Sister Mary Erwin Baker
The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth mourn the loss of Sister Mary Erwin Baker, 77, who died on Sept. 24, 2012 at Ross Hall, Mother House, Leavenworth, Kan.
Sister Mary Erwin (Marlene Anne) Baker was born on Feb. 17, 1935 in Leavenworth, Kan., one of four children of Erwin and Marcella (Biehler) Baker. She graduated from Sacred Heart Grade School, attended Saint Mary Academy until it closed, graduated from Immaculata High School in 1952 in Leavenworth, and attended Saint Mary College (now the University of Saint Mary) during the 1952 fall semester. She entered the religious community of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on Feb. 11, 1953, and as Sister Mary Erwin, made her profession of vows on Feb. 22, 1955.
She received her B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, and her M.A.T. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. From 1955-1962, S. Mary Erwin taught in elementary schools in Mo. and Kan. She taught high school math from 1963 in MO and CO before coming in 1972 to the University of Saint Mary to teach mathematics, math education, and computer science courses.
Upon her retirement for health reasons in 2000, S. Mary Erwin did math tutoring, kept writing portfolio records, and assisted the webmaster with the academic web pages for the University until 2004. In 2005 she moved to the Mother House, and then to Ross Hall in 2006. The Mary Erwin Baker Award for Caring Behaviors was inaugurated in 2008 by the USM Nursing Department students and Faculty.
Survivors include her brothers, Anthony Baker, Lawrence (and Judy) Baker, Ken (and Sheila) Baker; nephews Keith (and Lisa), Bill (and Melissa), Tom (and Kelly), Glen (and Danielle), Steven, Jhon, and Ernesto Baker; nieces Christine (and Larry) Bolz; Sara, Solange, Karen, and Jaquelin Baker; 7 grandnephews; 4 grandnieces; friends and her SCL community.
A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Ross Chapel of the Sisters of Charity Mother House in Leavenworth where friends may call after 4 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Ross Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery on the Mother House grounds. R. L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Ataxia Foundation, 2600 Fernbrook Lane Suite 119, Minneapolis, MN 55447-4752.