Shirley Lipco Baker(1926 - 2012)

Shirley Lipco Baker 1926 - 2012 Shirley Lipco Baker was born Shirley B. Berman in Brooklyn, NY October 22, 1926 to Morris and Anna Berman. Shirley's mother Anna and her large family immigrated from Russia and settled on the lower east side of Manhattan. Right after WWII, Shirley's family move to LA and it was there that she met and married Marvin Lipco who's uncle Eli Elman had set up the young WWII vet in business in Bakersfield. The couple was married for 50 years and enjoyed a full active life of traveling and RVing, camping, fishing and working in the family business together. Shirley's side career of social action and helping others began early on when she settled Russian families in this area. She forged a lifetime relationship with the Rozenfelds' who have remained part of her family to this day. Shirley was a docent at the California Living Museum (CALM) where she worked in the snake and bird houses educating young people about wildlife and conservation. For more than 40 years, Shirley and Marvin spent summers in Klamath, CA fishing and hiking with their children and grandchildren. Her passion for the Redwoods led her to become a volunteer park ranger at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, where for over 10 years in her 70's she led people on hikes and tours through the redwood forest. Shirley was most proud of the recent dedication of the preservation deck project for Big Tree under the auspices of the Save the Redwoods League. A bench named by their children for Shirley and Marvin stands as a permanent memorial for her love and dedication to the Redwood Forest. She was very involved with City of Hope and helped organize Meals on Wheels, the Simcha Set and many other activities for older adults. Shirley was also chair of the Caring Committee of Temple Beth El, where she and Marvin were founding and life time members, and where she was presented the lifetime achievement award. After Marvin's death, she met and married Irving Herb Baker and moved to Kansas City for 10 years before returning recently to Bakersfield to be close to her family. Shirley's full and adventurous life was marked by her indomitable spirit, zest for life, thirst for knowledge and passion for helping others. She loved playing bridge and teaching mahjong as well reading avidly and doing crossword puzzles and jumbles every day. Her family was the center of her life, especially her grandchildren who brought her immeasurable pride and joy. Shirley is survived by her brother Harold Berman and his family as well as her children, Sharon Lipco, Cantor Lisa Lipco Levine, married to Andy Levine, their children Emily and Louis, and Marc Lipco, married to Nan Lipco and their children Steven, Shelley and Sandy. Her son Daniel Lipco, passed away last January and is survived by his widow Dr. Lillian Michel and their children Olivia, Gabrielle and Alexandra. The Lipco family would like to thank Rabbi Cheryl Rosenstein, Dr. Larry Yokoyama, Dr. Mary Grace Magalong, both Melissas at Centennial Medical Group, and all the nurses and staff at Bakersfield Heart Hospital for their help and kindness. We also thank Diane Hill, Lourdes, Rita and Althea from Guardian Home Health Care. A memorial service will take place on Thursday December 27th, at 1:00 p.m., at Temple Beth El, 2906 Loma Linda Drive, immediately followed by interment at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery followed by a meal of condolence at Temple Beth El at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Beth El Shirley Lipco Baker Social Action Fund or to the Save the Redwoods League,

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 26, 2012