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Shirlee Baer

July 2, 1923 — October 26, 2022

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Morton

Shirlee Baer

MORTON – Shirlee J. Baer, 99, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Morton, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at Mercy Medical Center-Hallmar.

She was born on July 2, 1923, in Roanoke, Ill., to John and Minnie (Gudeman) Hodel. She married Elmer Baer on March 21, 1948, in Peoria, Ill. He preceded her in death on December 6, 2006. She was also preceded in death by one son, Keith; two brothers and three sisters.

Surviving are her daughter, Laurie (R.D.) Smith of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Shirley Baer of Springfield, Ill.; three grandchildren, Jay (Nicole) Smith of Westerville, Ohio, David (Susanna) Smith of Pflugerville, Texas, and Kelly (Matt) Martin of Marion, Iowa; and five great grandchildren.

Shirlee graduated from Dickinson Business College. She was employed as a secretary for Retail Credit Company in Peoria from 1942 to 1946 and by Merle Norman Studios from 1946 to 1948. Shirlee was a former Brownie and 4-H leader. During their retirement years, Shirlee and her husband enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe and wintering in Florida.  

She enjoyed playing golf for many years, both in Illinois and Sarasota, Florida. Shirlee also was an enthusiastic bridge player.

Shirlee was a member of Morton Apostolic Christian Church.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m.  Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, with church ministers officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday, prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Morton Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Restmor or American Cancer Society.

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.

To leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.

 

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Visitation

Saturday, November 12, 2022

9:00 - 9:45am (Central time)

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center

140 S. Detroit Ave., Morton, IL 61550

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Funeral Service

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Starts at 10:00am (Central time)

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center

140 S. Detroit Ave., Morton, IL 61550

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