Catherine E. “Betty” Baker – Winthrop

INDEPENDENCE- Catherine E. “Betty” Baker, 94, of Winthrop passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 27th at ABCM Rehabilitation Center-East Campus in Independence, IA.

Catherine was born on January 19, 1926 to William F. Schweitzer and Lucinda (Sickles) Schweitzer of Winthrop, IA.  She attended school in nearby Lamont, IA and graduated from Lamont High School in 1943.  On November 18, 1945 Catherine was united in marriage to John Baker in Galena, IL.  They made their home in Winthrop, IA where they farmed for many years. In 1981 John retired, and they moved to Arizona, and later to Joplin, MO in 2001. In 2005 they moved back to Winthrop to be home once again.

Most of Catherine’s time was spent raising and caring for her six children and later on spending time with her grandkids.  She was also fondly known for the beautiful flowers and gardens she tended to around her home.

Catherine is survived by her children Patricia Eaves of Humboldt, TX, Ruth Swearinger of Cedar Rapids, IA, Barbara Janss of Des Moines, Donna Dick of Independence, IA, Roger (Robin) Baker of Cedar Grove, WI and Lucinda (Gregg) Eschen of Dundee, IA;  her grandchildren; her great grandchildren; her sister Dorothy Gilson of Winthrop, IA and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parent; her husband; her brothers Dale, Glen, Bill, John, and Bobby Schweitzer; her bother in laws Bill and Frank Baker; and her sister in law Lula Eloshey .

A private family graveside service will be held at Fremont Cemetery in Winthrop, IA.

To leave an on-line condolence please go to www.reifffamilycenter.com under obituaries.

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