Viola M. Baer

April 07, 1916 ‒ December 12, 2008

formerly of Mansfield and Mount Gilead, Ohio

Viola M. Baer, most fondly known as “Aunt Vi,” age 92, formerly of Mansfield and Mount Gilead, died Friday morning, December 12, 2008, at Heartland of Marysville, following an extended illness.

She was born in Mansfield, Ohio, on April 7, 1916, the daughter of the late Charles and Lola (Crowl) Baer. Vi graduated from Mansfield Senior High School.

Shortly following graduation, Vi was trained as a lab technician in St. Louis, Missouri. A veteran of World War II, she had enlisted in the Women’s Army Corp at the outbreak of World War II. She served as a lab technician at an Army hospital in the Cleveland area during the War.

Upon her honorable discharge from the war, she returned to Mansfield to work as a lab technician at Mansfield General Hospital. When her mother, Lola, became ill, Vi retired to care for her mother and family.

A woman of deep faith, Vi was a member of the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Mansfield.

Having a love for animals, Vi was most especially a cat person and she had a feline friend nearly her entire life. She also enjoyed caring for her yard, keeping everything tidy.

With her warm and caring nature, Aunt Vi welcomed everyone she met with her beautiful smile. She always had the most positive outlook on life, seeing the best in everyone and everything. She would never complain or have any concerns of herself, rather she was more concerned about how everyone was around her.

She will be missed by her nephew and his wife, Mark and Julie Priday Cyphers of Plain City; two great-nephews: Specialist Mitchell Pinney Cyphers, who is currently deployed in Iraq, and Kenton “K.C.” Baer Cyphers, who is a senior at Tolles Technical Center; and several cousins.

In addition to her parents, Vi was preceded in death by her beloved sister, Catherine “Louise” Baer Cyphers, O.D.

Her family welcomes friends to services that will be held at the graveside in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Lucas on Thursday, December 18, 2008, at 11:00 a.m.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Richland County, 395 Lantz Rd., Mansfield, Ohio 44906.

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