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Barbara J. Baker, June 14, 1948 - September 14, 2019

Barbara J. Baker
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Barbara (Barb) J. Baker, age 71, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, September 14th, 2019.

She was born in 1948 to Ervin and Marlys (Spaulding) Berg in Eau Claire, WI. She graduated from Memorial High School in 1966, where she met and later married Edwin O. Baker Jr. Barb was passionate about being a mother and grandmother. She dedicated years of service to the Sundowners Drum and Bugle Corps and Winter Colorguard for which her children were active members for numerous years. 

She is proceeded in death by her husband Edwin (Ed), son Scott Baker, granddaughter Kira Leya, and her parents.

She is survived by daughters Gina Baker and Leya (Matt) Hoy, sister Carolyn (John) Kinville, granddaughters Joscelyn and Lauryn, and numerous family and friends.

Memorials may be given in Barb’s name to the Eau Claire County Humane Association.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2019 at Sammy’s Pizza, 2812 London Rd, Eau Claire, WI. There will be a graveside service for immediate family members on Monday, September 23, 2019 at Forest Hill Cemetery, Eau Claire.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Christopher Sandvig September 17, 2019

    Gina and Leya I want to offer my condolences for the passing of your mother. Barbara was so kind buy very busy. I remember always seeing her with a tackle box of threat to make costumes for Sun downers and Phantom Regiment. I remember when she invited me to play bingo at the Labor temple. I remember sunny days spent at Boot lake in Summer. She helped me get into setting up tables and chairs for bingo. She ad a good heart and great personality. I miss her very much. I always thought it was funny when she commented what are the three of you guys up to now. Referring to Ed, Scott, and I. I remember her love of cats. Blessed be her memory.

  2. Melissa Eslinger September 16, 2019

    Gina and Leya,
    You are in my thoughts and I pray for peace to fill your hearts.

    Melissa Eslinger

  3. Jeffrey Johnson September 16, 2019

    Gina and family, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss and "Ma" Baker's passing. May peace always be yours. Jeff.

  4. Laura Johnston Bratt September 16, 2019

    Sending my love to Gina, Leya, and Barb's entire family. Barb was an amazing woman and will be greatly missed. Her support of the drum corps and color guard community in Eau Claire meant the world to so many of us and her huge smile and uplifting laugh will live on in many of our hearts.

  5. Diane Deering September 16, 2019

    Gina, I am so sorry to hear the sad news of your mom's passing. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. ♥️

  6. Christine Sonnentag September 16, 2019

    So sorry for your loss Gina and family.