Norma Jean Ann Hartman Baker, 70, Fort Wayne, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Born May 27, 1940, in Fort Wayne, she worked at the Ohio Turnpike as a cook and at Pilliod Cabinets as a painter in Swanton, Ohio; at Lincoln National Life as a secretary for four years, at Lynn's, Maloley's and Roger's as a cashier for 16 years, at Wayne High School as a cook, and at Trelan Nursery. She was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, member of the Rosary Sodality, and a Cub Scout Den Leader. She was a former member of St. Richard's Catholic Church, Swanton, Ohio, from 1971 through 1977 and at St. Henry's Catholic Church from 1962 through 1971 and 1978 through 1998.
Surviving are her husband of 50 years, David A. Baker; daughter, Dawn A. Baker (Phil) Frecker of Warren, sons, Craig A. (Karen) Baker, Matthew A. (Mary Ortega) Baker, Hal D. (Angela) Baker; brother, Kenneth E. (Margaret) Hartman of Fort Wayne and grandchildren, Caitlyn, Charlotte, Colton, Adam, Justin, Megan, and Amber.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward A. Hartman, March 29, 1989 and Emma F. Hartman in 1996; brother Robert A. Hartman in 2000; and grandaughter, Olivia Catherine Baker in 1998.
Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8pm Friday with a Rosary recited at 8:00pm at Klaehn, Fahl, & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Rd. Mass of Christian Burial is 11:00am Saturday, April 2, 2011 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 14623 Bluffton Rd., Yoder; with prayers 10:30am at the funeral home. Burial in the church cemetery.
"In honor of her memory, the family requests that Norma's family and friends write a handwritten letter to someone they love."
Memorials to masses, Yellowstone National Park, or Cancer Services of NE Indiana. www.klaehnfahlmeltonfunerals.com