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Mary Ann Siemieniewski

Female 1931 - 2011  (79 years)

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  • Name Mary Ann Siemieniewski 
    Born 19 Dec 1931  Geneseo, Sargent County, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 17 Apr 2011  Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Mary Ann Baker, 79, died of cancer at her home with her loving family and friends at her side. Mass of Christian burial will be held at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Joseph officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery next to her husband, James Joseph Baker who died January 5, 1982. Visitation will be held on Tuesday 4:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. at Mankato Mortuary preceded by a rosary at 3:30 p.m.. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral.

      Mary Ann was born Dec 19, 1931, to Leon Louis and Anna (Pollack) Siemieniewski in Geneseo, ND. She graduated from Lidgerwood High School and attended nursing school at St. Gabriel's School of Nursing in Little Falls, MN. She left nursing school for marriage and family.

      On June 11th, 1951, Mary Ann was united in marriage to James Joseph Baker at Saint Martin's church in Geneseo, ND. They began their family life together in Wahpeton, ND and in 1960 moved their family to the Mankato, MN area. After which, she loved to travel "out home" to ND to share in celebration with her family and friends. Eight girls and four boys were born of their marriage.

      Those 12 children required her to wear many hats, 4-H leader, chaperone for a multitude of school functions, and a charter member of early childhood programs in Mankato. Her home was a safe hang out with plenty of food for anyone's friends. Mary Ann was a passionate environmentalist before it was vogue to be one. She enjoyed gardening from which she canned hundreds of quarts of tomatoes and would make her own special brand of horse radish. At Christmas, fruit cakes, baked goods and colored sandwiches could be expected from her.

      She lived her Catholic faith. She was a long time member of SS. Peter and Paul and was known to many as the lady who organized the serving of rolls and coffee after mass on Sunday. She was a willing participant in whatever event was being hosted at the church and could be counted on to recruit more helping hands if needed.

      She was proud of her long association with National Catholic Society of Foresters where she served as the National Vice President and an insurance agent. She was also a member of the Minnesota state board of Fraternal Congress, President for the PCCW and participated at the Diocesan level. After raising her own children, Mary Ann worked until last year as one of the "lunch ladies" at Bridges and Kennedy schools. Mary Ann enjoyed many friends and a gathering of 3 or more meant they would be playing a game of cards. Watching the Minnesota Twins was a passion and listening and dancing to "Olde time" music was a favorite. Camping at Polka Days in Gibbon was a required event for many years, dancing in her high heel shoes of course. It was said, that if Mary Ann was invited to a party, you could expect her attendance. She was extremely proud of her Polish heritage and was much appreciated as the family archivists with a gift of remembering lineage, names and dates for all.

      Mary Ann is survived by her admiring children; Peter (Cindi) Baker of rural Mankato, Janet (Keith) Hedge of Eagle Lake, Mary Beth (Art) Shelton of Van Buren, Arkansas, Caryle (Ken) Cummings of rural Mankato, James D. Baker of Elysian, Donna (Tom) Haley of Madison Lake, Gayle (Paul) Lenz of DePere, WI, John (Beth) Baker of North Mankato, Brenda Baker of Mankato and Eric (Rande) Baker of rural Mankato. Grandma Baker was especially proud of her 19 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

      Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James; daughters; Rhonda Baker and Lynn Bisch; grandson, Matthew Bisch; son in-law, Mickael Bisch and brother Chester Siemieniewski.

    Buried Calvary Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1134  tree1
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2019 

    Father Leon Louis Siemieniewski,   b. 16 Jun 1895, Big Foot Prairie, McHenry County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1972, Breckenridge, Wilkin County, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Anna Mary Pollock,   b. 8 Jul 1901,   d. 16 Apr 1985  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 27 May 1929 
    Family ID F445  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family James Joseph Baker,   b. 2 Jan 1927,   d. 5 Jan 1982  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 11 Jun 1951  Geneseo, Sargent County, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Family ID F446  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S288] Find A Grave, (Web).
      MEMORIAL ID 68548812