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Mercedes Baethke

May 9, 1930 July 23, 2017
Mercedes Baethke
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Mercedes Ann Baethke was born on May 9, 1930 on the farm in Winneshiek County, to Myrtle (O’Brien) and HJ “Dick” Walter.Upon graduation from high school, she entered Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, (now University of Northern Iowa), and taught elementary school at Grafton Schools in Grafton, Iowa; Lime Springs, Iowa; and for the Howard Winneshiek School District until her retirement. She was a tough, no-nonsense teacher! 

She married Harlan John Baethke on December 26, 1951, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cresco, Iowa.   

Mercedes loved to read and was an avid quilter, especially baby quilts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and for the Native American youth on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. She thoroughly enjoyed watching Iowa football and basketball.  

She was an active member at Immanuel, served on committees, belonged to the Rebecca Circle, and enjoyed gathering and socializing with the Do-Day quilter’s group.  

She will be missed dearly by her beloved cat, Chloe, who was so faithful and followed her everywhere. 

Mercedes is survived by two sons, Mark (Lisa) Baethke of Zumbrota, Minnesota; Brent (Amanda) Baethke of Minneapolis, her sister, Helynn Brand of Cresco, 3 grandchildren, Hiliary (Jason) Burns of Ames, Whitney (Mike) Lougheed of Watkins, Minnesota and Kyra (Joel) Gifford of Redmond, Washington, along with 5 great-grandchildren:  Madeline, Avery, Garrison, Leona and Henry.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Harlan, who died in December 1999.

Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cresco, Iowa.

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Visitation

Saturday

19

Aug

1:00 PM 8/19/2017 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 8/19/2017 2:00:00 PM
Lindstrom Funeral Homes - Cresco

119 2nd Avenue Southwest
Cresco, IA 52136

Lindstrom Funeral Homes - Cresco
119 2nd Avenue Southwest Cresco 52136 IA
United States

Service

Saturday

19

Aug

2:00 PM 8/19/2017 2:00:00 PM
Lindstrom Funeral Homes - Cresco

119 2nd Avenue Southwest
Cresco, IA 52136

Lindstrom Funeral Homes - Cresco
119 2nd Avenue Southwest Cresco 52136 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Oak Lawn Final Resting Place

95th Street
Cresco, IA 52136

95th Street Cresco 52136 IA
United States
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