NORMA JEAN ANN HARTMAN BAKER, 70, Fort Wayne, died on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital after her courageous battle with cancer. Born May 27, 1940, in Fort Wayne, she worked at the Ohio Turnpike as a cook; at Pilliod Cabinets as a painter in Swanton, Ohio; at Lincoln National Life as a secretary for four years; at Lynn's, Maloley's and Roger's as a cashier for 16 years; at Wayne High School as a cook; and at Trelan Nursery. She was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, member of the Rosary Sodality, and a Cub Scout den leader. She was a former member of St. Richard's Catholic Church, Swanton, Ohio, from 1971 through 1977 and at St. Henry's Catholic Church from 1962 through 1971 and 1978 through 1998. Surviving are her husband of 50 years, David A. Baker; daughter, Dawn A. Baker (Phil) Frecker of Warren; sons, Craig A. (Karen) Baker, Matthew A. (Mary Ortega) Baker and Hal D. (Angela) Baker; brother, Kenneth E. (Margaret) Hartman of Fort Wayne; and grandchildren, Caitlyn, Charlotte, Colton, Adam, Justin, Megan, and Amber. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward A. Hartman on March 29, 1989, and Emma F. Hartman in 1996; brother, Robert A. Hartman, in 2000; and grandaughter, Olivia Catherine Baker, in 1998. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 14623 Bluffton Road, Yoder, with prayer service is 10:30 a.m. at Klaehn, Fahl, & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home, with rosary recited at 8 p.m. Burial in the church cemetery. "In honor of her memory, the family requests that Norma's family and friends write a handwritten letter to someone they love." Memorials to masses, Yellowstone National Park, or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. www.klaehnfahlmelton funerals.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Mar. 31, 2011