Obituary for Janice Marie Baker

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Janice Marie Baker

May 4, 1923 - July 17, 2016


Janice Marie Baker, age 93, died peacefully Saturday July 17, 2016 at Kobacker House in Columbus, Ohio. Preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Richard Baker, Sr.  Her Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Redeemer United Methodist Church, 235 McNaughten Rd, Columbus, OH 43213.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either: Kobacker House, Ohio Health Hospice, 800 McConnell Rd. Columbus, OH 43214 or Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services, 1060 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH 43203.

Patricia Wagner posted on August 3, 2016

The Wagner family shared a cottage at Lakeside with the Bakers for many years. We came to feel like family. I remember Jan as a vivacious and loving person, deeply committed to the well being of the disinherited. She stayed in touch with my mom, Miriam until her death in June. I was sorry to not learn about Jan's death until now, and hope that that Vicky and Jodi and all the family know that our thoughts are with them in this sad time.


Jon Lundberg posted on July 26, 2016

Janice Marie Baker became my mother-in-law relatively later in her marvelous life. I was immediately welcomed, literally with open arms. Thus, I became her unofficially adopted "second son". What I will most miss is her ever-present effervescence. I remember opera singer Beverly Sills having the nickname "bubbles". That moniker fit Jan Baker to a "T". She was intelligent and curious because she really wanted to know. She was also industrious and hard-working because she knew poverty. But that certainly was not a problem with her soul for that aspect of who she was, was always open, loving and supportive. Her best present to me was birthing Sandra Baker (her eldest) my amazing wife. I will sorely miss this shining LIGHT. May her spirit forever soar with the angels!


Anne (Sorg) Grossman posted on July 24, 2016

As a childhood friend of Jenny, her daughter, I often spent more time at Mrs. Baker's home, than I did at my own. She was always a kind and articulate person, eager to impart wisdom. I have so many fond memories! May God bless her family and friends and grant them comfort and peace at this difficult time.


Joseph E. Swearengin posted on July 22, 2016

With only fond memories of Jan, my condolences to her family.


Jen Knittle posted on July 22, 2016

Jan is a friend through Altrusa. Her spirit and spunk will be greatly missed. Jan was a true inspiration to our group and to me personally. She always had a kind thing to say and I was so impressed by all her travel stories. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. XO


Thomas Lacey posted on July 21, 2016

My sincerest sympathy to the family for their loss.


 


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