Passed away peacefully one day after her 95th birthday. Virginia was born in Vallejo Ca. to Alfred and Mary Barnewitz. After graduating from Vallejo High School in 1936, she went to work for the State of California in Sacramento. After several years there, she moved back to Vallejo to work for the Water Department where she met her future husband, contactor Ray Baker. After their marriage they lived in Vallejo where their daughter Rae Anna was born. In 1957 they moved to Santa Rosa where Ray became the Chief Building Official for the City of Santa Rosa. Virginia remained a homemaker until Ray's death in 1973. At that point she moved back to Vallejo to be with family, and began a career as manager of Liebe's Dress Shop. She retired in 1983, to pursue her love of travel going to Europe twice, and making yearly trips to Hawaii for many years. Her other passions included playing bridge, reading, knitting, crocheting and her family. She moved back to Santa Rosa in 1986, and lived independently until about a year before her death. She happily spent her last year at Livingston House in Santa Rosa under the wonderful care of Eugenia, Victor, Lupe and Nancy. We want to express a special thank you to them for their loving care during this last year. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Rae Anna and Richard Williams; grandchildren Jennifer (Dean) Ketelsen, Scott (Jessica) Williams and Dave Williams and his friend Marcia Bonomi; great grandchildren Brenden, Kelsey and Courtney Ketelsen and Sean and Rachel Williams. She is also survived by sister-in-law Mary Barnewitz; nieces Carol Osborne and Libbey Barnewitz and nephew Bill Barnewitz. She was predeceased by husband Ray Baker, brother Ted Barnewitz and sister Daisy Barnewitz. At her request, services will be private. Donations may be made to Memorial Hospice, 439 College Ave, Santa Rosa, CA., 95401 or to
. Arrangements are being handled by Lafferty and Smith, 4321 Sonoma Hwy., Santa Rosa, CA with cremation and entombment at Santa Rosa Memorial Park 1900 Franklin Ave., Santa Rosa, CA.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 15 to Dec. 16, 2013