Kent A Baumann

Baumann, Kent A. Of Mequon, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 28, 2012, at the age of 57. Beloved husband and best friend of Marcy (nee Krueger). Proud and loving Dad of Kelton, Molly and Lukas Baumann. Devoted son of Carol (nee Ehlert). Preceded in death by his father, Herbert Baumann and son, Chadwick Baumann. Further survived by his brother, Michael Baumann, other relatives and a host of good friends. Kent was President of Bonniwell Financial Services. He was a Chartered Financial Consultant and a Chartered Life Underwriter. He was a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Kent was a proud '73 graduate of Nicolet High School and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. An Open House in celebration of Kent's life will be held on Saturday, August 11, at The Mequon Nature Preserve, 8200 W. County Line Road, Mequon, from 1-4 PM with a memorial tribute at 2:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chadwick Baumann Brain Tumor Fund, c/o Children's Hospital Foundation, MS 3050, P.O. Box 1997, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1997. Gone Fishing !!
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from August 1 to August 5, 2012


go to bottom 
  Post Comment

08/12/12 03:04 AM #1    

Rick Bernstein

We will always have a connection in life as we spent years together becoming adults. We learned what friendship is about and were there for each other when life took a bad turn, whether by mistakes we made or events we could not control. We vowed to always stay in touch, no matter what. Many friendships have withstood the test of time.

The years have seemingly flown by as our 40th Reunion is coming up next year. Today I attended the memorial service for our classmate, Kent Baumann. It was a beautiful service as the hall was packed. Kent was in contact with many class of 73ers over the years as he strived to stay close to his roots. He was a good friend and a good man and he will be missed.

Today made me reflect on the 6 classmates we have lost in the last 7 months. It made me aware of just how precious life they say, "Every day is a gift". Kent lived his life that way and that is a reminder to all of us to do the same.

These last 4 years have been the most challenging years for many financially. The added stress has affected most of us emotionally, if not physically. It is so important for us to rely on family and friends to help us, much the way we did back at Nicolet.

Let's stay in touch...there is no better therapy than having a friend who may very well be experiencing the same stress. Do what ever you need to do to reduce the stress level in your life. After all...every day is a gift.

08/18/12 11:53 AM #2    

Bill Edwards

I was stunned to learn of Kent's passing from a friend who was a volunteer parent with Kent & Marcie at Homestead High School. Both Kent & Marcie gave generously of their time to the school district & community. Kent was a volunteer parent when our sons traveled with the Homestead Symphony Orchestra to Italy (2009).

Already mentioned, Kent was a very outgoing, "type A" people person. While he did have that "tough facade" in high school, he was very bright & concientious. There was one time that he came to my aid in gym class when a few people were "leaning on me" a bit.

When seniors, we were in Mr. Jung's Physics class. The classroom is the first room on your left when climbing the stairs into F-wing from the student commons.  The reason I mention this is because Kent discovered something out about the physics of that classroom! As he sat in a his desk across from me. he discovered that he could shake his legs under the desk in a certain way to cause the whole floor to "vibrate" on our side of the classroom. It was ONLY in that spot believe or not to get this to work. :-)  But it sure made Physics a lot more bearable for me.

After Nicolet, I would always run into Kent at UWM. He was putting himself thru school & pulling excellent grades. After graduating from UWM with a degree in business, he founded Boniwwell Financial Services - - - with many high profile clients & networking connections.

In latter years, I would run into Kent quite frequently & he would always be checking on me (and others) if we did get a little lax on the phone. His Facebook entries were a lot of fun to read, as well as his passions for golf & fishing.

If you wanted to hear some great nostalgic stories from high school via Kent, all you had to do was mention one word - - - "Wren's".  Hopefully, some of these stories will be resurrected by those of you that were participants at our next reunion. LOL

Finally, I am so moved by Kent & a number of you that took such a personal interest in "Freddy" (Grifenhagen). Kent would always make time for Fred, take him out for a bite, counsel him - - - to be helpful to Fred where Kent was able to - - so hard to believe that Freddie - now Kent are no longer with us. This is so hard to comprehend ...



08/18/12 12:05 PM #3    

Jed Dolnick

I met Kent on my very first day at Nicolet, in Mrs. Goodkind's Freshman English class. It didn't go well that day or the rest of the year. I don't recall seeing him again at Nicolet. Flash forward many years later. My wife and I walk into a restaurant, and I hear my name called. Look out, it's Kent Baumann. That he recognized me... or even remembered me...  was amazing. And he couldn't have been nicer. We had only a few minutes to catch up. I was genuinely happy that he called out and we got to talk. I wish we'd gotten to know each other better at Nicolet, and I was very sorry when I learned that he passed away.

08/22/12 04:02 PM #4    

Deborah Stack (Gulbranson)

I did not keep in touch with Kent after HS....but did recently hook up 4 months before his passing on Facebook..I am so glad I remark I remember asking Kent was did \you marry someone from HS...he said heck no...those girls knew me!!! loved his Facebook....we all hope to keep his page going ....he will be missed was taken to short....then reading on Bill Edwards page that Kent kept in touch with our dear Fred G truly amazed me.........DSG

08/23/12 01:35 PM #5    

Michael S Goodman

I remember him from at least one year of PE class.

Sorry to learn of his passing, as I am to learn that so many of our classmates are gone already!

go to top 
  Post Comment


Click here to see KENT's last Profile entry.