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Wanda Baker

April 8, 1925 — October 5, 2020

Wanda Baker

TALLMADGE -- Wanda Mae (Lind) Baker, 95, passed away October 5, 2020.

Wanda was born on April 8, 1925, in Akron, Ohio, to John and Rebecca Lind, one of four daughters. While a cheerleader at Cuyahoga Falls High School, she met Harold Baker, the love of her life. Wanda graduated in 1943; after Harold completed his service in World War II, the two wed on February 16, 1946, at the First United Methodist Church in Cuyahoga Falls. Together with their growing family, the couple owned and operated Baker's Acres Swim and Golf Club in Tallmadge. Wanda and Harold were happily married for 71 years until Harold’s passing in 2017. Wanda Baker had a sharp wit, strong work ethic, and enjoyed music and singing.  She happily participated in church and school choirs and was a member of the girls quartet and a solo singer on the Cuyahoga Falls A Capella High School choir.  An avid golfer and sports fan, she loved her Ohio Sports teams, The Indians, The Browns, The Buckeyes, and enjoyed watching PGA golf when there wasn’t a game on. But most of all, she was a devoted fan of Duke University basketball.  She struck up a lasting friendship with Duke’s Coach Mike Krzyzewski, with whom she corresponded for many years.  She will be remembered for her devotion to her family, who she delighted in regularly asking, “Have I told you lately that I love you?”

In addition to her husband, Wanda is preceded in death by her son, Rick Baker. She is survived by her sons, Rand, Robert and Ronald; and will be greatly missed by her five grandchildren, Zachary, Matthew, Ryan, Patrick and Jaclyn; five great-grandchildren, and their families; her sister-in-law, Amy (Baker) Moneypenny; and brother-in-law Charles Moneypenny; and many nieces and nephews.

As per her request there will be no calling hours and the family will have private services. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221.

Arrangements entrusted to Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home and Crematory, 330-928-2147.

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