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Ann Baker

Born January 1, 1930 – died September 29, 2021

The family of Ann Baker wish to announce that on September 29, 2021, she completed the path that was set before her by Almighty God.

 

Born Barbara Ann Marshalok January 1, 1930, at home in Norman, welcomed by parents Kay & Dick Marshalok, as well as bells ringing & train whistles blowing in the New Year celebration.

 

The beginning of a life well lived in service & dedication to God, family, and community.

 

Ann attended schools Westward, Northward, and Kenora High. She loved her years at school, with aspirations of being a teacher, but uncertain times prevented her from relocating to North Bay where she could have obtained her teachers certificate.

 

While at Kenora high school, Ann, along with June, Dolly, & Beth, became the first cheerleaders of the Kenora football squad.

 

Ann faithfully attended Sacred Heart Church in Norman, where, at the age of 14, she met Ron Chalmers Baker. They married 6 years later, in 1950, spending 67 years as an unstoppable team - they worked tirelessly at the Norman Community Club, nurturing a love of sport in countless local children, including those who were kept at the area residential school, bringing them to the rink to play hockey. Together they can be credited with their effort to establish the Lake of the Woods Railroaders Museum in Norman, and they actively supported the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation, St. Louis Roman Catholic church, and the Keewatin Legion. Ann was also a Brownie Tawny Owl, active in the Brownies & Girl Guides for many years. Ann & Ron spent time traveling as well as enjoying curling & square dancing.

 

Ann was a member of the Catholic Women’s league for over 70 years, she was the recipient of the highest pin in the national office. She served on the board of Kenora Handi Transit and the Seniors Coalition.

 

In addition to volunteering in the community, raising a family, building houses in Norman, on Trout Lake, and on the Winnipeg River, maintaining commitments to family and friends far & wide, Ann also worked for the City of Kenora for 43 years.

 

She is predeceased by her parents, Kay & Dick Marshalok, her beloved husband Ron, her youngest daughter Ronalee, her sister Caroline Lozenski, Uncles Steve Derry, John Derry, and Aunt Rose Kropioski.

 

Left to honour her memory are sons Rick (Monica) Baker, Kelowna, BC, Wayne (Colleen) Baker, Norman, and daughter Loanne Cameron, Norman. Grandchildren Bryson Baker, Jody  Dozois (Dean), Jordan MacQueen, Alyssa Doucette, Shane Baker, Mandy Baker, Laralee Cameron, Lexi Cameron (Trevor), Sheyanne Cameron (Jake), Jayme Cameron (Kailie), and Kaylee Milne (Brian). Great grandchildren Christopher, Isabelle, Joseph, Jayme, Tia, Jace, and Laila, son-in-law Ian Milne, and several nieces, nephews & cousins.  

Donations in memory of Ann may be made to St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Keewatin or to the Lake of the Woods Rail Roaders Museum in Norman.

 

Thank you to all the staff at Birchwood Terrace and a special thank you to cousin Adrienne Lacombe, who was such a rock in Ann’s life.

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