Robert L. Baeder

November 26, 1919February 22, 2011

Robert Lester Baeder, M.D., 91, of Manchester, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at Community Medical Center, Toms River. Bob was born Nov. 26, 1919 in Gladstone to Reverend Frederick and Dina (Kraemer) Baeder. He was predeceased by brothers, David and wife Florence, and Frederick Jr.; and sisters, Dina and husband Robert, and Lillian. Bob graduated from Nutley High School and from Duke University, class of 1941 with honors. He was second in his Duke Medical School class of 1944 and interned at Orange Memorial Hospital in Orange. Bob served his country as a Battalion Surgeon during World War II and was commissioned captain in 1947. Following a four year general practice in Lenoir, N.C., Bob and wife, Millie moved to Cedar Grove, where he practiced family medicine for 41 years. He was also an attending physician at Mountainside Hospital with privileges at several other local hospitals. He was a life member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Essex County Medical Society, Medical Society of NJ (Golden Merit Award), Diplomate National Board of Medical Examiners, American Board of Family Practice, and Trustee, NJ Board of Family Physicians. He was a member of the Community Church of Cedar Grove since 1950, serving as deacon, trustee, Executive Board member, moderator and past president of the Couples Club. He also was a member of the Rotary Club of Cedar Grove from 1951-1991, where he was a past president and Paul Harris Fellow. Bob served his community in many capacities, including former chairman of the Advisory Health Board, Township Physician, School Physician and Team Physician for both Verona and Memorial High Schools. Bob was a 3rd degree Mason, Cedar Lodge 275, 32nd degree Mason Scottish Rite, Shrine Noble 1078 Salaam Temple, and a member of the Masonic Club of Leisure Knoll, Manchester. Following his retirement in 1991, Bob and Millie moved to Leisure Knolls, Manchester, where he enjoyed playing bridge and performing in the harmonica group, the Harmonics.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Mildred(Covington); and children, Robert and wife Janet of Fredericksburg, Va., Ann and husband Dave of Longmeadow, Ma., Richard of Cedar Grove, Virginia and husband Phil of Salem, N.H., and Keith and wife Nancy of Dublin, Ohio. Also grandchildren, Jennifer, Scott, Aaron, Alana, Arianne, Corey, Daniel, Michele and Nicole, as well as great-grandchildren, Alex, Nicholas, Lanie, Sophia and Marina; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 and 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, Feb. 26, with a service immediately following at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 3010 Ridgeway Road, Manchester. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Community Church Memorial Fund of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009 or to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements under the direction of Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, Manchester, NJ.


  • Visitation Friday, February 25, 2011
  • Visitation Saturday, February 26, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 26, 2011

Robert L. Baeder

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john lombardo

March 2, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

March 1, 2011

Dear Ann-Boy and Family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved dad/grandfather. He must have been a most remarkable man since he had remarkable children and grandchildren. You are all in my prayers.


February 28, 2011

Dear Ginnie,
What an amazing legacy your dad has left. You must be incredibly proud.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cheryl O'Hare

Janet & Charlie Jenkins

February 25, 2011

Dear Millie and Family,
We have many wonderful memories of Bob from our days in Cedar Grove at the Community Church of Cedar Grove. He was a wonderful Christian man who helped so many people in his lifetime. We thank him for all he did for our family. May God bless and be with you all at this time as Bob has entered into his heavenly home. Cherish your wonderful memories and times that you all spent together.
Charlie, Janet & Family


February 25, 2011

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. May the peace of God be with you (Phillippians 4:7)

February 25, 2011

Ann and Family, So sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was a gentle and compassionate doctor. I, too, remember him coming to our house to see us. Peace to all. Bernadette Bouthot Surran.

February 25, 2011

Ann, I am so sorry to hear about your dad passing. He must have been a remarkable man to have accomplished so much in his lifetime. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
With sympathy,
Diana Brassard


February 25, 2011

Ann and sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great man and will be remembered fondly by all that grew up in Cedar Grove.

Patti Tarnauskas

February 25, 2011

So sorry to hear the news. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Patti T

Bill Asdal

February 25, 2011

Dear Mrs. Baeder, Bob, Ann, Rich, Ginny and Keith,

Though now nearly a half century distant, our memories of your family at Highland Lakes remains an anchor to our past. Your dad was a compassionate doctor (I remember house calls when we were sick from school and hearing him trek up the staircase). I recall his fishing successes and pivotal role as a leader in any gathering of 2 or more. May he rest in peace.
Bill and Bob Asdal
Chester, NJ / Harding, NJ