Mary Helen Baker

Jan. 22, 1930 - Dec. 24, 2005

Mary Helen Baker, 75, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, at LindenGrove Health Care Center. She was born in Wauwatosa on Jan. 22, 1930, to John and Florence (nee Sheahan) Mayer.

Mary was a graduate of Holy Angel’s High School and received a bachelor’s degree in music from Mount Mary College in 1950. She was also employed at Sears, retiring in 1990 after about 20 years of service. As a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church since 1952, she was involved in the church and many community affairs. She was elected to the church council, she served as an officer of St. Joseph’s Home and School Association and for many years she sang solos at midnight Christmas Mass and was heavily involved with the choir. Helping to provide leadership in children’s activities, Mary actively participated in 4-H programs and Girl Scouting. As the adviser of Senior Girl Scout Troop #447, she traveled with the girls as far as Arkansas, Tennessee and Virginia on Easter camping trips. Mary generously gave her time and talent to Catholic Memorial High School, where all six of her children attended. She provided countless hours of vocal coaching for many of the school musicals.

She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Harold C. "Bud" Baker of Pewaukee; their six children, Kathleen J. (Thomas) Boyd of Loveland, Ohio, Timothy J. (Mary) Baker of Mukwonago, Harold C. Baker Jr. of Pewaukee, Terrence E. (Heidi) Baker of Thiensville, Joseph P. Baker of Oconomowoc and Benjamin P. Baker of West Milwaukee; and seven grandchildren, Jamie Boyd, Brad Baker, Nicole Baker, Chad (Tiffany) Boyd, Jenny Baker, Amy Baker and Steven Baker. She is further survived by her mother, Florence Mayer of Brookfield; sister, Florence E. Waterson of Milwaukee; and her brother, John (Mary) Mayer Jr. of River Hills; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, John Mayer.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until a parish vigil at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Services continue on Thursday with prayers at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. and then to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for a 10 a.m. funeral Mass. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. The Rev. Michael Michalski will be officiating.

If desired, memorials are appreciated to the Southeastern Wisconsin Alzeimer’s Association, 6130 W. National Ave., Suite 200, Milwaukee, WI 53214, or online at www.alzheimers-sewi.org.

For further information, call Randle-Dable Funeral Home at 547-4035 or visit online at www.randledablefuneralhome.com.