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Bertha W. Baker

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Bertha W. Baker, 81, died Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at the Hoosick Falls Health Center, where she had resided since 1997. She was the wife of the late Albert Baker, who died in 1994.

Bertha was born on June 27, 1923 in Dalton, Mass., daughter of the late Walter L. and Martha L. (Fuller) Watkins. She graduated from Pittsfield High School and St. Joseph’s Business College. Bertha was employed as a secretary at the Holbrook & Johnston Law Office in Hoosick Falls for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hoosick Falls, where she also was a past secretary, serving for 30 years, treasurer and a Sunday school teacher. She was a former member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mayflower Society, of Albany.

Survivors include her daughter, Beverley Waitekus of Bennington, Vt.; and two sisters, Marjorie Smith of Alabama and Marriam Bates of Florida. She is also survived by four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 11, at 11 a.m. from the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St. in Hoosick Falls. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Hoosick Falls.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Petersburgh Rescue Squad or the Alzheimer’s Society through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 9, 2005
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