Lillian Jane Baker


March 19, 1941 - November 6, 2016


Lillian Jane Baker was born on March 19, 1941. Lillian was born to Drew and Ann (Henn) Baker in the Bronx, NY.   She attended and graduated from high school in New York.  She was united in marriage to Gerhard “Jerry” Strzyzewski on July 27, 1963.  In 1972 Lillian moved to South Dakota.  She was employed by Midcontinent for twenty-eight years.

Lillian was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.  She loved all children and was like a second mother to many.  She knitted mittens for Headstart kids and scarves for Special Olympic children. She was an avid Mah Jongg player, and liked playing cards, bingo and working on puzzles. Also, she enjoyed bus trips with friends. If you met Lillian you loved her.

Grateful for sharing her life are Mike and Cindy Titze, Hayden, Laney and Tegan of Mitchell; Jack and Ronna Schaefer and their children:  Kim, Shannon, Suzanne and John and many more of her dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Celebration of Life
Moose Lodge
526 West 15th
Mitchell, South Dakota


None Scheduled

Posted by Nadine Howard on November 9, 2016
We extend our deepest sympathy. Lillian spent countless hours knitting mittens for our Head Start children for many years. Her love for children came through every stitch of the many colors of mittens. The smiles on the children's faces were priceless. She was recognized as one of our 'volunteers of the year' for several years. Your handiwork will always be cherished. Rest in peace. Nadine and all the Mitchell Head Start staff.
Posted by Jackie Hess on November 8, 2016
To Lillian's family and friends. Lillian had friends among the staff at the Library. We will miss her at the Library's Mystery Book Club and the humor and laughter she brought to the discussions. She would come into the Library and asking if we had any more CD's. She went through them so fast.
We will certainly miss her. Jackie Hess and the staff at the Mitchell Public Library.
Posted by Annette Frederick on November 7, 2016
Rest in Peace you dear thoughtful lady. You will be missed by your friend on the bus trips where you always brought smiles, and live on in the 100s of hats you made for those less fortunate children. Good Bless.
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