Josephine F. Baker, 96

Josephine F. Baker, 96, of Piqua, passed away at 9:50 a.m. Sunday, June 24, 2012, at her residence.

Jo was born on March 5, 1916, in Dayton, to Ignatius J. and Clara H. (Bubolz) Weinert, and they preceded her in death.

On June 12, 1939, in Norwalk, Jo married C. Oscar Baker, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 10, 1974.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Lawrence R. (Ann) Baker of Minster, Steven M. (Martha) Baker of Troy and Thomas G. (Marsha) Baker of Piqua; two daughters and a son-in-law, Leesa A. Baker and Molly A. (Scott) Cameron of Piqua; 10 grandchildren, Christine (Duane) Statzer, Stacie (John) Steineman, L. Richard (Dawn) Baker, Mark (Natalie) Baker, Stephanie (Jon) Silk, Heather (Jeff) Larger, T. Adam (Molli) Baker, Matthew (Kari) Baker, Kevin Cameron and Kory Cameron; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Rosa Lee Weinert of Englewood.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Marion Weinert and Fred Weinert; three sisters, Regina (Weinert) McCarthy, Alberta (Weinert) Dickman and Rita Weinert; one grandchild, L. Nicholas Baker.

Mrs. Baker was a graduate of Julienne High School in Dayton and the Dayton Comptometer School.  

Jo was employed by the Kroger Grocery and Baking Company and later was treasurer of WPTW Radio Inc. and Valley Antenna Systems in Piqua.

As an active volunteer, Jo was a charter member of the Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary, Piqua Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary and Upper Valley Medical Center Auxiliary and served as a board member, chairing numerous committees and accumulating more than 10,000 volunteer hours. For many years, she was the gift shop coordinator at Piqua Memorial Medical Center.

Jo was active at St. Mary Catholic Church as the coordinator of the Religious Goods Store and served on the Mission Commission. She volunteered for more than 50 years as a cafeteria worker at Our Lady of Mercy Elementary School, St. Mary and Piqua Catholic Schools. Jo assisted the Green Valley Girl Scout Council and later Buckeye Trails Girl Scout Council as a board member and maintained the annual cookie cupboard.

In 1982, Jo received the Buckeye Trails Girl Scout Service award. She was an active member of the YWCA Piqua and an avid sponsor of the Lehman Catholic High School Foundation, receiving that foundation’s Fellow Award in 1986.  

Jo celebrated life and loved her family, friends and her church and enjoyed traveling and wonderful parties. Jo will always be remembered for her great sense of humor, creativity and “Bakerisms.”

In later years, Jo greatly appreciated the services of all of her caregivers, and the Baker family expresses special gratitude for the dedication, friendship and care given by Sharon Coats.   

A Mass of Christian burial to honor Jo’s life will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Piqua, with the Rev. Thomas Hemm, C.PP.S., officiating. Following Mass, Jo will be laid to rest next to her beloved Oscar at Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua.  

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, Piqua.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the YWCA, 418 N. Wayne St., Piqua, Ohio, 45356.  

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