Mildred (Vincella) Baker, IHM


Sister Mildred Baker, IHM, 90, died Tuesday, March 20, in the IHM Senior Living Community, Monroe.

Sister Mildred was born in Akron, Ohio, on Dec. 22, 1927, to Carl and Helen (McCann) Baker. The family of three daughters and three sons attended St. Mary Church, grade school and high school. Mildred graduated in 1945. The following year, she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, and received the religious name, Vincella.

Sister Mildred earned a bachelor’s degree at Marygrove College and a master’s degree at Wayne State University, Detroit. She spent her early teaching days in ministry at the elementary level at St. John, Jackson, Mich.; St. Peter and Paul, Ionia, Mich.; St. Matthew, Flint, Mich.; St. Martin and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Detroit; and St. Mark, in Cleveland. Beginning in 1967, she served at St. Mark as both faculty and as principal.

In 1979, Sister Mildred moved from Cleveland to become the assistant, and later, administrator at the IHM Motherhouse and St. Mary Infirmary on the IHM campus in Monroe. She spent 10 years leading and ministering to the needs of community members.

Returning to the Cleveland area, Sister Mildred continued to minister in the health care field for the Diocese of Cleveland and at the Catholic Center, Sisters of Charity and Regina Health Center in nearby Richfield. Retiring from Regina Health Center in 2001, she continued to live in North Ridgeville and North Olmsted, Ohio, and volunteered in area health care facilities. Sister Mildred retired to the Motherhouse in 2013.

Sister Mildred is survived by nieces and nephews and her sisters in community. She was preceded in death by brothers, Eugene, Howard and Vincent; and sisters, Frederica (Sister Ellen/Mary Carl), IHM, and Marilyn Bott.

Read her Remembering.