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LaVerne R. Baker, age 78, of Fairhope, AL (former longtime resident of Toledo, OH) passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2005, in Union Hall, VA. LaVerne will always be remembered for her strength, generosity, and love for her family. She is survived by a son, Robert Blessing, Green Springs, OH; daughters, Carol (Bob) TenBrook, Union Hall, VA, Kathleen Blessing (Michael Bendert), Fairhope, AL, and Patricia (Richard) Wilcox, Fairhope, AL; grandchildren, Kelly (Joe) Shoup, Tim (Jill) Kraft, and Lisa (David) Fast; great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Michael, Sage, Bailey, and Riley. Also surviving are brothers, Bob, Ralph, Leo and sisters, Edith, Norma, Doris, Alice, Mildred, and Judy. A memorial service will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church, 4225 Sylvania Ave., on Thursday, September 8th at 5:00 p.m. with Pastor Tom Schwartz officiating. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, tributes be made to St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Home, 401 N. Broadway, Green Springs, OH 44836.

- Toledo Blade