Mary Alice Baker

Mary Alice Baker, 91, of Kenyon, passed away on Jan. 14, 2014, at Reflections Hospice Northfield.

Mary was born Nov. 14, 1922, in West Concord, the daughter of Alvin W. and Edna (Thomas) Rundquist. She attended school and graduated from West Concord. She was united in marriage to Stanley K. Baker, Feb. 9, 1941. The couple lived on the Baker farm until 1972 when they built a new house in Kenyon. While on the farm, Mary cooked many meals for hired help, especially during harvest season. She always raised chickens and had a large garden. She enjoyed shopping trips and lunches with friends. She took great interest in her children's and grandchildren's lives, faithfully attending their school and church activities. She especially enjoyed Grandparents Day at school, and visited her special friend Dale Fredrickson's classes for several years as an adopted grandmother.

She loved babysitting for her grandchildren and was always available to do so. She also enjoyed her Pomeranian dogs, and felt they were great companions. Her favorite pastimes were crossword puzzles and reading. She loved to decorate with the Swedish colors, orange, blue and gold. She was known for her sense of humor. She loved to travel with her friends and had a strong faith. Her family, extended family and friends were all very important to her.  Mary was also very fluent in igpay atinlay (pig Latin).

Mary was treasurer of the Rose View Apartment Board and VFW Ladies Auxiliary member for many years. She was a member of Gol Church from 1941 to the present time. She taught Sunday school, was a Gol Ladies Church Women member and a member of the Lois Circle.

She is survived by her children, David (Carol) Baker of Kenyon, John (Debbie) Baker of Oakdale, Diane Baker of Brooklyn Center, Nancy (Larry) Stuckmayer of Dundas. Her brothers, Robert Rundquist of West Concord and Royce Rundquist (Cherie) of Red Wing, brother-in-law Orlin Baker of La Luz, N.M.; sister-in-law, Irene Baker Herberg of St. Peter; grandchildren, Tim (Jen) Baker of Brentwood, Tenn., Kathy (Mike) Sveen of Viola, Mark (Mitzi) Baker of Rochester, Brittany Baker of Mankato, Savannah Stuckmayer of Decorah, Iowa and Sam Stuckmayer of Dundas; great-grandchildren, Brady and Hanna Sveen, Nadia and Nicholas Baker and Aislyn Baker, and many nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Stanley in 1980, parents Al and Edna, sister Betty Osborn; brothers, Gerald and Alan Rundquist; sister-in-laws, Eula, Jeannine and Shirley Rundquist; brother-in-law, Clayton Osborn and William Herberg;, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tom and Evie (Baker) Little and nephew, Steven Rundquist.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Gol Lutheran Church with Pastor Marvin Kormann officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church, and burial will be in the Gol Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the donor's choice, Gol Lutheran Church, Gol Cemetery Fund, Kenyon Sunset Home Chaplain Fund, Kenyon American Legion Color Guard, or the Kenyon American Legion Auxiliary. 

Michaelson Funeral Home of Kenyon is handling arrangements.

Published in The Post-Bulletin on Jan. 16, 2014