Dorothy E. Baker(1927 - 2011)

Dorothy E. Baker, 84, of Jacksonville, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

She was born Jan. 25, 1927, in Bluffs, the daughter of Alfred E. and Esther M. Heitbrink Berghaus. She married Hal D. Baker on April 17, 1949, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church near Chapin, and he survives.

She is also survived by two daughters, Linda Wyatt (Don Besterfeldt) and Carol (Dan) Carl, both of Jacksonville; four sons, Larry (Carol) Baker of Meredosia, Danny Baker of Shelbyville, and Alan Baker and Roger Baker (Patty Schmitz), both of Jacksonville; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, Harvey (Ada) Berghaus of Bluffs and Glen (Linda) Berghaus of Meredosia; and two sisters, Alleane Ambler of Orland Park and Ruth (Jack) Spradlin of Jacksonville. She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Sabrina Baker; and a brother-in-law, Glenn Ambler.

Mrs. Baker attended Eagle Country School and graduated from Meredosia High School in 1945. She then graduated from Brown's Business College in Jacksonville. Early in life she was a secretary at NESCO in Jacksonville and CIPS in Meredosia. For many years she was also a school bus driver for Salem Lutheran School in Jacksonville. She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church and an honorary member of Salem Lutheran Ladies Guild. Dorothy and her husband were avid square dancers. She was very devoted to her children and grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Salem Lutheran Church, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Tuesday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, where the family will meet friends 5-7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Salem Lutheran Church or Salem Lutheran School. Condolences may be left at

Funeral Home

Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home, Jacksonville Chapel
1100 Lincoln Ave.  Jacksonville, IL 62650
(217) 243-4000

Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Aug. 22, 2011