November 16, 2020
    12:00pm

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Love this tribute, Mary sounds like she was a special lady.
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