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Elizabeth Alice Baker

1924 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Elizabeth Alice Baker Obituary
Elizabeth Alice "Beti" (nee Lathrop) Baker, 89 Elizabeth Alice "Beti" (nee Lathrop) Baker, 89 of Cape May Courthouse, NJ, passed peacefully on Thursday, February 13, 2014. Beti was born in Philadelphia on October 23, 1924. Like many children of the Great Depression, Beti's humble beginnings were rooted in poverty. From this hardened start she gained a greater appreciation of the value of hard work, a quality she would come to instill in the greatest pride and joy of her life, her son, John. Together with her first husband, Jack Baker, whom she met as a young girl and married as soon as Jack returned from serving in the Pacific Front during World War II, they instilled in their son everything he would need to become a renowned orthopedic surgeon in the South Jersey area. The character that grew from those humble beginnings was witnessed in the generosity and kindness Beti commonly showed to friends and family in need throughout her life. But her image and demeanor shared no resemblance to those very difficult early depression-era days when she toiled as a child alongside her mother, Louise Lathrop, cleaning homes. Beti was a woman of elegance and class, and admired for her beauty, style and grace. Beti had worked from her home as a seamstress and as a crossing guard for the Folcroft Police Department, and was a volunteer for the Catholic Daughters of Americas for nearly 50 years. A graduate of Hallahan Catholic Girls High School, Beti was a devout Roman Catholic convert, worshipping daily at St. George Church in Glenolden, PA, during her early life, and in her later years, at Our Lady of the Angels Church. Beti met the love of her life and longtime partner Danny Dipietro more than 40 years ago. The two traveled the world together, visiting exotic locales like Italy, Aruba and Mexico. As members of two ski clubs, they loved to ski in the winters and, come summertime, enjoyed the beach and boardwalk of Wildwood. Danny's love for Beti had no limits. He held her hand and fed her every day, until her last breath was taken. Beti was a talented painter who loved to sew and bake in her spare time; cheesecake and bundt cakes were her specialties. She was also an avid reader, capable of reading a book per day. She loved animals, especially her toy poodles BeBe (1) and then BeBe (2), who, for a combined 36 years, were her loyal and loving companions and also fierce guardians of all presents under the Christmas Tree. Survivors: Her longtime partner Danny Dipietro; her son Dr. John C. Baker (Anne); grandchildren Sarah Sullivan (Sean), Jonathan (Kristin), Timothy (Anya) and Peter (Caroline) and great grandchildren Ryan, Aislinn, Gavin, Noah and Jack. Services: Relatives and friends are invited to her Viewing Thursday, February 20th, at 11a.m., followed by her Funeral Mass at 12 Noon in Our Lady of the Angels Church, 35 E. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. There will be another viewing on Friday, February 21st, from 12p.m.-2p.m., O'Leary Funeral Home, 640 E. Springfield Rd., Springfield, PA 19064. Interment: Will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, PA.
Published in The Daily Times on Feb. 19, 2014
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