Meet Lisa Baue
3rd Generation President/CEO
When Lisa Baue was a little girl, dancing with her feet on top of her father’s, as little girls like to do, she never dreamed that one day she’d be asked to fill his very big shoes. When her father died unexpectedly in 1987, though, that’s exactly what she needed to do. Just eight years after she joined the family business, Lisa stepped up as the Owner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Baue Funeral Homes, Crematory, and Cemetery, and her leadership has ushered in a new era of life-honoring tradition and compassionate support.
Baue has always been a family business. Founded in 1935 by Lisa’s grandfather, Arthur C. Baue, and continued under her father, David C. Baue, it’s still family owned and operated. Today, the business has a team of close to 100 staff, including Lisa, her son, John Baue Devaney, and her brother, Paul Baue. Under Lisa’s leadership, Baue has grown from one funeral home to three beautiful locations, offering a wide range of unique services, from cemetery and preplanning services to grief counseling and pet memorialization. Lisa and her team constantly strive to provide new and meaningful services to meet the growing and diverse needs of their community, through care that is not only compassionate but also comprehensive.
Ultimately Lisa Baue is a home town girl, who graduated in 1974 from St. Charles High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She then graduated from the National Foundation of Funeral Service Management School in Evanston, IL, where she served as a member of their board of directors and an instructor of its Management School for many years. She’s a natural leader, who not only steers the Baue team but is also a nationally recognized speaker in her profession, conducting educational programs and training to funeral service professionals.
Lisa is passionate about giving back to her community. Over the years, she has served on numerous community boards and is a current member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes Board of Directors, a member of Hope Lutheran Church Parish Council, the Rotary Club of St Charles and the Partners for Progress organization. She has been involved in organizations as diverse as the St. Charles Crime Stoppers Program, the St. Charles County Salvation Army Council and the Economic Development Council of St. Charles County. In addition her volunteering for these community groups, Lisa is a certified Stephen Leader, and she has worked as a volunteer mentoring others who support and care for people going through difficult times in their lives.
The strength of the Baue family bond is apparent in the unity of the Baue team, and the care they show to the community. The Baue staff consists of the most compassionate, dedicated, highly educated and professional team members in the region. They believe in “giving back” to the community they serve and under Lisa’s leadership, they Volunteer 100’s of hours for local charities in St. Charles County and the surrounding region.
Lisa still makes time for family. She lives in the City of St. Charles, with her husband Monte Crabbs, their Golden Retriever, Lucy and Yellow Lab, Duncan. She is a life-long lover of animals and the outdoors, and her personal interests include, fishing, gardening, horseback riding, water sports, and snow skiing.
Her family includes her son John, daughter-in-law Emily and grandson Jaxon, who live in St. Charles. Her daughter, Erin is an event planner in Chicago. Her brother Paul one the managers at Baue lives in St. Charles with his wife Amy and son Mason, her brother Mark resides in Fairfax, California.