Baker, Mary I.

Written by David Green.

Mary I. Baker, 97, of rural Waldron, Mich., died Oct. 16, 2012, at her home. 

She was born Dec. 15, 1914, in Fulton County, Ohio, to the late Fred and Freida (Double) Schang. She married Wilford Baker on March 8, 1934, in Angola, Ind., and he preceded her in death in 1993.

Mary lived her early life in the Fayette area and attended Zone School. She was employed with Peter Stamping in Fayette for several years, and later retired from Strydel in Stryker, Ohio. Mary loved being with her family and she enjoyed attending horse races.

Mary is survived by a daughter, Catherine Leupp of Waldron; two brothers, Bob Schang of Archbold, Ohio, and Edgar (and Phyllis) Schang of Bryan, Ohio; a sister, Eloise Love of Archbold; three grandchildren, Suzan Leupp of Stryker, Tom (and Freda) Leupp of Coldwater, Mich., and Ted (and Angi) Leupp of Pittsford, Mich.; and four great-grandchildren, Zac, Cody, Brooke and Rebecca.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by a son, Fredrick Wilford “Buddy” Baker; two brothers, Orville and Donald Schang; a sister, Bernice Larnard; a granddaughter, Dawn Fruchey; and a son-in-law, Donald Leupp.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastor Gene Sugg officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled Saturday from noon until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Great Lakes Caring Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

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