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PONTIAC — Esther W. Baker, 80, of Pontiac died at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 29, 2005) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Church, Pontiac, with Monsignor Thomas Mack officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dwight. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Harris Martin Burke Funeral Home, Pontiac, with the rosary being recited at 4:45 p.m. The family suggests memorials be made to American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.

Esther was born Feb. 13, 1925, at Roswell, Ohio, a daughter of Angelo and Santina Mozoch Peron. She married Lawrence S. Baker on Oct. 4, 1943, at Palmyra, Mo. He preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 2002.

Survivors include two sons, Lawrence E. Baker, Pontiac, and Douglas E. (Kim) Baker, Bloomington; two daughters, Marie (Chuck) Margherio, Pontiac, and Arla Marie (John) Manier, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; six grandchildren, Celeste Margherio, Matt Baker, Laura Kovac, Jim Metzke, Nicholas Baker and Nicole Baker; and four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Delores Leone, New Philadelphia, Ohio. Esther was preceded in death by one son, Vincent Edward Baker; one daughter, Vicki Lynn Metzke; and one sister, Mary Furniss.

Esther was educated at Dwight High School and was employed at the Nationwide Glove Factory and Pontiac and later was a greeter at Pontiac Wal-Mart. She enjoyed working outdoors, gardening, painting and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a great sense of humor.

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