The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2020

Margaret C. Baker

Margaret C. Baker, 92, of St. Marys, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.  

Margaret C. Baker

She was born August 31, 1927, in Mercer County, the daughter of Lewis and Bertha (Parker) Merkle, who both preceded her in death. On April 15, 1951, she married Lloyd Charles Baker, who died November 10, 1985.  

Survivors include her three children, Cathy (John) Schaadt of Decatur, Indiana, Dwight (Aphakorn) Baker of College Station, Texas, and Duane (Barbara) Baker of Powell; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five great-great-granddaughters; and her sister-in-law, Barbara Merkle of Van Wert.  

Margaret was preceded in death by siblings Marie (Merkle) Lessner, Lewis (Jennie) Merkle, Martha (Merkle) Pudsey, Olga (Merkle) Nave, and David (Barbara) Merkle; two brothers-in-law, Ralph Pudsey and Ralph Nave; and a sister-in-law, Jennie Merkle.

With her husband Lloyd, Margaret owned and operated Celina Engine Service in Celina. She was also employed as a bank teller and bookkeeper throughout much of her working career. She enjoyed volunteering at K-12 schools, the churches she attended, other charities, and, most recently, at Otterbein Senior Life Community in St. Marys, where she lived since 2010.

A memorial service will be held in April in the Meyer Community Room at Otterbein St. Marys Senior Life Community. She will be buried in the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Cemetery in rural Rockford.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Lake Hospice, c/o JTD Hospital Foundation, 200 St. Clair St., St. Marys, OH 45885.  

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POSTED: 02/14/20 at 9:31 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries