Virginia Sue Bader 1928-2020

Virginia Sue Bader 1928-2020

Virginia Sue Bader, 92, passed away on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at The Bluffs in Columbia, Mo. 

Sue was born on January 9, 1928 in Soldier, the daughter of Christian and Beulah (Johnston) Baertch, who preceded her in death. 

She grew up on the family’s farm in Soldier during the great depression, an experience that had a lasting impression on her life. She graduated from Soldier High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in Manhattan in 1949. She married Robert Smith Bader in 1948, with whom she had four sons. They later divorced. 

Sue is survived by her sons, Douglas (Gail) Bader, of Alton, Ill., Jonathan (Ann) Bader, of DeForest, Wisc., Eric (Valerie) Bader, of Columbia, Mo., and Joel (Rebecca) Bader, of Columbia, Mo.; a sister, Mary Rumsey, of Madison, Wisc.; nine grandchildren; Christina, Emma, Sarah, Mira, Shireen, Allison, Reece, Olivia and Sophia; six great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. 

Sue was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathleen Ann Baertch and Carolee Clowers. 

Prior to having children, she worked as a hospital nutritionist in Chicago. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and bird watching and was an avid reader. She had a deep commitment to ethical values, human equality and responsible stewardship of the environment. She was involved with the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, the Ethical Society of St. Louis and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia. She was a skilled seamstress, volunteering her talents at the Repertoire Theater in St. Louis. 

Sue was a most loving, selfless and patient mother and grandmother who greatly enjoyed her family — always interested in their accomplishments, struggles or events, no matter how great or small. We’ll greatly miss her kindness, ready laugh, her loving words of encouragement, appreciation and support. 

The family is especially thankful for the loving care given Sue by the staff at the Bluffs and at Candlelight Lodge Assisted Living in Columbia.

Visitation will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia. Memorial services will follow at 4 p.m. at the church with the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon officiating. Private burial will be held at a later date in Soldier. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County or the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, sent in care of Memorial Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family at


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