Bonnie L. Baker, 85, of Decatur, IN, passed away the morning of Ascension Sunday, Mother's Day, May 13, 2018 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born on July 20, 1932, in Allen County, IN, the daughter of the late Leslie J. and Alwilda V. (Urbine) Pranger. On August 23, 1952, she married Eugene C. “Pud” Baker and after 54 loving years together, he preceded her in death on June 27, 2007.
Bonnie was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and a member of its Rosary Society. She was a 1950 Graduate of Central Catholic High School in Ft. Wayne.
She was a homemaker and spent most of her life taking care of her family. She also was the bookkeeper for 30 years for her husband’s business: E.C. “Pud” Baker Painting & Decorating, Inc.
Bonnie lived her life in a simple way. The most important matters in her life were her Catholic Faith and her love for her family. She was a wonderful wife, mom and grandma. She was a great example of how to live and what is important in life.
She is survived by her 4 sons, Tim (Kathy) Baker, Terry (Nancy) Baker, Ted (Debbie) Baker, and Tony (Holly) Baker all of Decatur; her 3 daughters, Lynn (Mark) Fruchte of Decatur, Jan (Todd) Dawson of Leesburg, and Sheri (Kye) Hofman of Haubstadt; 3 brothers, Joe (Anne) Pranger, Mike (Jenny) Pranger, and John (Pam) Pranger; 2 sisters, Shirley (Gene) Dirig and Pat (Larry) Parker; 28 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren on-the-way.
Visitation will be from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home. Reciting of the Holy Rosary will be on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm for family and friends
A Prayer Service will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. Father David Ruppert will be officiating and burial will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School Endowment Fund through A.C.C.F., Masses, or to Family Life Care-Hospice.