Jean Baker

August 14, 1928 - January 15, 2018

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Thursday, January 18, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel

Friday, January 19, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Trinity Church United Methodist, 229 South State Street, Kendallville


Friday, January 19, 11:00 AM
Trinity Church United Methodist, 229 South State Street, Kendallville


Jean Baker, 89, of Kendallville died Monday, January 15, 2018, at 8:25 a.m. at Parkview Regional Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born August 14, 1928, in Kendallville to Forrest and Leoma (Stonebraker) France.

On September 10, 1950, in Kendallville she married David Baker. He survives in Kendallville.

Mrs. Baker and her husband were long-time owners and operators of Bakers’ Fruit & Flower Farm in Kendallville. She would rise early every morning to make fresh donuts for their customers.

She was a lifelong member of Trinity Church United Methodist in Kendallville and a member of Tri Kappa.

Jean enjoyed knitting and made special Christmas stockings for all of her family. She was known as the “Cookie Lady” at Trinity Church and served on the hospitality team until recently.

Also surviving are two sons, Brad (Charna) Baker of Kendallville and Brian (Doris) Baker of Kendallville; four daughters, Barb (Eric) Burkhardt of Fort Wayne, Beth (Noah) Miller of Columbia South Carolina, Brenda (Mike) Jansen of Kendallville, and Becky (Paul) Brown of Kendallville; 11 grandchildren, Rob Baker, Drew (Ashley) Baker, Cal Baker, Nik (Beth) Burkhardt, Nate (Kayla) Burkhardt, Sarah Baker, Emily (Tim) Ryan, Riley Miller, Melinda (Joel) Pippenger, Kevin (Amanda) Jansen, and Claire Brown; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Preston of Kendallville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Janice Fleisher; and a grandson, Cory Brown.

Funeral services will be Friday, January 19, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church United Methodist, 229 South State Street, Kendallville with Rev. Chris Stephens officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Calling is Thursday, January 18, 2018, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Preferred memorials are to the Cory A. Brown Memorial Fund in care of the Community Foundation of Noble County, 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, Indiana, 46767, or to Trinity Church United Methodist.

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James Remke
October 2nd, 2018 6:32pm
Highlights Kentucky

Brad, I am so sorry for your loss.

Kelli Fitzpatrick Burrill
January 27th, 2018 7:54pm
San Francisco

Dear Baker Family, I was so sad to read in the News Sun of the recent passing of Jean. I so remember her infectious smile and welcoming personality. East Noble snow days were always spent with Barb and friends at the Baker home. Memories I will cherish always! My thoughts and prayers are with you all

Julie & Jeff Cauhorn
January 22nd, 2018 5:22pm
Avilla IN

We're so sorry for your loss.

Rita Herczeg
January 21st, 2018 6:30pm
Naples, FL

Dear Baker Family, May God give you strength and a peaceful heart during your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have known the whole Baker family for so many years during my time in Kendallville. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Amber (Herczeg) Field
January 21st, 2018 6:12pm
Naples, FL

To the Baker Family, I am very sorry to hear that Jean has passed away. What a wonderful and caring contributor to the Kendallville Community. The memories I have with Barb and family growing up are cherished. My deepest sympathy to all of the Baker Family. May God give you strength to carry on the family traditions.

Dean and Rhonda Baker
January 21st, 2018 3:40am

January 21st, 2018 3:38am

To the Baker Family we are so sorry to hear about Jean's passing. As the flu bug has hit us we were not able to attend but wanted you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Douglas J. Atz
January 19th, 2018 5:28pm

Dave and family... I wish I were there to carry my entire family's thoughts and prayers to all of you personally. The relationship Jean had with my parents and my family through so many years can not be replaced and will always be remembered so fondly and with great respect. Our prayers go out to Dave and all of the Baker family.

Joe Atz
January 19th, 2018 3:05pm

As much as the Baker family has meant to me, and all of my classmates, I am profoundly sorry to not be able to join and support you in person at this time. Jean, and the entire Baker family has been and continues to be a blessing to all in our community. Our prayers and support are with David and the entire family.

Cindy Frick
January 19th, 2018 2:43am

Dear Baker Family I wish so much that I could share my respects n person, but health issues are keeping me home. I will always remember Jean with so much honor. Her hard work ethic was a great example for the employees at Bakers. But along with that was her genuine kindness as she put so much thought into scheduling people around their activities. She and her family made a positive impact on my life that I will never forget. Prayers and comfort to the whole family. Blessings, Cindy

mike earley
January 19th, 2018 1:36am
carmel, IN

To the Baker Family - I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Baker. The Baker family was a part of growing up in Kendallville and especially Trinity church. I have always enjoyed seeing Mr & Mrs Baker when i'm up there. And they will always be Mr & Mrs! My thoughts and prayers are with you as you honor a great life. Mike

Wendell & Marcia Fritz
January 18th, 2018 8:56pm
Kendallville, IN

So sorry for your family. Jean was such a special person. Her laugh was so infectious and she was always busy "behind the scenes" at many events. Your whole family remains in our thoughts and prayers.

Nancy Constantine
January 18th, 2018 8:23pm
Ft. Wayne,In

In the years I attended Trinity Jean was always very kind to me and to Lyman also. She lived a good life.

Don And Helen Cochard
January 18th, 2018 6:54pm
Kendallville, IN

We are sorry to hear of your mother and grandmother passing Brad and Drew. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Deb Rothhaar
January 18th, 2018 6:26pm
Kendallville, IN

So very sorry to hear about Jean. I'll miss her being one of my closest neighbors.

Jack and Cindy Jollief
January 17th, 2018 11:30pm
Kendallville, IN

Our hearts go out to each and every one of you with Jean' passing. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her. May your memories be your strength. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Terry and Linda Atz
January 17th, 2018 10:35pm

So sorry to hear about Jean. Praying for peace and comfort for your families and especially Dave.

Nate Tipton family
January 17th, 2018 9:59pm
Nashville IN

Our thoughts are with you at this difficult stage. I have great memories of playing in the orchard and always smiling welcoming faces in the store especially Jean and Dave! Thank you

Connie Allen
January 17th, 2018 9:03pm
Fort Wayne

Brad, Charna, Cal and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Julie Todd Kelley
January 17th, 2018 5:53pm
Seagrove Beach, Florida

I was very sad to hear of Jean’s passing. I remember well the many days of babysitting her delightful children...from the little farm days to Rush Street. Jean was such a positive, caring, giving person who will be forever missed by so many. My heart goes out to Dave and the family.

Barbara Hedges
January 17th, 2018 4:05pm
Orland, indiana

My sister Julie and I were frequent babysitters for the Baker family when we were in our teens. Jean was a wonderful caring person. Sorry for your loss.

Marsha Moses Kingery
January 17th, 2018 4:10am
Greentown Indiana

Prayers for peace and comfort to all of you at this difficult time. I have so many fond memories of Jean as I was growing up and going to school and church with Barb. What a wonderful celebration of life she lived.

Tammy Kinerk-Citton
January 17th, 2018 2:36am
Leesburg Im

So sorry for your loss! I have such great memories of Baker's store a d apple orchard! And of course her donuts!!!

Russell and Bonnie DeCamp
January 17th, 2018 2:13am
Kendallville, IN

Our sincere sympathy to the family.

Jay and Susan Frymier
January 17th, 2018 1:45am
Fort Wayne, IN

Susan and I are so sorry for your loss our prayers are with all of the family.

Ginny Bherns
January 17th, 2018 1:41am

I frequently used Bakes Floral when it was on Drake Road. Although I don't personally know the family I wanted to extend my sympathies to them.

Ken and Sherry Holden
January 17th, 2018 12:15am
Alexandria, VA

We are so sorry for your loss!

Mark & Barbara Schuyler
January 16th, 2018 11:30pm

So sorry for the passing of Jean . She will truly be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Dave, and your family.

Rex Reade
January 16th, 2018 10:23pm
Albany, IN

Dave and family, So sorry for your loss, Jean was a wonderfully gentle soul. She always made you feel welcome whether at the store or church. God bless and keep you close though these difficult days. The Baker family will be in my thoughts and prayers

Duane Hanes
January 16th, 2018 9:56pm
Sarasota, Fl

So sorry to hear about Jean's passing. Have known her for many years and she will be missed by our community. God bless and keep the family during this time of sorrow.

Family of Al Haney
January 16th, 2018 7:06pm

Dave and family, So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in thoughts and prayers. God bless.

Julie Carmicheal
January 16th, 2018 5:56pm

Each of us friends became members of family upon the doorstep of the Baker home. Jean will always hold a special place in my heard. Rest in peace, dear TriKappa sister. Rejoice in your memories, Baker family!

Corinne Donat Zuege
January 16th, 2018 5:46pm
Louisville KY

David, Brad, Barb, Brian, Beth, Brenda, Becky and families, Jean was a wonderful woman who graciously welcomed your many friends into your home. I feel fortunate to be one of them. She was the epitome of a perfect mom role-model. May your many family memories sustain you in the coming days. You’ll be in my prayers. Corinne

Cherris Lehman
January 16th, 2018 2:32pm

Our sympathies, and our prayers are for you during this sad time. We always found service and a smile when we visited your business. Your kindness over the years has meant so much to al of the Barkers.

Dennis and Alieta Graft
January 16th, 2018 11:47am

Our sympathies upon the loss of your wonderful mother, grandmother and lifelong partner of Dave.

Teri Englund
January 16th, 2018 5:13am

The Bakers was always the home to hang out, have sleepovers and great meals. Plus Jean was a wonderful boss at Bakers Orchard. The Baker family will always have a special place in my heart and in my prayers.

Burna Nelson Whan
January 16th, 2018 4:59am
Carmel, IN

I have such fond memories of Mr and Mrs. Baker. I remember her always smiling and so kind. She loved her kids and their friends. Sorry for your loss

Dan and Nancy Diggins
January 15th, 2018 11:24pm
16745 E Saguaro Blvd Unit 105

So sorry to hear about Jeans death. Know that your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.