Shirley Baker, 83, of Wykoff

Shirley H. Baker, 83, of Wykoff, died Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Saint Marys Hospital – Mayo Clinic Campus in Rochester.

Shirley Hazel Romanchak was born Feb. 3, 1936, daughter of John and Barbara (Sayka) Romanchak in Detroit, Mich. She graduated from David McKenzie High School in 1953.

She met Herb Baker while he was stationed in Detroit with the Army. On Nov. 24, 1956, the couple married.

She was very good with numbers and worked for a jewelry company as a bookkeeper. She became the bookkeeper for Baker’s Concrete Construction, the company she and her husband built together over the last 50 years.

Her faith was very important to her. When she and her husband moved back to Wykoff, they attended Fillmore Free Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and Bible school.

She also volunteered her time on the Baccalaureate Board at Wykoff High School. She liked to crochet, spend time in her flower and vegetable gardens, and go on motorcycle rides and trips with her husband.

She collected Precious Moments figurines, and was a member of the Precious Moments Collectors Club. When she was not in her garden or with family, one might find her enjoying a cup of coffee with her friends at the Silver Grille in Chatfield.

The most essential part of her life was her family, and she loved taking care of their needs, and teaching them parts of her Russian heritage. She was known to host large holiday celebrations that incorporated Russian foods.

She is survived by her three children, Rebecca (Bruce) Thompson of Fountain, John (Jane) Baker of Wykoff and Nancy (Mike) Liedel of Dundee, Mich.; nine grandchildren, Wade (Cheyanne) Baker, Kelly Ramaker, Daniel (Tasha Duellman) Ramaker, Melanie Thompson, Matthew Thompson, Tyler (Mandi) Baker, Andrew (Paisley) Baker, McKenzie (George) Ruehs and Wyatt Liedel; 19 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herb, on Aug. 18, 2016, and all of her siblings.

Funeral services were held at Fillmore Free Methodist Church on Thursday, Aug. 1, with the Rev. Tim Ward officiating. Burial was in Fillmore Cemetery, Fillmore.