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Gladys LuElla (Skiver) Baker

October 23, 1925 — January 2, 2020

Gladys LuElla Baker age 94, of Holgate, died Thursday morning, January 2, 2020 at Vancrest of Holgate.

Her Legacy… She was born October 23, 1925 to Carl O. and Creda (Wheeler) Skiver in Defiance.  When she was 3, her mother died.  Her step mother was Ruby Werble Skiver.  Gladys graduated from Ayersville High School.  On April 6, 1946, she married Arnold Baker in St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Defiance.  She worked at Campbell Soup Company in Napoleon in the receiving department.  She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Holgate and was a part of the church choir.

Her Family… Gladys is survived by her children: daughters, Vickie Sweinhagen, Defiance, JoAnn (Richard) Schneider, Ocala, FL; and foster sons, Michael and Tim Thrasher; grandchildren: Eric (Abby) Sweinhagen and Amanda Schneider; great grandchildren, Aaron Hostettler and Taylor Sweinhagen.  She was preceded in death by her husband Arnold on January 23, 1986, a son Michael, a granddaughter Melissa Good, a brother, Norva Skiver  and son-in-law, James Sweinhagen.

Her Farewell Services… Friends will be received in the Zachrich Family Funaerl Home, Holgate on Sunday from 2-7 pm and again 1 hour before the funeral service in church.  The celebration of life is Monday, January 6, 2020 at 11:00 am in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Holgate with Reverend Theodore Rellstab officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Stephen’s Lutheran Cemetery on Road Y in Defiance County.  Contributions made in the memory of Gladys Baker can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the American  Heart Association.

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Service Schedule

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

2:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Zachrich Funeral Home and Cremation Services

114 Williams Street, Holgate, OH 43527

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Celebration of Life

Monday, January 6, 2020

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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