Baker, Karen L.
Omaha, formerly of Grand Island, NE. Died Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha after a battle with cancer with her family at her side. Karen was born on September 23, 1947 in Genoa, NE, the daughter of Walter and Ollie (Marshall) Nelson. She grew up in Fullerton and graduated from Fullerton High School in 1965. She was looking forward celebrating her 65th birthday which would have been this Sunday. Karen was united in marriage to Larry Baker on September 22, 1968 at the First Presbyterian Church in Fullerton. The couple lived in Grand Island where she worked at the Ordinance Plant near Alda. She began working at St. Francis Medical Center in 1977. She worked in surgery, the lab and in the Cancer Treatment Center devoting a total of 26 years. The couple moved to Omaha in 2004 and Karen worked for Methodist Health Systems and in the cancer center until her health forced her to stop in April of 2012. She is survived by her husband Larry Baker, Omaha; two daughters, Kala and Gerry Rojas, Grand Island, and Kandra Wilson, Grand Island; 6 grandchildren, Jared Wilson, Andrew Rojas, Jacob Wilson, Matthew Rojas, Abby Rojas and Jadyn Wilson, all of Grand Island; three brothers, Lee Nelson, Fullerton, Dick and Marie Nelson, Columbus and Jim and Emily Nelson, Grand Island; one sister, Phyllis Peterson, Omaha; numerous nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Sooner.
SERVICES 2pm Sunday, September 23, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Island with Rev. Caroline Price-Gibson officiating. Burial in the Grand Island City Cemetery. VISITATION Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 4-8pm at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island. Memorials are suggested to the family who will then designate at a later date. Online condolences may be directed to the family at: www.apfelfuneralhome.com APFEL FUNERAL HOME
Grand Island, NE 308-384-0590