John J. Baker, 93, of Monaca, who exemplified altruistic dedication to the church, was welcomed into the embrace of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Thursday, December 8, 2011, at Beaver Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in South Beaver Township, PA.
Born January 18, 1918, in Latrobe, John was a son of the late Paul and Elizabeth (Majer) Baker. He was the devoted husband of the apple of his eye, the late ?Honey? Ann H. (Burick) Baker, with whom he was united in marriage on May 18, 1946, at St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe. Her passing occurred on June 27, 2007.
Mr. Baker was a devout member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca, where he was employed as the sacristan for over 40 years with his beloved wife, Ann, and faithfully attended daily mass and Holy Communion. His dedication and love for the church was displayed in numerous capacities as a Eucharistic minister, lector and member of Holy Name Society and volunteer for the former St. John the Baptist school booster club. One of his passions was seeing beauty in the church and found great joy in decorating the church at Christmas. Several years ago he and his wife were granted the Father Marcus O?Brien Award for selfless service to the church. Mr. Baker also was a member of St. Vincent Holy Name Society.
A World War II veteran who served under General Patton in the Battle of the Bulge, Mr. Baker was honored to be with General Patton when he died. He was a retiree of the former J&L Steel Corp, Aliquippa Works, where he was employed as a lineman. Active in Monaca Little League sports, Mr. Baker managed a team and received a ?Man of the Year? award in April 1992. He just celebrated with his friends their 75th Latrobe High School Reunion. Mr. Baker loved Christmas including decorating his home for the holidays. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing and small game hunting. He cherished his children and grandchildren and loved joking with his great-grandchildren. His love also extended to his nieces, nephews and godchildren.
He will be sadly missed by his two sons, Jared J. Baker in Virgina and David Baker and his wife, Patty, of Economy; two daughters, Annette Wright of Monaca and Janet Baker-Montgomery and her husband, Dave, also of Monaca; grandchildren, Dawson and Clara Wright, Annette and Brian Tarbuk and their children, Brian Robert, Matthew Michael and Isaac Anthony Tarbuk, Bridgette and Jarod Trunzo and their children, Gianna Marie and Sophia Gabrielle Trunzo, David and Sarah Baker, Brian Baker and his fiancée, Alyssa Lux, Maria Baker, Jared Baker, Steven & Chris Mozes and their son, Samuel Steven Mozes, Alexis Mozes, and David Nicholas Montgomery; a brother, Michael in Florida, two sisters, Peggy Pozinsky of Somerset and Pauline Byers of Latrobe, many, many nieces and nephews and his godchildren.
Along with his beloved wife and parents, Mr. Baker was preceded in death by his son, Robert Baker in 1983.
Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca, where parting prayers will be offered Monday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca. Recitation of the rosary will be held on Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the funeral home.
Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to St. John the Baptist Church, 1409 Pennsylvania Avenue, Monaca, PA 15061, or St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. John the Baptist Church, Monaca.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Timothy Jackson and the staff at Beaver Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the wonderful care that was given to Mr. Baker.
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