OBITUARY: Elizabeth Jane Baker

Elizabeth Jane Baker, 54, of Newton passed away April 6, 2020, at the Herington Municipal Hospital in Herrington. Jane was born March 30, 1966, to Vernon and Susan Jane (Hurst) Schmidt in Newton.

Jane graduated from Hesston High School and went on to attend dental assistant training. She worked as a dental assistant for a few years until she married Paul Anthony Baker on June 23, 1990, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Newton. She and Paul had two sons, Brian and Matthew. Jane worked as an office manager at a few different law and medical offices over the years, and at the time of her passing, she was the clinic manager for Hillsboro Healthcare Clinic in Hillsboro. She enjoyed traveling, camping, motorsports and all sports in general.

Jane is survived by her husband, Paul; sons, Brian of Austin, Texas, and Matthew of Newton; parents, Vernon of Newton and Susan of North Newton; brother, Tim Schmidt of Junction City; and sister, Amy Reprager of Newton.

A Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 26, with the Rev. Nicholas Voelker officiating. Private family burial will follow. Memorials may be left to St. Mary Catholic School and may be sent in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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