(11/16/12) Edward J. Baecker, 100, of Independence, died Thursday, November 15, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Chippewa Falls.
Edward was born October 7, 1912 in Glencoe Township, Buffalo County, to Phillip and Elizabeth (Boland) Baecker. He worked with the Trempealeau County Civil Conservation Corps. Edward married Romelle Lisowski on January 11, 1944 at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Independence. She died August 1, 2008. Ed and Romelle purchased the home farm from her parents and farmed there for 24 years. After moving to Independence, Ed sold DeKalb seed corn.
Edward served as Town Chairman for the Town of Montana, Buffalo County, and clerk for the Montana Ridge School Board. He also served on the Buffalo County Board of Supervisors. He drove bus for Mississippi River Human Services Center for 11 years. Ed was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, served on the church council and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Edward and Ken Gallagher started the first parish festival.
Edward is survived by his niece, Debra (Ken) Klimek of Chippewa Falls, whom Edward and Romelle raised and loved as their own daughter; a sister, Eileen Mueller of Wabasha; a brother, Gerald (Betty) Baecker of Alma; two grandchildren, Jamie (Shana) Klimek and Nicole (Chad) Dorwin both of Chippewa Falls; four great-grandchildren, Austin, Andrew and Abigail Klimek and Bradley Dorwin. Ed is further survived by several sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Edward was preceded in death by his wife; six brothers, Phillip, Andrew, Walter, Jim, LaVerne and Jerome Baecker; two sisters, Richardine Feuling and Elizabeth Theisen; two great-grandsons, Jacob Gabriel and Carter Michael Dorwin.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 19, 2012 at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Independence, with Very Rev. Woodrow H. Pace officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. followed by a rosary, at Edison Funeral Home, Independence, and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.
Online condolences may be offered at www.edisonfuneralhome.com