Janice “Jan” Baker

BANGOR – Janice “Jan” Baker, 83, passed away on Jan. 10, 2022. Born Aug. 4, 1938, Janice Mae Hinds was born to Robert E. and Erma L. (Cottle) Hinds of Winthrop, Maine. Janice attended Winthrop schools and graduated from Winthrop High School in 1956. Janice then went on to marry the love of her life, Herbert C. Baker, on Aug. 25, 1956, at the East Winthrop Baptist Church.Janice managed the coffee shop at the Bangor Air National Guard for 18 years and enjoyed simple pleasures: her pets, bird watching, gardening, canning, baking, and cooking. Jan was a very talented seamstress and spent countless hours knitting and crocheting. Her projects were a labor of love; she enjoyed sharing her creations with loved ones. Jan was very loyal to family and friends. Her love, kindness, and caring nature were generously shared with her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom will cherish memories of their Nana.Jan and Herb resided in Bangor, East Winthrop, Winthrop, and enjoyed many winters in Zephyrhills, Florida. The family spent many Maine summers in Chamberlain, Pemaquid and Ocean Park where Jan enjoyed two of her favorite things: the sun and the beach. Preceded in death by her husband Herbert C. Baker, brothers, Gerry and Justin Hinds, sister Alice Hinds, and parents, Robert and Erma Hinds.Jan is survived by her son, William K. Baker and wife, Sue of Bangor, Maine; daughter, Linda M. Staffeldt and husband, Tim, of Princeton, Wisconsin; daughter, Karen L. Brawner and husband, Richard, of Oswego, Illinois; grandchildren, William K. Baker II and wife, Allison, of Bangor, Maine; Heidi S. Baker of Bangor, Maine; Timothy J. Staffeldt of Yorkville, Ill.; Sean W. Staffeldt and wife, Amy, of Oswego, Ill.; Hannah L. Greenwood and husband, Steven, of Denton, Texas; Maggie M. Brawner of Chicago; Benjamin N. Brawner of Chicago; great-grandchildren, Payton and Kaylin Staffeldt, Leah and Caleb Staffeldt, Kamden and Cohen Baker, and Autumn Greenwood along with several nieces and nephews.A private graveside service will be held in the summer, date and time to be determined. Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, where condolences to the family may be shared on the obituary page of the website at http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.comA gracious “thank you” to Westgate Manor for taking such good care of our Mom/Nana these last few years.

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