Baker, Helen


Helen Baker, age 93, of Winona, passed away on June 13, 2020, at Lake Winona Manor, where she had been a resident since August 2019.

Helen was born on February 19, 1927, in Peterson, Minn., to Alfred and Gladys Nation, and was the eldest of eight children.

On February 1, 1947, Helen married Arthur Baker, and together they raised seven children. They farmed in the Lewiston area for many years and then settled in Winona. While in Winona, Helen worked at Brach’s Candy factory for 15 years. Helen was loved for her wonderful cooking and baking.

Helen is survived by six of her children, Joanne Zielinski, Florida, Randolph Baker, Winona, Stewart Baker, Clintonville, Wis., Barbie Barror, Florida, and Keith and Kevin Baker, both of Winona; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, Jerry Nation, Belvidere, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, in 2016; and her dear daughter, Arlene, in 2018.

Per Helen’s wishes, private cremation was held, and there will not be a funeral due to the pandemic.

The immediate family and friends were able to say their goodbyes to mom at Lake Winona Manor through an outside window facing the courtyard at manor. We would like to extend our gratitude to the staff at Lake Winona Manor for their loving care of our mother.

Online condolences or memories may be left for Helen’s family at

Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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