OBITUARY

Margaret "Pat" Baker

March 3, 1927October 31, 2020
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Margaret Patricia Baker, aged 93, passed away peacefully on Saturday October 31, 2020 at her daughter Mary’s Southington home surrounded by her loving family. She was the loving, devoted wife of the late Patrick A. Baker, whom she was married to for 63 years.

Born on March 3, 1927 in Dublin, Ireland, Pat was the daughter of the late Michael and Rita (Lenehan) Duignan. As her first job, she worked for Aerlingus Airlines in its first crew of employees as a stewardess and greeter. It was here in Dublin where she met the love of her life, “Paddy,” whom she married on July 28, 1952. In 1954 they immigrated to United States, arriving in NY by boat with their 1-year old daughter Posey. They both were proud of their Irish heritage but also to be US citizens. Pat and Paddy then settled in Southington and it is here where they raised their 7 children. They owned and operated the renowned religious and church goods store Patrick Baker & Sons on West St. in Southington.

Pat was a devout Catholic and a longtime parishioner of St. Thomas Church in Southington. She was the first president of the St. Thomas Ladies’ Guild in 1966, a member of the Council of Catholic Women, and an associate sister of St. Lucy Flippino. She was a philanthropist and was very active in the community. She was the president of the F.I.S.H Organization (Friends in Service to Humanity of Northwestern CT) and involved with the Bread for Life nonprofit. When she wasn’t devoting herself to helping others, she absolutely loved going to the casino, golfing, and traveling to Aruba & Arizona.

For the last several years Pat was a resident at The Orchards in Southington and was loved and adored by both the staff and residents there. She had a warm and compassionate heart and was even voted “Kindest Person” at the facility. Pat’s family was of the utmost importance to her, and she cherished the moments she could spend with them making lifetime memories.

Pat leaves behind her large and very loving family to carry on her legacy of kindness, compassion, and faith. She is survived by her 7 devoted children: Posey Fradette and husband Brian of Bedford, NH, Michael Baker and wife Mary of Southington, Maureen Kelly and husband Tom of Burlington, Brian Baker and wife Lisa of Southington, Mary Pat Threlkeld and husband David of Southington, Patrick J. Baker of Avon, and Sean Baker and wife Michelle of Fairfield. Pat, or “Grammy,” was loved and adored by her 23 grandchildren: Bridget, Katie, Matthew, Michael, Evan, Danny, Mitchell, Patrick, Neil, Christopher, Shane, Garrett, Bryanna, Elizabeth, Kirsten, Erik, Luke, Mark, Ryan, Cullen, Brendan, Liam, and Madeline. She was blessed with 16 great-grandchildren: Ella, Madeleine, Bryan, Nora, Trevor, Seamus, Adelyn, Charlotte, Marley, Ty, James, Lucian, Elise, Soren, Brooks, and Chay. She also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews in the States and Ireland. In addition to her husband Paddy and her parents, Pat is predeceased by her sisters Angela Byrne and Sally Hynes.

We are forever grateful for her quick wit and highly contagious laughter. Passing on the trait of maintaining positivity in tough times, seeing the good in all, and the example she set for us through her own deep faith is a gift that will last a lifetime. We learned how to love deeply and how to laugh a lot by having her in our lives. We will miss her but know she will be in heaven and gives us a love in a different way.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 from 4-7pm at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N Main St., Southington. Due to the current pandemic, seating is limited and masks and social distancing precautions are required.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 at 10am at St. Dominic Church, 1050 Flanders Rd., Southington. ***Please be advised that because of the pandemic, Mass seating is very limited. A livestream will be available to view online Wednesday morning.***

Burial will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery on 209 Belleview Ave., Southington. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Bread for Life, PO Box 925, Southington, CT 06489. For online condolences and directions please visit www.dellavecchiasouthington.com

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Barb Ruocco

November 14, 2020

Dear Posey, Moe, Mike, Brian, Mary Pat, Patrick and Sean,
Some of you may not remember me (from Block Island), but I remember all of you (except Sean :)--I was very sad to read about your mom , but as I read the beautiful obituary, I marveled at what an amazing woman she was and the love that your family exudes. I hope her death was peaceful and that there wasn't suffering...I know that your mom and dad's reunion in heaven must have been amazing.
My mom passed away last night at the age of 98 (99 in Feb.) It doesn't really matter that they've had a long life and we've been lucky (even greedy, I think)-we will still miss them. Moms are special. Love to you all! warmly, Barb (Sack) Ruocco

Donald & Maureen Gray

November 10, 2020

So glad Pat touched our lives in Connecticut and again in Arizona. May she rest in peace and enjoy her rightful place in heaven. Our sympathy to the Baker family.

Don & Maureen Gray
Fredericksburg, Virginia

KATHY PALMIERI

November 8, 2020

My deepest sympathies to your family. Your mom was such a wonderful woman. I have many wonderful memories of her from St Thomas Church as well as Johnny's Market. She was beyond special. May she rest in peace and may all your wonderful memories sustain you during this very difficult time. Kathy and Lew Palmieri

John and Marie Boutote

November 4, 2020

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Baker family. Mrs. Baker always extended her beautiful smile and genuine helpfulness to us in the most gentle of ways! We will hold her memory in our hearts. God bless each of you today and always.
Love,
John and Marie Boutote

Dan and Roberta Vendetti

November 4, 2020

Mrs. Baker was a warm, loving and gracious lady. She inspired all who came in contact with her, whether at her store, or at church, or at The Orchards. Mrs. Baker’s family was blessed to have her for so many wonderful years. We extend our deepest sympathy to the entire Baker family. May peace and strength be your guide through the upcoming days.
God bless you all,
Dan and Roberta Vendetti

Heidi coughlin

November 4, 2020

Patricia will be sorely missed! I loved praying with her ,singing to her and driving her to get her hair done.. What a special soul! My love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.

tim brennan

November 4, 2020

Growing up around the Baker household, we were blessed to experience what a loving, caring, nurturing soul Mrs. Baker truly was. Juggling raising seven wonderful kids effortlessly, and yet still counseling hundreds of others, the way she did, was indeed a God given talent. Whether it was her lovely, famous "brogue", or her honest, heartfelt, "glass half full" approach, her perspective always had a calming, reassuring effect on all people, whose lives she touched. Given her immense faith, her devotion, and her deeds, she was the consummate "role model". We send condolences to the entire Baker Clan, as well as our "Thanks". Thanks for sharing your wonderful Mom with us, she was a Local "Treasure". -The Brennan Family

Brian Flynn

November 4, 2020

Mrs. Baker was one of the kindest persons on earth. Always friendly and caring. She always told me that "the door is always open". Such a wonderful person to know. I have so many great memories of her and all the Bakers.

Devin Capristo

November 3, 2020

Thinking of you all and wishing you peace during this challenging time. Aunt Pat will be deeply missed. 🤍

Alexander Kelly

November 3, 2020

To the Baker Family,

My deepest condolences for the passing of Mrs. Baker. To know Mrs Baker was to know a true Angel. From her infectious laugh to the many great times shared together I am so blessed to have had the privilege of knowing her.

May Eternal Rest be with you, and may you continuously shine you love down upon us.




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