Barbara Ann Baehr
November 03, 1945 ‒ January 09, 2019
Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio
After a lengthy fight against early on-set dementia, Barbara Ann Baehr passed away on Wednesday, January 9th at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.
Born on November 3rd, 1945 in Montclair, New Jersey to the late Joseph and Margaret Casey, Barbara Ann was the second of the seven Casey children. The Casey family moved to Marion, Ohio in 1947, where Barbara grew up, becoming an accomplished swimmer at the Marion Country Club in her youth, later attending Marion Catholic High School where she was a varsity cheerleader, graduating in 1963. After attending Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI for a year, Barbara returned to Marion to begin preparing for what would become a life-long career in radiology. It was back in Marion that she would meet the love of her life, Gary Baehr. They married February 4th, 1967 and together welcomed their only son, Matthew, in August 1968.
First in Marion with stops in Adrian, MI and Holland, OH, Barbara and Gary settled in Mansfield in 1972, calling it home for the next 35 years together. It was in Mansfield that she worked as an X-Ray Technician for both the late Dr. Robert Crawford and then for Dr. B.D. Auchard. With Dr. Auchard, she x-rayed what seemed to be every athlete in the Mansfield area and had a story to go along with them. For many years, it was a “I x-rayed so and so” at the kitchen table during dinner. With Dr. Auchard’s retirement, Barb began commuting to Westerville to work for the group at OrthoNeuro, where the names of the athletes changed but the stories that came with them didn’t.
In 2007, she and Gary themselves retired early to Melbourne, FL to enjoy the sun and warmth in 2007. For Barb, it was more to enjoy the heat and humidity that she loved as much as to get away from the snow and cold. But after five years away, the lure of family and friends back in Ohio brought them back where she and Gary made Westerville their final home together.
Always a great cook, Barbara was an even better baker, renowned for her chocolate chip cookies. When leaving to return to college or a long road trip, Barbara made a batch to send on the way. Needless to say, they never lasted very long! Homemade cinnamon rolls, apple, pecan and pumpkin pies, Christmas cookies and everything in between became staples throughout the family. The annual Casey-Baehr Donut Fry in the late 70’s and early 80’s highlighted the fall and are still talked about with reverence. Over the years she welcomed her two grandchildren, both of whom she cherished and, as grandmothers are supposed to do, bragged about them incessantly.
Barbara is survived by her son Matt, daughter-in-law Laura and grandchildren Jackson and Kendall, all of Westerville, as well as her sisters, Kathy Oblak (Ken), Mary Casey Burns (Jim) and brothers Jay, Jim (Holly), Jack (Mary) and Michael Casey as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded by her husband of 47 years, Gary in 2014 as well as her parents, Joseph and Margaret, all of whom were greeting her with open arms.
In keeping with Barbara’s wishes, there will not be calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, January 19th at 9:30 AM at the St. John Neumann Catholic Church (9633 State Route 37 E., Sunbury) with Fr. Paul Noble celebrant. Following mass, a celebratory open house for Barbara will be held for all family and friends to attend from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Matt & Laura’s home (5764 Salem Dr., Westerville OH 43082).
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Mitchell House of Westerville in care of George Mitchell, 360 N. West St., Westerville OH 43082. The Mitchell House of Westerville and the entire staff saw to Barbara’s care over the last year. Their attentive care as well as their physical and emotional support allowed Barbara to live the last year of her life with the dignity she deserved.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation and thanks to the Palliative Care team at St. Ann’s Hospital for their wonderful support and care of Barbara and the entire family during her stay.
We love you Mom. Meet you on the other side.
The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Baehr family. Condolences and special memories may be shared at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com