Josephine V. Baker, 95, of Spring Valley

Josephine V. Baker, 95, of Spring Valley, died June 27, 2019, at Spring Valley Senior Living.

She was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Chatfield to Elmer and Mabel (Gordon) Sutherland.

She attended school through the eighth grade in Chatfield and Wykoff.

She married Dewey Baker at the Methodist Church in Wykoff on March 16, 1940. They had five children.

She was a farm wife and also worked at a café in Spring Valley. She was a maid at the 5th Avenue Hotel in Rochester and hoed beans for Libby’s. Later, she worked at Waters-Conley and Lake Center in Stewartville.

She enjoyed sewing and quilting, gardening, listening to music — especially polkas and waltzes, putting puzzles together, going on rides and an occasional trip to the casino.

She is survived by four children, Nevin (Judy) of Jacksonville, Fla., Frances (Tom) Lawson and Shelley Baker, both of Spring Valley, and Roger (Cindy) of Albuquerque, N.M.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Melvin Eickhoff, of Spring Valley.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2003, one son, Eugene, three grandsons, nine sisters and two brothers.

Private family services will be held at a later date, burial will be at Spring Valley Cemetery. Condolences may be left at