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Baker, Mary Lou (Rosenbaum) -- 1927 - 2011


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 6/18/2012 at 10:19:24

Source: Schluter - Balik Funeral Home database

Mary Lou Baker, age 84, of Fort Atkinson, IA, died on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at the Barthell Eastern Star Home in Decorah, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at St. John's Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson, IA, with Rev. Nick March presiding. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m., on Friday at the Schluter - Balik Funeral Home, Chekal Chapel, Fort Atkinson, IA. There will be a rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a scripture service at 5:00 p.m., on Friday.

Mary Lou (Rosenbaum) Baker was born on March 3, 1927, the daughter of Louis and Mathilda (Huber) Rosenbaum, in Cresco, IA. Mary Lou attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Festina and sang in the choir at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church. She worked on the farm and helped area families when they had babies. She worked as a waitress at the Sweet Shop, Frederick’s and Nielson’s Café. Mary Lou married Michael Baker on November 22, 1975, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson. She loved to mow her lawn, tend her garden and play softball. Mary Lou was well known for her baking talent, making delicious zucchini cake, homemade bread and cinnamon rolls that her grandchildren so dearly loved. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and welcomed all to her large kitchen table; which was the center of Sunday visits by her family and siblings. Mary Lou enjoyed country music and was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church.

Mary Lou is survived by her four children: Dennis (Diane) Baker, Calmar, IA; Betty Lou (Patrick) Cowan, Ottumwa, IA; Michael Baker, Jr., Decorah, IA; and Donald Baker, West Union, IA. Seven grandchildren: William (Janice) Baker, David (Marea) Baker, Jewell Ann (Brian) Pahl, Dennis Jude (Sara) Bakula, Julia (Brad) Sherman, Rebecca (Shane Christy) Walker and Mary (Paul) Wilkins. Sixteen great grandchildren: Sarah & Josiah Baker, Kaylee, Grace, Jonathan & Annabelle Baker, Hannah & Jordan Pahl, Danner & Garrett Bakula, Jackson Sherman, Heaven Marie Walker, Sebastion & Rebekah Christy, Carson & Danika Wilkins. Three sisters: Rita Shindelar, West Union, IA; Ruth Hansel, Fort Atkinson, IA; and Dorothy Smith, Cresco, IA. Three brothers: Fred Rosenbaum, Waucoma, IA; George Rosenbaum, Mason City, IA; and Gilbert (Carmelita) Rosenbaum, New Hampton, IA.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents: Louis and Mathilda (Huber) Rosenbaum. Her husband: Michael Baker, Sr. on Oct. 29, 1999. One grandson: Isaiah Baker on April 20, 2005. Two sisters: Evelyn Gillem and Carmella Holtey. One sister-in-law: Lavon Rosenbaum. Five brothers-in-law: Ray Gillem, Ralph “Bud” Holtey, Daniel Shindelar, Don Hansel and Stan Smith.

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