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April 9, 1993 — Dec. 1 2014

CHETEK, Wis. — Brooke “Tink” Baures, 21, of Chetek died Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.

She was born to Ronald and Kerrie (Clark) Baures April 9, 1993, at Ladysmith, Wis. Brooke graduated from the Cameron High School in 2011, and was currently a senior student at WSU, Winona, majoring in social work.

Brooke Baures is survived by her parents, Ron and Kerrie Baures of Chetek; maternal grandfather, Arthur Clark of Exeland, Wis.; paternal grandparents, Lorraine and Thomas Baures of Fountain City, Wis.; sister and best friend, Bekka Baures of Chetek; aunts and uncles, Julie and Mike Hoffman of Rollingstone, Minn., Robert (godfather) and Kristine Baures of Fountain City, Dawn and Thomas Clark of Rice Lake, Wis., and Todd Clark of Exeland; cousins, Taylor Baures of Fountain City, and Natalie and Ashley Hoffman of Rollingstone, Graydon Clark of Rice Lake, and Jenna Clark of Bruce, Wis.; great-uncle, Gerald Baures of Fountain City; godmother, Julie Predni of Trego, Wis.; and best friend, Joel Hinke of Winona. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Codetta Clark.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cameron, Wis., with Fr. James Bartelme officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cameron.

A memorial fund is being set up at Sterling Bank in Chetek.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Appleyard’s Home for Funerals, 19 W. Messenger St., Rice Lake, Wis.

27 Loving Thoughts from Brooke, written by her family:

Dear friends and family,

1. It was my life’s joy and pleasure to know all of you.

2. I knew my parents loved me because they fashioned me with this great big smile and I’ve always loved sharing it with everyone.

3. My best friend was my younger sister, Bekka. I loved watching Bekka grow into a fine young lady and I’ll be flashing her my trademark smile from Heaven.

4. Although I didn’t plan it this way Bekka, now is your time to “Dig Deep.”

5. Hugs and kisses to Grandpa Clark, my biggest baking fan. Grandma Clark and I will be watching you from Heaven, smelling those apple pies and smiling.

6. I will always be grateful to Grandma and Grandpa Baures, who provided a safe haven for me during my three college years, plus lots of food and free laundry services.

7. I loved all of my family events with aunts, uncles and cousins. Sledding, Ping Pong, campfires, cookouts, holidays and time relaxing at Warrens.

8. Thank you to my special parents. I was blessed to be the oldest cousin and I took that responsibility very seriously.

9. I enjoyed running track at Cameron High School! I appreciated all of the information that was downloaded into my young mind by my teachers.

10. FYI to the WSU football team, you need to work on your planking skills.

11. To my gym sisters at Deutsch’s, I will miss the hugs and laughs, but not those timed runs.

12. My amazing last gymnastics season, level 10, and my trip to Long Beach, Calif., for USAG Nationals found us lost on 27th Street and Oceana, and in hotel room #27, “Viva 27.”

13. I enjoyed my competition years at Winona State and making it to Nationals in NCAA — DIII for three years and earning All-American Honors.

14. My favorite event was warm-ups…but competed bars and beam best.

15. My greatest joy was encouraging my teammates.

16. To the amazing love of my life, Joel, you made me so happy and gave me direction. I’ll miss your strong arms.

17. My last trip was with Joel to Chicago, to see Dan and Shay, an early Christmas gift. BOOM!!

18. I hope Joel won’t mind, but my best kisser was Bailey girl.

19. I just finished and submitted my application for graduation from WSU with a degree in social work. You see, I loved helping others! Class of 2015. I’ll miss that cap and gown.

20. I enjoyed being creative. Photography, posters and decorating. One of my favorite inspirations was, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”

21. For Steph…we did so much together. Mama, I’m afraid I’ll miss your wedding. Please don’t choose yellow, I never did look good in yellow.

22. I have such fond memories of coaching, leadership is key. We have all been coached to be leaders in our communities.

23. I became a better athlete by coaching and found that the kids taught me as much as I taught them. Please remember me as your inspiration. I loved you all.

24. My biggest love must be my family. Don’t forget to tell yours how much you love them. Life is so precious and short.

25. My biggest strength might be my arms! Hugging everyone…lots of reps repeat often.

26. My biggest asset could be my smile. Use yours often, my friends. Make someone’s day!

27. My biggest joys were living and loving! So go make a difference in this world!

Brooke’s last tweet was, what defines you is how you rise after a fall.

Love always,

Brooke

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