WAUKESHA, Wis. – Emma (Anderson) Baker, 96, of Waukesha, Wis., passed away peacefully March 27, 2013, in Waukesha.|
Born Aug. 24, 1916, in Blairsburg, Iowa, to Alice and Emil Anderson, Emma grew up in Garden City, Minn., and proudly graduated from Mankato Commercial College in l935. She left Minnesota after graduation "to see the world," and went to Pasadena, Calif., where she worked for the Fussell family and met Merton S. Baker, from Waterman. They married May 2, 1941, in Yuma, Ariz.
After returning to Minnesota to be with her family, while Merton was overseas with the Army, the couple arrived in Illinois with their young son, Gary, in 1947. Emma and Merton built a wonderful life in Sycamore. She worked as a secretary at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb for 25 years and continued to travel the world, especially to Norway, where she visited the Anderson family many times. She was an avid league bowler and belonged to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.
Emma's legacy is her love of music. An avid organ enthusiast, she belonged to several theater organ societies and spent her retirement years traveling to concerts from California to London. Some of Emma's happiest hours were spent playing her piano or organ in her home.
She is survived by her son, Gary A. Baker (Christina); grandchildren, John Baker (Mary) of Durango, Colo., Mark Baker (Michaela) of Glendale, Wis., and Cynara Fode (David) of Waukesha; as well as seven wonderful great-grandchildren, Johnny, Betsy, Matthias, Andreas, Petra, Lindy and Ira. She also is survived by one of her beloved sisters, Wilma Carlson of Alexandria, Minn.
Emma was preceded in death by her husband, Merton in 1984; and daughter, Karen Sue Baker, in 1953.
The family thanks Visiting Angels in Sycamore and all Emma's caregivers who enabled her to end her long and wonderful life with peace and dignity.
A private graveside service will be held in Sycamore.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Apr. 18, 2013