2017 Volunteer of the Year Nominee: Lisa Baue, Baue Funeral Homes

Lisa A. Baue is the third-generation President/CEO and Owner of Baue Funeral Homes, Crematory and Cemetery serving St. Charles County since 1987. The company was founded in 1935 and serves the Greater St. Charles County and St. Louis counties.

Lisa along with her son, John Baue Devaney, and their staff of close to 100 team members have grown her family-owned business to three funeral home locations, St. Charles County’s first onsite crematory, a Flower and Gift Shop, three Reception centers, and a beautiful 80-acre Cemetery and Cremation Park, St. Charles Memorial Gardens, that includes new mausoleums and theme gardens for burial and cremation. Lisa’s business also includes Baue Pet Services, a Counseling Center for Hope and Healing, a monument business, and the area’s largest Senior Club, Silver & Gold. Each year, Lisa and her staff host a Healthy Living Senior Fair in St. Charles County that serves over 1,200 seniors and is the largest senior fair in the county.

Under Lisa’s leadership, Baue offers personalized service options that are unique to the region. Lisa and her team constantly strive to provide new and meaningful services to meet the growing and diverse needs of its community.

Lisa was instrumental in developing Baue’s anti-drug/anti-drink ad campaign in the 1990s, which received commendations from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Midwest Division. Her company was awarded the St. Peters Chamber of Commerce Pacesetter Award and was given the Healthy Communities 2000 Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Health of Our Community.

The Baue family tradition is to support and give back to its community. Lisa and her staff raise funds for and support the Salvation Army, an organization very dear to Lisa’s heart. Her grandfather, Arthur C. Baue, was one of the founding fathers of the St. Charles Chapter of the Salvation Army. They also conduct over 300 educational programs for clergy, hospice, civic and community groups throughout the year.

Lisa’s community service includes serving on a National Funeral Service Board, Selected Independent Funeral Homes (2016-2018). She is a 1993 recipient of the Athena Award, and a member of their association, past member of Hope Lutheran Church Parish Council, current member and Past President of Rotary Club of St. Charles, Past President of Preferred Funeral Directors International, Past Board Chair of the Partners for Progress in St. Charles County, the Economic Development Center Board of Directors, and founding President of the St. Charles Crimestoppers Board.

In 2010, she was the recipient of the St. Louis Business Journal Business Woman of the Year Award, and in 2011, she received the Winning Women Regional Economic Development Award in the St. Charles Region. In 2012, she received recognition in Small Business Monthly as one of the Top 100 St. Louisan’s To Know. In 2014, she received the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award. Lisa served as a member of the board of directors for the National Foundation of Funeral Service Management School and is a nationally-recognized speaker in her profession conducting educational programs and training to funeral service professionals.