Katherine Agatha Baker, age 92, died Thursday, July 24, 2008 at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA as a result of a motor vehicle accident occuring on Friday, July 18, 2008 at Greenville, PA. Born on January 2, 1916 in Meadville, PA, Katherine was a daughter of the late Leo Zimmerman and Theresa Metzner Zimmerman. She married James Emerson Baker on August 16, 1941 and he preceded her in death on May 28, 2002.
Baker, Katherine AgathaKatherine graduated from St. Agatha High School in Meadville in 1934 and then worked for several years at Talon, Inc. in Meadville before her marriage. Following her marriage in 1941 and being a military service wife, she joined her husband in his business – Saegertown Service & Supply as well as being a home maker. She was reputable as a fine cook and specialized in spaghetti. She also enjoyed flower gardening and for many years entered her flowers in the Crawford County Fair where she received many Blue Ribbons. She also was skilled as an artist of water color painting. Katherine’s main strength in life was her faith in the Lord which she attested often. She was a member of the Pleasantview Missionary Alliance Church and played organ there for several years some years ago. She cherished her family and enjoyed the many times when they all would be together including her pet dog- “Vinny”.
Katherine is survived by four sons – James E. Baker and his wife, Nancy; Gary A. Baker and his wife, Janet; David E. Baker and his wife, Sheena; and Daniel L. Baker and his wife, JoAnne all of Saegertown; four daughters – Kathleen T. Prusia and her husband, Paul of Blooming Valley, Nancy E. White and her husband, James of Saegertown, Bonnie S. Paglia and her husband, John of Saegertown; and, Judith A. Dykins and her husband, Robert of Casselberry, FL. Also surviving are 29 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; and 3 great great grandchildren. Preceding her in death was a sister – Delores Swartzfager; three brothers – Victor, Vincent, and Jerome Zimmerman; a grand daughter – Ronda Prusia; a grand son – John Dykins; and a daughter-in-law – Charlotte Baker.
Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Sunday from from 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral services will be held at the Pleasantview Alliance Church, 16233 State Hwy # 86, Saegertown on Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Russell Huizing, pastor of the Church officiating. Interment will be at Reichel Cemetery, Cussewago Twp., Crawford County. Memorials may be made to the Pleasantview Alliance Church.