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Heights Funeral Home

1317 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Doris E Baker

September 27, 1933August 2, 2019
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Doris Zischang Baker, 85, passed away Friday, August 2, 2019, surrounded by loved ones. Doris was born in Houston on September 27, 1933 to Carl and Selma Zischang. She grew up in the Heights. At the age of 16, Doris graduated from Reagan High School. Doris was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Doris is preceded in death by her husband Marion Baker and her brother Carl Zischang, Jr. Doris met her husband Marion Baker when they both worked at Kuhn Paint Company. Marion, Doris and all of their children delivered the Houston Chronicle for 12 years. Then Doris went to work for Gulf Oil (now Chevron) for 17 years and retired in 1996. Doris is survived by her children; Donald Baker, Kathy Hoffman, Connie Smith, Sandy Baker, Randy Baker, Melvin Baker, George Baker, Michelle Underwood, Mike Baker and Dell Valderas, 26 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Doris and Marion lived in one house for 54 years. Marion kept adding rooms to accommodate the growing family. Marion passed away in 1999, 10 days after their 45th anniversary. In 2007 Doris moved back into the home she grew up in the Heights. The family will receive friends Monday, August 5, 2019, 5pm – 8pm at the Heights Funeral Home. Funeral Service is scheduled for Tuesday, 10am at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 306 E. 15th St., Houston, Texas 77008. Interment will follow at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.

  • FAMILY

  • Kathy Hoffman, Daughter
  • Connie Smith, Daughter
  • Michelle Underwood, Daughter
  • Dell Valderas, Daughter
  • Donald Baker, Son
  • Sandy Baker, Son
  • Randy Baker, Son
  • Melvin Baker, Son
  • George Baker, Son
  • Mike Baker, Son
  • Marion Baker, Husband (deceased)
  • Carl Zischang Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • 26 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 6, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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Lois Hoerner-Moran

August 4, 2019


Dear Doris: You are one of my dearest friends and I'll never forget the times we had together. One of my favorites is going to Sam Houston Park for the Inauguration of Queen Elizabeth in 1952. The program which included music and movie live from England, we got home around Midnight. Our mothers were happy to see us. After all we were only 19.
Love, Lois

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Biography

THIS IS MY LIFE
BY DORIS ZISCHANG BAKER

My name is Doris Elaine Zischang, born September 27, 1933 at Memorial Baptist Hospital, Downtown Houston, TX to parents Carl John and Selma Henrietta (Freitag) Zischang (buried in Woodlawn Cemetery on I-10 & Antoine). Home was 511 Oxford Street. Had one brother 11 years older, Carl John Zischang, Jr. Grandparents were John and Wilhemina Zischang (buried in Washington Cemetery on Washington Ave.), William and Emile Freitag (buried in Hollywood Cemetery, I-45 & North Main). All Grandparents were from Germany.
My parents were married on August 31, 1921 and had house built at 511 Oxford, next door to the house at 515 Oxford where my dad was born and grew up. They were charter members of Immanuel Lutheran Church when it originally started.
I went to Immanuel School till 8th grade, Hogg Jr. High and Reagan Sr. High. Graduated in 1950 at age 16. Got my driver’s license at age 16, but of course in those days did not have a car. As a High School Senior, I worked one half day at Butane Gas Sales. I graduated from Reagan in 1950 at age 16 and went to work at Citizens State Bank downtown. In 1952 went to work at Kuhn Paint Company (on Center Street) as a secretary, using shorthand. Not even electric typewriters in those days.
At Kuhn Paint Company (named for owner Harry Kuhn) met Marion Blake Baker. He didn’t own a car either, so every day we would walk 1.3 miles home from work, and then he would walk another 2.4 miles to his home at 707 Cordell (near North Main). Marion’s parents were Zenus N. Baker and Anna May Sullivan (Grandparents were Moses Blake Baker and Nettie Baker (French); Sullivan (Irish).
We married at Immanuel on May 15, 1954 and rented a triplex ($50 per month) a three room plus bath for one and one-half years at 1504 Columbia. Moved into our own home at 1435 West 23rd in December 1955, which we bought for $4,750 (house note $45 a month). It was one bedroom and one bath. After the children started coming Marion and I had our bed in the dining room. Then Marion started adding – and adding rooms and more rooms. He did the work himself, with some direction from Uncle Peg. By the end there were 4 ½ bedrooms and two baths. And the 10 kids didn’t mind sharing rooms – and many times had friends over. There was also a huge garage and carport.
Son Donald started a paper route for the Houston Chronicle in the neighborhood in 1966. In those days it was an evening paper weekdays and morning paper Saturday and Sunday. Kathy and Connie later followed with their own routes. Some delivering from bicycles and some from wagons. Eventually, all ten children had paper routes. Then in 1972 Marion became a Chronicle distributor with about 900 papers in his district in the Heights from 8th Street to past Washington Ave. and from Heights Blvd. to Houston Avenue. We had about 4 boys plus 4 of our own boys delivering from bikes, and Marion and I delivering the further away routes from our trucks. He would go downtown every day to pick up the bundles from the Chronicle Building and bring to our substation , where the boys would wrap their papers for their routes.
As the children got older, we gave up the newspaper business in 1978. I went to work at Gulf Oil (now Chevron) in 1979. It was downstream – dealing with service stations (repairs, sales reps., etc). They trained me in many different areas and I was employed there for 17 years. In 1996 they offered a retirement package that was too good to pass up.
Marion went to work for his friend Larry Rogers, where he worked around chemicals. This possibly led to his getting lung cancer, or else the cigarettes caused it. He had chemo and radiation in 1993. Then he returned to work driving a van for Beeline Delivery. In 1996 his van was hit by a Red Porsche going at a high speed. The driver and passenger of the Porsche were killed in the accident. Marion’s injuries were so severe that he was unable to return to work. Then in 1998 his cancer returned. Marion died May 25, 1999 (10 days after our 45th anniversary). He is buried at Earthman Resthaven on I-45 North.
I have 10 wonderful children who are all hard workers. I am proud of each one of them. After the kids were all grown and gone, the time and price was right to sell the old homestead. So in 2007 I moved back into the house I grew up in, at 511 Oxford. They bulldozed the house at 1435 down on Marion’s birthday. The property at 1435 W. 23rd was 72 ½ by 150 feet, same as property next door at 1433 W. 23rd. The property line at 1435 was moved to give 1433 room to build 8 three-story homes at 1433 W. 23rd. Five three-story homes are now completed at 1435 – so close that you cannot walk between them.