Rosemary Baker, mother of Bishop Robert J. Baker, dies at 96

TIFFIN, OHIO—Rosemary K. Baker of Fostoria died April 8 in Tiffin. She was 96. She was a retired nurse and homemaker, and mother of Bishop Robert J. Baker of the Diocese of Birmingham, Ala., and formerly the Diocese of Charleston, S.C.

The Mass of Resurrection was held April 11 at St. Wendelin Church in Fostoria. The burial was in the parish cemetery.

She was born June 9, 1916, in New Washington to the late Clemence and Blanche Sutter Alt. She was a 1935 graduate of Shelby High School and received her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1938 from St. Rita’s School of Nursing in Lima. She was a member of St. Wendelin Church and served on the Rosary Altar Society and the memorial choir. She married the late Gerald S. Baker on Feb. 22, 1941, at Mother of Sorrow Church in North Auburn.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Dr. John and James Baker. Surviving are her sons Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham, and Tom Baker of Fostoria; a daughter, Mary Ann Jepsen of Powell; a daughter in-law, Linda Baker of Columbus; three sisters, Ann Studer and Alice William, both of Shelby, and Joan Rospert of Norwalk; 13 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to:
Diocese of Birmingham, Camp
Tekakwitha Fund, Phase II, c/o
Bishop Robert J. Baker, P. O. Box
12047, Birmingham, AL, 35202-2047.