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Millie (Mildred) Baker was born May 7, 1920, in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, the daughter of Henry and Sophia (Pichelmann) Reetz. She passed away Monday, June 4, 2018, age 98, at the Frazee Care Center.
She was baptized in the Lutheran faith and attended school in the Turtle Lake area. Millie and her sister moved to Minneapolis in their teenage years and worked for families as maids.
On July 31, 1944 Millie was united in marriage to Orin Baker in Turtle Lake. To this union three children were born.
Millie and Orin lived in Turtle Lake before moving to St. Paul in 1950, where they managed a television sales and service shop. They owned and operated the 59 Highway Motel in Detroit Lakes for several years before opening an adult foster care home for men. Millie was proud to operate the foster home for 37 years even after Orin passed away in 1974.
She is survived by her children: Becky Baker of Frazee; Jeffery (Holly) Baker of Pelican Rapids; 7 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Millie was preceded in death by her husband: Orin Baker, daughter: Linda Bunnis, parents: Henry and Sophia, brothers: Harold Reetz, Marvin Reetz; sister: Edna Cornwall; and a brother in infancy.