Joanne Baer

October 04, 1928 ‒ January 28, 2019

Marion, Ohio

JoAnne Lee Corbin Baer went to heaven on January 28, 2019, at the age of 90 years. She was born October 4, 1928 on her grandmother Grace Key’s birthday in Marion, Ohio to the late John B. and Mildred Corbin. Her grandparents were the late Mr. and Mrs. William Sherman and Cora Lee Corbin of Waldo and Mr. and Mrs. Claude L. and Grace Key of Mount Victory, Ohio.

She graduated from Waldo High School in 1946, the youngest in a class of 14. She enjoyed her aunt Ruth Briggs as one of her teachers while at Waldo. She was the only one in the class to graduate from college, Ohio State, as an RN.

On December 4, 1948, she married Reverend Robert D. Baer who was a Marine in WW II. She did all she could to help him achieve 9 1/2 years of college as he pursued 50 years of ministry, supporting her husband every way possible. She taught Bible studies, Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and several choirs. She loved helping others and took in the homeless to help them and show them how to receive God‘s plan for their lives. She appreciated all the new friends her husband’s calling provided her.

She served as president of the Minister’s Wives’ Conference of the West Ohio United Methodist Church, and served as Vice President of the former conference, WSCS. She served as guest speaker on several occasions.

An important occasion for she and her husband was being immersed in baptism in the Jordan River in Israel in 1980. They both had been baptized as children but neither remembered that special date.

She started her spiritual walk at Greenwood UB Church which later combined with two other churches to become Crossroads United Methodist Church. While living in Waldo she joined the Waldo United Methodist Church. Then when she moved after marriage, she went back to Greenwood Church until Bob went to college, then seminary, followed by churches assigned by the Conference to her husband.

God gave her three great sons, Mark Alan Baer (Linda), a musician in Georgia, the late John Robert Baer (Mary), CA, and CH (LTC) Timothy Lee Baer, stationed at US Army Chaplain Center and School, Fort Jackson, SC. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Sarah R. Elmer, Stephen R. Baer, Rachel E. Beckler, Jason R. Baer, Corbin A. Baer, Camille A. Baer, CPT Hannah L. Baer, Abigail J. Baer, 2LT Timothy Joel Baer, and 12 great-grandchildren.

She tried hard to be a meticulous housewife and always wanted to be a good example of a loving nurse, housewife and parent. She especially liked spoiling her grandchildren. She cherished every opportunity to love the great grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory is Reverend Robert Baer whom she was married to for 70 years. She thanked God every day for giving Bob to her. She was preceded in death by John Robert Baer, her second son, her sister Mary Jane Graham, brother William B. Corbin, as well as parents and grandparents.

The family will receive friends and family at Snyder Funeral Home, Denzer Chapel, 360 East Center Street, from 4:00-7:00 pm, on Monday, February 4, 2019.   A 1:30 pm Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.  Service will be conducted by her sons Mark Baer and CH (LTC) Timothy Baer. Interment will be held in the Waldo cemetery next to her parents and her loving son John.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Baer family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • CH Baer, I send my prayers and condolences to you and your family. Pray tat God give you the peace and comfort during this time and beyond.

  • I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. One encouraging thought you might find comforting is found at John 5:28, 29. “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” God gives us this beautiful hope that he will soon resurrect our dead loved ones and we can see them again on a paradise earth! I hope this promise brings you comfort as it does me.