Vera L. Baker

September 05, 1931 ‒ May 07, 2018

Waldo, Ohio

Vera L. Baker, age 86, died Monday, May 7, 2018, at Marion General Hospital following a brief illness.

On September 5, 1931, Vera was born in Waldo, Ohio, one of three children of the late Forest H. “Bud” and Darlene (Wilson) Smith.  She graduated from Waldo High School in the class of 1949.

While in high school Vera met Bruce Baker. They officially started dating in 1946 when she was a freshman and he was a junior. After a five year courtship, Vera and Bruce were married in her home on July 3, 1951, and they have been by each other’s side every moment of their sixty six years of marriage.

Vera worked for the United States Postal Service for 25 years serving as a postal clerk in both the Waldo and Marion Post Offices. She retired in 1995.

Dedicated to the Waldo community, Vera supported her husband, Bruce, as mayor for twenty six years and even briefly served as mayor herself. She also served on the Fort Morrow Fire Auxiliary and was a member of the Waldo Mother’s Club.  She also served all of Marion County as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and had been a member of the Knights of Pythias.

Vera was a member of the Waldo United Methodist Church, where she had taught Sunday school.

Always up for an adventure, Vera could have bags packed and ready to go in minutes.  According to Bruce they “traveled a little bit of everywhere,” which really meant they traveled all over the world together.  They traveled from coast to coast, to Alaska, Barcelona / South America, Europe, “the Holy Lands,” and several trips to the Caribbean. They also loved going to baseball games and were avid Cincinnati Reds and OSU Buckeye fans .They even went to spring training for the Reds on many occasions in both Florida and Arizona.

A voracious reader, Vera loved a fiction novel and would read one book after another.  She also enjoyed sewing and cooking for her family, and she loved “finding a good deal” especially at thrift stores. Vera also enjoyed refinishing woodwork for her family and friends.

Vera “was most proud of her family.”  Her favorite time of the year was the holidays, and she loved hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas, filling her house with everyone she loved.  She was all of her children and grandchildren’s biggest fans, never missing a ball game or event they participated in.

Vera had a heart of gold, and she was “always trying to do something for someone,” always put the needs of others before her own.

Left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband, Bruce Baker; three children: Linda (Yog) Kleppinger of Marion, Bruce “Gene” (Kim Gardner) Baker of Delaware, and Sandee (Kim) Lauer of Prospect; eight grandchildren: Kylee (Tony) Kusian, Aubree and Zackery Kleppinger, Benjamin and Brent Baker, and Bethani (Cory) Temple, Nicholas (Erin) Lauer, and Kelsi (fiancé Corey Gerdeman) Lauer; three great-grandchildren: Coen Kusian, and Cambree and Benton Temple; a sister, Sharon (Lloyd) Mahaffey; and several nieces and nephews.

Including her parents, Vera was preceded in death by her teenage son, Buddy Ray Baker in 1976; and brother, John Hoke “Jack” (Betty) Smith.

Her family will greet friends from 1 – 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring her life will follow at 3 p.m. with Minister Mike Fogle officiating.  Burial will follow in Waldo Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fort Morrow Fire Station 600, 306 N. Marion St., Waldo, OH 43356, or to Waldo United Methodist Church, 141 S. Marion St., Waldo, OH 43356.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Vera’s family and your condolences may be expressed with them via

  • I am so thankful to have seen you on my surprise “70th” birthday party this last Saturday May 5th when you shared family, food, and love with us all. I am blessed to have spoke with you before God has called you home. GOD bless your family and thank you for all the memories…Bill/Kay Jean Furlong

  • The Hollaways are mourning with you. We are thinking of you and praying for you at this very difficult time. We’re so sorry. ❤️😢🙏❤️

  • May the God of peace and comfort that surpasses all understanding be with the Baker Family during your time of loss and healing. Much love.
    Ruth Ann Mendoza Foster &
    Dora Jean Mendoza

  • I am so sorry for your loss. It is never easy to let go of a loved one. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Linda. I am so sorry you lost your Mom. I enjoyed reading about her. She was a remarkable person and gave of herself to others. It made me feel good knowing you had such a wonderful person to be your Mom My condolences to all family and feoends.

  • After living across the street from Vera and Bruce all of our years in Waldo, it’s hard to fathom that Vera is gone. It was less than a year ago that she and Bruce came to pay their respects when Dad died, and some time before then that Mom and I ran into Vera at Perkins in Marion. I remember Vera as she was when we were growing up, working in the post office and the antique store, always busy, it seemed; now she is with Buddy and other family members again. The Rinehart family sends our deepest condolences to Bruce, Linda, Gene, Sandee, and their families, and all of Vera’s family. I’m sorry we can’t be there, but you’re in our thoughts.

  • I would like to express my deepest sympathy to family and friends. May all of your good memories be greater than your sadness during this difficult time. (Isaiah 25:8)

  • Linda, so sorry to hear about your mother. You will always have the wonderful memories and relive them many times. You have our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Nancy and Tom Tomlin

  • Bruce,Linda, Gene and Sandee,

    So sorry to hear about Vera. My wife and I are far away, but please know we are thinking about you. Her memory will live a very long time. Growing up in Waldo, we all knew of the Baker family. All of you such fine people.

    John Snyder

  • Growing up in Waldo and now living just outside of Waldo I have known Vera, Bruce and the family almost all of my life. Our best times were playing volleyball in the Waldo gym with Vera and Betty. We have such good times and laughs. The highlight was our end or year trip to the G&R before taking our summer break. She was a generous, kind and vivacious person and I will remember and miss her.

  • Bruce and family, sorry for your loss of Vera comma my thoughts and prayers are with you. I am unable to make it to visiting hours since I am on vacation.
    Ann Schweinfurth Woolum