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Irene J. Baker
Issue Date: March 16, 2018
Irene J. (Radke) Baker, 93, formerly of Gillett, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018 surrounded by family.
Born June 24, 1924 in Oconto Falls, to the late William and Wanda (Schmidt) Radke, she attended Elm Lawn School and graduated from Oconto Falls High School. She married Edward C. Baker and together they raised four children. She worked for Quade's 5 and 10 and later in local factories.
A lifetime active member of St. John's Lutheran Church, she served on many committees including bulletins, finance, quilting, the Women of the Church and was also part of a singing group that visited area nursing homes.
She loved polka and country music, was an avid Packer, Badger and Brewer fan, but her greatest love was her family. She was a devoted person and will be missed.
She is survived by four children, Don (Cecelia) Baker of Rhinelander, David (Krisan) Baker of Appleton, Karen (Greg) Haines of Abrams and Kathy (Dean) Tappa of Lena; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Martha (the late Robert) Schroeder, Helen (the late Joseph) Wiese, Rollyn (Ruth) Radke, Roger Radke, Reuben (Lorraine) Radke, Donald (Jean) Radke, Patricia (the late Thomas) and Bruce (Ann) Radke; a sister-in-law, Carol Radke and many nieces; nephews; grand-nieces; grand-nephews; other relatives and friends.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward and five siblings, Arthur (Mary) Radke, Florence (Lawrence) Radke, Frederich (his wives Lydia and Delores) Radke, Kenneth (Lois) Radke and Alfred Radke.
Friends and relatives called at St. John's Lutheran Church, 101 W. Main St., Gillett on Tuesday, March 13 from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Pastor Kent Wallace officiated with interment in Wanderer's Rest Cemetery. Memorials are appreciated to St. John's Lutheran Church at the above address. Legacy Funeral Home of Gillett assisted the family with arrangements.