Master Beekeeper of Twin Spruce Apiary
I am preparing the shelves at the StarCatcher Herb Shop for filling with my favorite things. One of those things is my father's Catskill Mountain honey which is extracted at Twin Spruce Apiary, the apiary my grandfather, Wolfgang, started in the 1940s and a place I called home from my birth.
My father packed a case of honey for my new store this week. While packing, he told me that his body could no longer continue with the demanding work of full-time beekeeping. I knew it was so and understood. A life of incredibly impressive (awesome!) physical labor had been slowly unraveling and now was near its end.
I drove my case of honey back to Gloversville not knowing that this exchange would be our last exchange. My father passed away on April 15, 2019. Walter Bauer died near his extracting house, working as best he could and waiting for another day's visitors. He was a worker bee himself, a student of the lessons Mother Nature teaches through bees, and this page I lovingly include and dedicate to my fellow human traveler; one whose to life and work was my destiny to be close to. I wish you so much good on your journey forward, Dad. Blessings to all those who work closely with the Earth to bring us nourishment and health so we can bring forth our talents and contributions, too. -Sheri
Beloved husband, father, and friend, Walter Wolfgang Bauer passed away from this earthly life at his home in Climax, New York on April 15, 2019. Walter was known as the local Greene County beekeeper who, together with father, Wolfgang Bauer , Jessie Bauer (mother), Nonie Bauer (wife), Walter Jeffrey Bauer (son), ran and worked Twin Spruce Apiary. The labels on the honey jars and the trucks owned by the apiary advertised the 70+ year old business as "Wolfgang Bauer and Son."
Walter had many jobs before the apiary operated full time: as carpenter for the Empire State Plaza construction, as a dock worker for the Port of Albany, as a loom setter for Albany Felt Company, and for Conrail at the Selkirk train yard. In the 1970s Walter and Wolfgang began to run the apiary full-time with 1200 hives distributed throughout the Catskill Mountains. From 1989 - 2014 Walter and Nonie sold Twin Spruce Apiary honey at the Union Square Market in NYC. Every Saturday morning the couple traveled to Union Square bringing Catskill Mountain wildflower honey, buckwheat honey, homemade candles, baked goods, and Hudson Valley flowers to devoted customers in NYC.
Walter was also a member of an organization started by his father, known as the “Steuben Glee Club" contributing both his robust and fine bass voice to the glee club's chorus and assisting in managing the barbecue pit for the organization’s well attended community picnics. Trombone playing, drumming for a local drum corp, and dancing, were favorite breaks from the worker bee pace of beekeeping.
Walter was son of Wolfgang and Jessie Bauer, husband to Norma Bauer, brother to Janet Keinath, father to Sheri Bauer & Walter Jeffrey Bauer, grandfather to Nicolas and Juan Carlos Mayorga, uncle, cousin, nephew, brother-in-law, friend, and good host to many who visited Twin Spruce Apiary. Memorial service will be announced by the Bauer family. In lieu of flowers, donations can made to AnimalKind 721 Warren Street Hudson, NY 12534