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Mr. Mark Fremont Baker


1949 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Mr.  Mark Fremont Baker Obituary
Mark Fremont Baker, 67, of St Johns, Michigan, passed away on August 18, 2016 at home following a long struggle with prostate cancer.
Mark was the beloved husband of Ellen Zienert and father of Emma Baker (Mario Carrill). He is survived by them, his sister Laurel D. Null, aunt Doris Pfau, nieces Brittany (Rick Mengyan), Breeanne (Wendell) Swart, Sam (Megan) Baker, great niece, Brooke Swart, mother-in-law Sue Zienert, and his wife's sisters, brother and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Betty (Swope) Baker, his brothers, Ralph, who died in infancy, and Scott A. Baker.
Mark was born in Hillsdale, Michigan on June 14, 1949,the second of the three children who survived infancy. He grew up in Jonesville on his family dairy farm. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics and a Masters in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University. He worked in Construction Labor Relations and Human Resources at Consumers Energy in Lansing and Jackson from 1973 to 1991. Following the birth of Emma, he was a stay-at-home dad. When Emma went to school he got his builders license and was a remodeling contractor in Charlevoix from 1995 to 2005. He was the loving guardian of his sister Laurel who was disabled.
Mark was an active member of First United Methodist Church in St Johns and enjoyed serving on district and conference committees. He occasionally loved golf, and always loved his golfing buddies. He delighted in helping his brother and later his nephew work the family farm, as well as spending time with his family and friends. He had great joy in the accomplishments of his daughter, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Sunday, August 21, from 4-8 p.m. at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home in St Johns. The funeral service will be led by Rev. Amee Paparella at First United Methodist Church, 200 E. State St, St Johns on Monday, August 22 at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at 4 p.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery, Concord, MI. Memorial gifts may be sent to the church and will support Paul Webster, missionary in Zambia.
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on Aug. 22, 2016
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