Geraldine May Baker, age 85, lifelong resident of Washburn County, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, August 31, 2012.
She was born on November 22, 1926, and graduated from Spooner High School and later obtaining her teaching license from Superior State Teachers College. Besides being a farm wife, she was employed as a teacher, cook, and billing clerk. She was active in her church, the Wild River Artists, Homemakers, performed a comedy act at Ceska Opera House in Haugen, and volunteered at Hunt Hill Audubon Center. She was an avid gardener- was known as "the Bean Lady of Madge", and also known for the amazing collection of Lupines she grew. In addition, she wrote a weekly column carried by the Spooner Advocate and the Washburn County Register. She also served as the Madge Town Clerk for over 35 years. She will be sadly missed by her many friends and by her family.
Geraldine is survived by her children: Bernard (Karen) Baker of Minong, Leeann (Albert) Gustaveson of Marcell, MN, grandchildren: Brian (Renee), Brad (Laura), Brent (Elisa), Kara (Carl) Bray, Mark Maus, Michael Tate, great grandchildren: Brad, Elizabeth, Derrick, Tanner, Sophie, Hollis, Max, Emmett, Olivia, Lexie, Cadance, and Carter, nieces: Margie Hockert, Verna Leckel, Pauline Schreiber, nephews: Jim Schreiber and Marvin Greenfield, sister in law Viola Greenfield.
She is preceded in death by her husband Robert, sister Stella, and brothers James and George Vernon.