J oyce E. Baker of North Pawlet, Vt., passed away on Oct. 10, 2008 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
Joyce was born on April 28, 1926 in Whitehall, NY the daughter of John and Rose (Viau) McCabe. She was raised by her mother and step-father Edward K. Baker.
Joyce was a graduate of Mildred Elly Business School. She had been employed by George Clark at the former Butternut Bend Store. Joyce’s faith was of extreme importance to her. She was a pillar of St. Frances Cabrini Church where she was active on the Parish Council and St. Frances Cabrini Society. In addition to her role of bookkeeper for the parish, she was also active in the Bishop’s Fund Appeal as well as teaching religious instruction and singing in the choir. Joyce was involved in the Literacy Program at the Pawlet School for many years. She was a Cub Scout Leader, a member of the North Pawlet Sewing Circle and a charter member of the Pawlett Historical Society. Joyce was a member of the Pawlet School Board for over 15 years and received state recognition for her many years of service. In addition to being an exemplary wife, mother and homemaker she was the primary caregiver for her parents and her husband for over 25 years.
In addition to her parents, step-father and two brothers, William E. McCabe and Fred C. Baker, Joyce was predeceased in 2003 by her husband Charles “W” Baker, whom she wed on May 25, 1945. Survivors are her four daughters: Marie LaBarbera and her husband John of Indiana and their children Christoforo and Edwardo; Roseanne Meier and her husband Dan of Virginia and their children Karl and his wife Katie, John and Kathleen; Susan Fragnoli Hosley and her husband Terry of No. Pawlet and her daughter Carrie Fragnoli Johnson and her husband Jeremy, and Charlene Webster and her husband Charles of Arlington, Vt.; a son Charles W. Baker and his wife Andrea of Townshend, Vt., and their children Shannon Astolfi and her husband Tony and Caitlin Baker. Also surviving is a great grandchild, Charlie Ray Johnson, two sister-in-laws, Karen Baker of Saranac Lake and Mabel Baker Connors of New Milford, Pa.
A Funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Church in West Pawlet, Vt., with the Rev. Thomas Zelker presiding. Burial will follow at Mountainview Cemetery in W. Pawlet. Friends were invited to call on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Joyce’s home (8 N. Pawlet Road) in North Pawlet.
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial contributions to Dorset Nursing Assoc. POB 549, Dorset, VT 05251 or the Granville Rescue Squad, POB 153, Granville, NY 12832.