2013 June 18: Kathleen Baier


We sadly inform our members that friend and associate, Kathy Baier, passed on June 18 after a continuing battle with cancer. Kathy was one of those special people we all were immediately attracted to, because of her intellect, candor and wonderful dry sense of humor. She will be greatly missed and our hearts go out to Joe in this difficult time.


Kathleen Mary Baier, 65, died June 18, 2013, at her home in Long Beach, California. Kathleen was born March 14, 1948, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to Lawrence and Vera Baier. She graduated from Lourdes High School in 1966 and after completing her degree from University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in 1970, she was employed by Walgreens in Chicago.


In the early 1980's Kathleen moved to Southern California to accept a position to build and lead compensation function for Sav-on Drug Stores. She continued working for the company, through several mergers and acquisitions, in various leadership roles within the human resources department. By 2007 when she retired, the company was known as CVS (now CVS/Caremark). She married Joseph LaPine on May 11, 2007 at their home in the Bluff Park neighborhood of Long Beach where they have resided since 1999. After retiring, Kathleen studied Horticulture at Long Beach City College. In addition to gardening at home, she volunteered many hours creating and maintaining the gardens at the historical Long Beach Bembridge House as well as the program at City College.

Kathy was a voracious reader and loved to bicycle throughout East Long Beach with friends. Per her request, there will be no services. She is survived by her husband, Joe; sister, Pat Schumerth (Mike); half sister, Marge Westover; brothers-in-law, John LaPine (Kathy), Tim LaPine (Julie), and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, infant brother James, infant sister Mary, half-sister Carol Pucci Ginke, half-brothers-in-law Paul Pucci and Gerald Westover.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Kathy's honor to: St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, 1100 W. Stewart Dr., Orange, CA 92868 www.sjo.org.

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