Joan M. Baker

December 18, 1950May 1, 2021

Joan M. Baker 70, died peacefully May 1, 2021 at Huntington Woods Care and Rehab Center. She was born December 18, 1950 in Vermilion Ohio, the daughter of Joe and Mary (Palkovic) Kudela. She grew up on the family farm on West River Road in Vermilion, OH where she was a member of 4H, raised and showed horses and went hunting with her Dad. After graduating high school, Joan attended Notre Dame Academy in Toledo. Joan had various careers from phone sales followed by a position with the Cleveland Clinic where she worked as a lab tech, then to cosmetics sales and ultimately her favorite, which was as a realtor. She retired in 2013 due to the onset of Parkinson's disease. Joan met the love of her life Robert G. (Chip) Baker Jr. on Kelly's Island, the summer of 1978. They were married a year later in Cleveland Heights where they resided for 8 years before moving to Lake Ave. on Cleveland's near west side. Joan and her husband became very active in the areas homeowners association which ensures the integrity of all the neighborhood's old classic homes. She loved living by the lake and boating, and socializing with the neighbors where she made many lifelong friends. In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her older brothers Donald and Tony as well as Kathleen (Sister Ephrem, Order Sisters of Mercy, Fremont). Surviving, in addition to her husband Chip is her sister Mary Ann, of St. Joseph MI and brother Johnny, Wickenburg AZ as well as several generations of nieces and nephews. Funeral mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 6928 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH. Thursday May 13 2021 at 11am. Family will receive friends one hour before mass at church. There will be a "Celebration of Her Life" gathering at a later date TBD. Interment Maple Grove Cemetery, Vermilion Oh. Private. Those who wish to remember Joan in a special way may make donations in her memory to Huntington Woods Care and Rehabilitation Center 27705 Westchester Pkwy. Westlake Oh. 44145 and Bella Care Hospice 5000 Rockside Rd. Suite 150, Independence Oh. 44131 Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Baker family.


  • Robert G. "Chip", Beloved husband
  • Mary Ann, of St. Joseph MI, Loving Sister
  • Johnny, of Wickenburg AZ, Loving brother


  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, May 13, 2021


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Cindy Baker

May 12, 2021

Dear Joan you will be missed. We have so many happy memories of sitting around the kitchen table during the holidays drinking Ernie's famous home made wine! Cheers to you and your wonderful laugh!
Cindy and Ernie

Bill McAdams

May 12, 2021

I will always remember Joan's infectious laugh. She made you smile when she entered a room. A true friend . Joanie, you are missed. May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
My heart felt sympathies to you Chip for your loss.

God bless,
Bill McAdams

Louanne Palkovic

May 10, 2021

Dear Joan had a smile that would light up the room and a laugh that would make you smile. She always seemed to be in the best of spirits even when parkinsons was getting worse. We, her Palkovic family, will certainly miss seeing and hearing Joan's laugh at our Family Reunion. Rest in Peace Joan and know you are loved by your family and we will rejoice and laugh together again one day!

Sharon Friedman

May 9, 2021

Chip, my deepest sympathies on your loss of your beloved Joan. I was shocked and saddened to read about her passing. We'd talk periodically but I didn't know she was ill, as it's been a while since we spoke.. I still remember being at your Wedding on Crest. It was quite a memorable occasion and I think of you both when I drive by..May her Memory be for a blessing.

Janet Palkovic

May 9, 2021

My cousin Joan was so much fun to hang around with. When we were young she let me ride her pony. As adults I sold Mary Kay for awhile with her. It was such a good feeling sharing these times together. She also rode a motorcycle years ago and I also started riding in 2005. We talked about her times riding especially when she had a tire blow out on dead man’s curve in Cleveland. I sure loved her and will miss hearing her laugh. Rest in peace dear cousin. Fondly, Janet

Debbie Cadieux

May 9, 2021

Sending our Deepest Sympathy to you and the family with the loss of Joan. I remember her great sense of humor, and she was always a lot of fun to be around. Know that we are thinking of you all during this difficult time.

The Hall Chemical Company Group


Jody Kudela Lovejoy

May 9, 2021

Oh Aunt Joan aka Pony Joan ( since we had 3 Aunt Joan’s in our family ). You could always light up a room with laughter. Your energy was contagious for sure. Being only 8 years apart you felt more like big sister than an Aunt to me. You took life and lived it to the fullest. Rest Aunt Joan and I am sure we will meet again to chat about horses and life. 💛

Dave Lupyan

May 9, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to you. I know Joan was your best friend and Margie and I have many pleasant memories of you guys. I know when we met at Hall Chemical many years ago you were the perfect couple.
I'll never forget Joan's sense of humor and her rowdy laugh,... and the best lasagna on the planet.
Take care, my friend.

Dave & Margie Lupyan

Cat Richards

May 8, 2021

Joan Baker was a devoted friend, a spectacular beauty, funny and observant but always kind. Meeting her was like finding a sister.

Darlene Wegrynowski

May 3, 2021

Joan, you were always special in our life. I loved your sense of humor, your “sayings” and how kind you were. Your friendship is and has been missed tremendously. You gave our son his first motorcycle ride, not sure if I should thank you for that or not, but he always remembered that. You have left an emptiness in all our hearts, I hope you knew how much you were loved by all your YaYa’s.