Obituary for Mary Eleanor Baker Our loving mother, Mary Eleanor Baker, 86, of Wellington, passed away peacefully after a short illness on Thursday, January 10, at her home with her family by her side. She was born to the late Caroline and Benedetto Farago on February 4, 1932 at their home at 258 North Main Street in Wellington. Mom graduated from Wellington High School in 1950 and worked as a secretary for Attorney Harry Wagner up until her marriage in 1956. Throughout her married life she mainly worked at home while raising her family and the neighborhood kids, until gaining employment as a bank teller at EST Bank in Wellington. She would eventually retire from FirstMerit Bank, but always remained active in the community. The matriarch of our family and a devout member of St. Patrick’s Church in Wellington and the Ladies Guild, mom attended nearly every pre-school, middle school and high school events that her kids and grandkids would participate in. She always took great pride in her children and grandchildren’s accomplishments in sports, music and the theater and would never forget to send cards on birthdays, holidays or special occasions. Mom loved all Cleveland sports teams, with the Indians holding a special place in her heart. She often talked about the 1948 team that won the World Series. Mom knew every player and the position they played. She was also a huge Ohio State and Notre Dame football fan, but her number one allegiance was to her home town Wellington Dukes. She went as many home games as possible and when she couldn’t attend she would always call her kids or relatives who did go, to hear what the outcome was. Her loyalty was severely tested when her son Jim was named head basketball coach at rival Avon and the two teams would periodically meet, but in the end, for mom, it was always, family first. She was a fabulous cook and was known throughout the area for her rigatoni and meatballs. There was never a need for measuring cups and teaspoons. It was a pinch of this and a dash of that, and never forget the garlic salt! That, we all will attribute to her Sicilian heritage and our Nana. She definitely had learned from the best. Whenever there was a fund raiser or banquet, her cooking was always in great demand and she made sure no one ever walked away hungry or unsatisfied. Her culinary expertise included the following family favorites: fried chicken, potato salad, ham and scalloped potatoes, swiss steak, rump roast and mushrooms, chicken paprikash, and asparagus with scrambled eggs. She was a serious bingo player and also liked listening to music and watching Wheel of Fortune. Her favorite song was Willie Nelson’s “You are always on my mind” and she especially enjoyed any selection performed by the WHS Concert and Marching Bands. Mom is survived by the father of her seven children, James R. Baker of Wellington, sons, James, Jr. (Suzanne) of North Ridgeville, Mark (Kimberly), of Wellington, Greg of Wellington, Ben (Kathy) of Wellington, and daughters, Rosemarie (Joe) Macnamara of Ashland, Carrie Hitchcock of Ashland and Antoinette (Don) Novotny of Wellington. Mom is also survived by her sisters Theresa Senghas, Bea Bowman, Angie Brinker, Rose Barrett, Josie Boone and Helen Dronsfield all of Wellington and brothers Tony, Joe, and James Farago all of Wellington. In addition to her mother and father, mom was preceded in death by her brothers Bill and Carl Farago and step-sister Caroline Mancuso. Mom is also survived by 15 grandchildren: Josh Baker, Mark, Brooks, Jake and Connor Baker, Trey, Zach and Devon Baker, Grace and Lily Macnamara, Allison Hyde, Renee Manocchio, George and Gabby Hitchcock and Danielle Novotny and 15 great grandchildren: Keagan Armitage, Kennedy and Karter Baker, Emily and Aaron Hyde, Ava, Gianna, Drew and Dominic Manocchio, Campbell and Camden Baker, Grayson Livingston and McKenna and Reese Baker. Calling hours are from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm on Tuesday, January 15 at the “old” St. Patrick’s Church at 512 North Main Street, Wellington. Services will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 16 at St. Patrick’s Church just north of the old church. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mary Eleanor Baker please visit our Sympathy Store. 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Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Mary Eleanor Baker February 4 1932 January 10 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Wellington, state: Ohio