Bertha Baker, 90, Edgerton, died Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton.
A funeral service was Tuesday, July 21, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton.
Bertha Fransman was born on Dec. 6, 1924, to Dries and Eibertji (Vande Pol) Fransman on the farm near Valley Springs, South Dakota. Bertha grew up in the Hills and Valley Springs area where she attended county school west of Hills until the eighth grade. Bertha was baptized and gave her profession of faith at the Reformed Church in Valley Springs. After her education, she helped on the family farm and also cleaned houses in Hills.
On Nov. 3, 1948, she married Harold Baker. After their marriage they made their home on the family farm north of Edgerton. In 1985 they moved to Edgerton. Harold preceded Bertha in death in 2004. Bertha remained at their home until Oct. 10, 2014, when she moved into the Edgebrook Estates Senior Housing. On Friday, July 10.
Bertha was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton where she was active in the Christian Fellowship Ladies Aid and the Grow Group Bible study. She was a Calvinettes leader, volunteered as a “Green Shirt” for CRWRC and made many quilts for Hope Haven. Bertha spent time working at the Thrift Store in Worthington and also the VIM Thrift Store in Pipestone. For the church, Bertha folded and delivered bulletins as well as delivered Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed sewing and quilting, playing cards, gardening, bird watching, fishing and traveling.
Bertha is survived by five children, Duane (Carol) Baker, Edgerton, Verlyn (Sandra) Baker, Dayton, Oregon, Marion (Ruth) Baker, Sheldon, Iowa, Eloise (Matthew) Lee, Clive, Iowa, and Lynn (Terry) Holm, Brandon, South Dakota; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Clarence (Dorothy) Fransman, Crestwood, Illinois; a sister-in-law, Joann Fransman, Hills; and many other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Baker; and a brother, Edward Fransman.
Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Reformed Church Building Fund.
Arrangements were by Colonial Funeral Chapel in Edgerton.