Elizabeth "Bunny" J. Baker

April 7, 1935March 11, 2019

Elizabeth J. (Patnode) Baker, “Bunny”, 83, a resident of Winchester, NH passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, March 11, 2019, following a period of declining health.

She was born April 7, 1935 in Keene, NH the daughter of Richard and Florence (Putnam) Patnode. Bunny attended local schools and was a 1953 graduate of Thayer High School. On July 3, 1953 she married Kendall “Bud” Baker, Jr.

Throughout her life Bunny was active in her community. When her sons were younger she was very involved in their membership in both Cub and Boy Scouts, serving as a “Den Mother” for many years. She was an active member of the United Church of Winchester, where she served on many boards and committees. In her later years Bunny received multiple certificates of appreciation for her dedication at Applewood in Winchester. She was also active in both the THS Alumni Association and the Historical Society.

Bunny began working for Keene Gas Corporation in 1970. Having a smile for everyone, customers would often stop by the Main Street office simply to say hello. She retired from Keene Gas in 1997.

Above all, Bunny loved her family and was a devoted Wife, Mother and Grandmother. Her home was always welcoming to friends, family, and neighbors. Bunny also had a gift for creating beautiful things through her knitting. She was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed watching them. Bunny also enjoyed being a part of various sports including; playing softball, horseback riding, and bowling. During the summer, she often spent time with members of “Camp Anita” at Hampton Beach.

She is survived by two sons, Brian K. Baker, Sr. and his wife Rainna of Winchester, NH and Ron Baker, also of Winchester; her daughter, Carri Trocha and her husband Siegfried of Hooksett, NH; two grandchildren, Jennifer Baker and Matthew Coleman; her granddaughter-in-law, Mandi Baker; her brother, Alfred “Peter” Patnode of Keene and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members. She is predeceased by her husband Kendall, her daughter, Lauri Coleman, her grandson, Brian K. Baker, Jr. and her two sisters, Barbara Cantin and Anita Engle.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019, at 11am at the United Church of Winchester, 4 South Main St. Winchester, NH. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Winchester, PO Box 33, Winchester, NH. 03470. or to the ELM Memorial Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Winchester, NH. 03470.


  • Memorial Service Friday, March 15, 2019

Elizabeth "Bunny" J. Baker

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Steve Zack

March 15, 2019

On behalf of the Zack Family, I'd like to offer our deepest sympathies on the passing of Bunny. My parents, Jackie and Joe, were life-long friends; Dad having grown up in Winchester. I can recall numerous visits as a kid and understanding at a young age, through their example, what true friendship was all about. In later years, Bunny always made it a point to call or send a card to "check in" and wish them well. And, in my Dad's final years at the nursing home, Bunny made several visits, bringing along a former classmate or friend when she could. I know that Bunny's friendship, compassion and sense of caring that she showed to my parents was deeply appreciated and an inspiration to all that knew her. May she rest in peace!

Ginger and Brian Mattson

March 14, 2019

Bunny was such a joy to work with. All those years at the gas company. She was a very dedicated employee at the gas company. She would go to any length to solve problems always with the customer and her co-workers in mind. Then at the end of the day she could sit and talk about all the funny things that happened that day including laughing at herself. A great friend. We were blessed to know her.

Kevin Williams

March 14, 2019

To Ron and the entire Baker family, I would like to extend my sincere condolences for your loss.

Donna Rounds

March 14, 2019

We send our deepest condolences to Ron, Carrie, Brian and their families. Aunt Bunny, Aunt Toots and my Mom Barbara were great friends, always keeping in touch with each other and sharing family news. Mom and Aunt Bunny shopped together, traveled together and spent a lot of time on the phone. I would love to believe that they have been reunited and are also joined by all the others we have loved and lost. Rest in peace Aunt Bunny.

Claudia Harvey

March 13, 2019

Sincere thoughts are with Bunny's family. Always enjoyed chatting with Bunny whenever I saw her, she always had time for a conversation. She will be missed.

Linda Porter

March 12, 2019

I was very sad yesterday to hear of Bunny’s passing and would like to thank whomever called Mom and Dad (Ray and Madelyn) in Patten, Maine to let them know. The caregiver who’s there this week let me know, but Mom, who has dementia, didn’t remember who had called. Bunny had stayed in touch with us, checking to see how Mom and Dad were doing and keeping us updated on her family. We send our condolences to all Bunny’s family and friends.

Diane Hite (Engle)

March 12, 2019

I remember Aunt Bunny coming to visit my mom, sister and me in Spokane, Washington. We would play yahtzee to all hours of the night. I loved to talk to Aunt Bunny to hear her New England accent. Sometimes I would have a hard time understanding what she was saying and we would all laugh. Aunt Bunny was a great aunt, I'll miss you Aunt Bunny!