Margaret C. Baker, age 92 of St. Marys, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. She was born on August 31, 1927 in Mercer County to the late Lewis and Bertha (Parker) Merkle. On April 15, 1951 she married Lloyd Charles Baker, who died November 10, 1985. Survivors include her three children Cathy (John) Schaadt of Decatur, IN, Dwight (Aphakorn) Baker of College Station, TX, Duane (Barbara) Baker of Powell, 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 5 great-great granddaughters and her sister-in-law Barbara Merkle of Van Wert. Margaret was preceded in death by two brothers and sister-in-law Lewis (Jennie) Merkle Jr. David Merkle and three sisters and brothers-in-law Marie Lessner, Martha (Ralph) Pudsey, Olga (Ralph) Nave. Margaret owned and operated the Celina Engine Service in Celina, with her husband Lloyd. She was also employed in the banking and booking field in the Celina area for years. She enjoyed volunteering at Celina Public Schools the Churches she attended, the hospital gift shop and lately at the Otterbein Senior Life Community. A Memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Meyer Community Center at the Otterbein Senior Living Center in St. Marys, with Pastor Sharon Stonerock officiating. Private family interment of Margaret’s remains will be held on Saturday morning, in the St. Pual’s United Church of Christ Cemetery, Wabash. A Memorial gathering will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, in the Meyer Community Center at Otterbein Senior Living Center, St. Marys. Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Lake Hospice c/o JTD Hospital Foundation 200 St. Clair St., St. Marys, Ohio 45885. Condolences may be shared with the family online at LehmanDzendzelFH.com.
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