Obit: Bakker, Elva J. (1908 - 2009)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Bakker, Hop, Doornink, Tilton,
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) November
Bakker, Elva J. (31 July 1980 - 10 November
Elva J. Bakker, 101, life-long Baldwin (St. Croix
County) resident, died peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at the
Baldwin Care Center.
Elva was born July 31, 1908, in Baldwin Township,
the daughter of Willie and Hattie (hop) Doornink. She
attended Cloverleaf Elementary School prior to graduating from the
Baldwin Christian School where she frequently walked two and one
half miles in below-freezing weather to school. Elva recalled
horse racing by local boys before cars were prominent. If you
were fortunate enough to be in the sleigh during one of these
races, you took you life into your own hands. She remembered
keeping an eye on a certain young man named Arnold Bakker, who
enjoyed racing with Walt Doornink. As a young girl, she also
developed an interest with her mother in playing the organ.
She frequently played organ at church and shared that task with
Arnold Bakker. Romance grew as Arnold was brave enough to ask
her for a date. She married her best friend and companion
Aug. 24, 1933. This union would be further blessed with a daughter,
and Arnold farmed for many years near Pine Lake on the Bakker
family farm. Side by side, they raised their family in times of
trials and tribulations, but praised God for their blessings. She
loved tending to her home and family. She was a gifted
seamstress who could sew basically anything out of nothing.
She also took great pleasure in quilting, crocheting and making
doilies. Cooking, baking and gardening were tasks that gave
her great meaning and reward.
1973, Arnold and Elva retired and moved into the village.
Elva accepted Christ as her Savior and lived life as an example to
others. She is a Christian Reformed Church’s oldest and
longest continuous member. She knew the words to all the
psalms and old hymns. Her last word was fitting end to a
devout Christian’s life; when asked by Doris to complete the
phrase, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of ….," Elva
Elva will remain in the hearts of her daughter,
Doris Bakker of Neillsville; sister, Theresa Tilton; as well as
Nell Voskuil and many relatives and friends.
was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold, in
Funeral Service for Elva Bakker was held at 11
a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at the Christian Reformed Church in
Baldwin. Visitation was Thursday, Nov. 12, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at
the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin. Burial
was in the Baldwin Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.
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