Death of Liene Bauman

   Life Stories | Posted on May 12, 2022

Liene Bauman, 82, of Berrien Springs, died April 1, 2022, at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph.

A memorial service will be at 12 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Michiana Fil-Am Seventh-day Adventist Church, Berrien Springs. Messages and memories may be shared online at

Liene was born May 31, 1939, in Riga, Latvia, the daughter of Fridrichs and Lucija Viksne. She left Latvia with her family quietly on Oct. 4, 1944, to escape communist Russia’s takeover. Her father was an officer in the Latvian Army, and he was about to be either killed or sent to the Siberian labor camps if he stayed. Her mother was a nurse, and they spent the rest of World War II in Germany, first in Saalfeld, Germany, then in a displaced persons camp near Nurnberg.

They came to the U.S. in July 1950 and settled in Fishkill, New York, about 65 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River. In 1957 Liene graduated from Wappingers Center High School, then graduated in 1961 from the University of Buffalo, School of Pharmacy. She worked as a pharmacist until June 1967 when she married Dr. Ulrich (Uldis) Bauman and moved to Trenton, New Jersey, where he was a professor of violin at Trenton State College. They had two sons, Alfred and Egil. Egil was born encephalic. When he was older (still never could take care of himself), she took care of him until Egil passed in 1990 at the age of 16.

The family came to Berrien Springs in the fall of 1980. Her husband, Dr. Ulrich Bauman, suffered a possible career-ending hand injury and went to Andrews University to study theology after having recently converting to Seventh-day Adventism. Due to moving several times before this, she chose not to work in pharmacy again because each state required a new pharmacy license which takes a couple of years to attain and state boards need to be taken in each state. She took and acquired four pharmacy licenses, in New York State, New Jersey, Ohio and Michigan. After passing the Michigan State Boards, there were no jobs available locally for some time, so she started work at Apple Valley. She worked there for 19 years until her retirement in October 2009. Before then she worked for several years at the Andrews University Post Office as a postal clerk.

Her husband, Dr. Ulrich Bauman, passed away in December 2007. She leaves a son, Alfred, two granddaughters, Jeannee and Adara, and her brother, Janis (John) Viksne who lives in Springfield, Virginia.