In Memory of

Helen Baker

August 10, 1924 - February 13, 2012
Helen Baker, a resident of Cherokee, Iowa died Monday the13th of February at the Careage Hills Care Center after a short illness. Helen Marie Schott was born on August 10, 1924 to parents William and Irene (Sampers) Schott. She attended Schaller Community Schools and graduated in 1942. She then worked in Ida Grove, Iowa until her marriage to Ervel A. Baker in 1944. Three children were born to this marriage. Thomas Ervel, Donna Jean and Diane Marie. Helen lived 32 years on a farm north of Schaller, Iowa where Ervel farmed. She and Ervel also owned and worked at Baker's Cafe in Schaller. She later worked at Miller's Grocery and then became a Nurse's Assistant at Buena Vista County Hospital in Storm Lake, Iowa. Helen moved to Storm Lake in 1978 and remained employed at the hospital there for 37 years until her retirement. In 2000 she moved to Cherokee, Iowa and in 2006 became a resident of Careage Hills Care Center. Helen's favorite pastime was gardening. She also enjoyed her times with friends from Schaller High School. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the most important part of her life and she considered them her greatest legacy. She was always proud of them and their accomplishments. She loved those who visited her at the care center and appreciated their kindness. She also found a new family in the people at Careage Hills. Her faith was the focus of her life, and Helen's gift to all those she loved was her continued prayers and blessings. Her parents, William and Irene Schott, husband Ervel Baker, son Thomas Baker, brother Richard Schott, sister Patricia Johnson, and three infant siblings, preceded her in death. She is survived by Donna and Jim Lewallen Cherokee, and grandchildren James Lewallen, Madison, Wisconsin; Jennifer (Lewallen) and Jeff Rohlwing, and great grandchildren Thea and Solenne of Middleton Wisconsin; Diane and Gene Baker, Crofton, Nebraska, and grandchildren Justin Nelson, Christin Nelson, and Emily Nelson of Omaha, Nebraska, and Jarod Nelson of Crofton, Nebraska; daughter -in -law Donna Marie Baker, Holstein Iowa, and granddaughter Ann (Baker) and Cipriano (Leo) Villarreal and great grandchildren Angelica, Neva, Gabriella and Karnita, Holstein, Iowa; and granddaughter Tami (Baker) Disinger and great grandchildren Cody, Cory, Carly, Caleb, and Carson of Delphi, Indiana; brother Lawrence Schott, Rice Lake, Wisconsin; and sister-in-law Phyllis Schott, Royal, Iowa.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2012, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Msgr. Kenneth Seifried
Gary Deitering Clyde Wandrey Warren Ploeger James Lewallen Justin Nelson Jarod Nelson
Visitation will begin at noon on Thursday, February 16, with the family present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening, also at the funeral home.
Vocalists- I.C. Funeral Choir Organist- Charlotte Groves
Burial will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Schaller, Iowa at 1:00 p.m. on Friday.


Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Donna and family,I am so sorry to read the death of your Mother. She was always so positive and treated me with kindness.”
- Kris Reinert
Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Just want you to know we are thinking of you. Sorry we won't be able to be with you on Friday but our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will call you sometime next week. Love, Pam”
- Pam Cross
Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“We were so sorry to hear of Aunt Helen's passing. There is no doubt she has a place in Heaven. She will be so missed. I have such treasured memories of her love and kindness.What a beautiful and lovely lady.We are so sorry for your loss. ”
- Cathie and Lloyd Kohn
Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Thinking and praying for you! No matter how old our parents are when they leave us, we are never ready to part with them! Hold on to the memories they are yours forever. ”
- Amy Hall
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother and my friend. I enjoyed working with Helen so much at the hospital and also enjoyed our too few visits at Careage Hills. I pray that the Lord gives you comfort and wonderful memories.”
- Kay J. Jipp
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Donna and family,
Dan and I hate that we can't be here for you during this most difficult time. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and that we will be thinking of you at this time.
Gods Blessings and Comfort always,”
- Dan and Charlotte Schueder
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Donna and Family,
So sorry to hear about your mom. She was one of my favorites at Carage Hills. Such a great sense of humor. She never gave up, even with all the medical hurdles she had to climb. Thinking of her makes me smile at this very moment! So glad I had the honor of meeting and taking care of her. Hugs to all of you...”
- Di Phipps
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“We send our prayers and love at this time of loss.
No matter how long we have our parents, it is still a sad parting when they leave us. We always enjoyed being with your mother at family functions. She was a special lady and will be remembered fondly.”
- Ruth and Hank Hayes
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Donna, Diane and family. We are really sorry to hear of Helen's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.”
- Dennis, Jo, Lance and Kyle Skellenger
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“May the Lord keep all your family in his hands, giving you peace and confort during this time of sadness. But as he raised Jesus from his death he will raise your Mother to him in his arms. May God bless all of you an keep you in his Love. From the Mark Johnson family”
- Mark A Johnson
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“We are so saddened by Helens passing. She was a good woman, and a special aunt. I remember her wonderful homemade bread and hot chocolate she made us as little kids, at your home on the farm. I tried to convince her I was allergic to eggs, don't think that one went over. I will miss her. Her ability to remember the family history was a treat. She shared her love with many. ”
- Sue Schott Ross
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to hear about this loss - she will be missed”
- Cindy Bertsch
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Donna, I just learned of your Mom's death and I am so sorry. I know first hand what you are going through. I will tallk to you when I get back to Iowa. You and your family have my sympathy.
- Linda Struck
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