Alice BAER

Irene Baer

Monday, July 22nd, 1935 - Thursday, December 24th, 2020
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BAER, Alice Irene (née Miller) - at the age of 85, having lived a full life, Irene passed away peacefully at Woodstock Hospital, on December 24, 2020.

She lived her final years, with several health challenges but with the same gratitude, strength, and courage that she showed throughout her life. A woman of faith and trust in her Lord, she lived a life containing hardships and struggles but also great joy and was greatly loved.

Irene was the beloved wife of the late Frank Baer 1989. Lovingly remembered by her children Roy of R.R. 1 Tavistock, Mary (Richard) Bauman of Elmira, William (Debora) of Stratford, and Maxwell (Carol) of R.R. 2 Tavistock, Victor predeceased 1973. Grandmother to 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Irene is also remembered by siblings Patricia (George predeceased) Bruce of Woodstock, Donald Miller d. (Joanann) of Brockville, and Eleanor Miller of Simcoe.

Irene loved her family, and farming her farm in Oxford County. Through the years she enjoyed many hobbies but her favourite was always caring for her cows. She was a sister of the Rebecca Lodge Assembly of Ontario, she was known for her kind nature and fun sense of humour. We will miss you our family matriarch.

A private family graveside service will take place at the Blandford-Blenhiem Mennonite Cemetery Township Rd 10, Bright, ON. On Monday December 28, 2020.
A special thank you to the caring staff at both the Woodstock Hospital and the Stratford General Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Woodstock Hospital Foundation or the Stratford General Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock. Condolences may be posted at
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    Monday, December 28th, 2020 |
    Monday, December 28th, 2020
    Blandford-Blenhiem Mennonite Cemetery
    866250 Township Rd 10
    Bright, Ontario N0J 1B0
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Matthew Bauman

Posted at 06:50pm
I will never forget entering into my grandma’s kitchen and seeing her smiling in her rocking chair and saying, “well, hello Matthew”. There was never a time that I can remember walking into her house and her not being in the most welcoming and bright spirit. She was an incredible person to me: a good listener, a kind soul, a loving grandmother. I’ll always cherish the memories I have from her farmhouse and all the people I got to know who would drop in to say hello to her when passing by. I could always see why she had so many visitors; everyone was welcome. I can’t say I have ever set foot in any house, big or small, in the city or the country, that had so many family and friends dropping in to “see how Irene is keeping.” It is a testament to her character and the way she made people feel who had the pleasure to spend time with her.
Grandma, You will be sorely missed.
With love from the Bauman family,
Matt, Kat, Abby, and Ezra

Henk and Gerda Tolsma

Posted at 01:46pm
To the Baer family,

Our deepest condolences on the passing of your mum,

Henk and Gerda Tolsma


Posted at 03:02pm
December 28, 2020 It is unfortunate that this funeral had to happen during the Covid 19 pandemic lock down because there is no doubt in my mind that instead of just a small group to give my mom a send off, I am sure there would have been many who would have liked to been here to celebrate her extraordinary legacy.
My mom was the best kind of person, she was an awesome mom and a good friend. She so loved her family. She always told me that her children are perfect and if they are not, she doesn’t need to know about it. Her grandchildren where shown the same unconditional love. She found it almost impossible to say no to any of there request. She was most interested in their lives and loved hearing about what everyone was doing. As sick as she was, she would still ask by name how each of her grandchildren and great grandchildren where doing.
As for friendships it seemed if you spent any amount of time with her you would quickly count her as one of your friends. Right from if you visited her farm kitchen you would be welcomed and made to feel at home with the offer of a cup of instant coffee or a bite to eat. It didn’t matter if you where family, friend, neighbour, vet at the farm to preg check the cows, or a nurse coming to maintain her pic line you where made to feel welcome.
Some of her nieces shared with me that aunt Irene was their favourite aunt and that they loved staying at the farm for summer holidays.
My mom taught me that actions speak louder then words and I remember that she did do many acts of kindness for a variety of family and friends that would rarely, if ever be mentioned in public.
As time went on and our mom’s health declined, she so wanted to return home from the hospital and the nurses told me that she worked hard to regain her strength. Her spirit was strong but her body was just too weak and she was just not able to return to her beloved farm. Mom never seemed to get frustrated or complain she was always so happy for a visit. Being confined to her hospital bed in the last couple of weeks was not easy but she seemed to accept it by saying that Irene is still trying but Alice has really had enough. The nurses on the floor said that they would not send her to palliative as she knew them and they knew here. As it turned out the nurses where the ones who where with her as she died during the night. I am sure at shortly after 2 a.m. on December 24th there would have been quite a celebration in paradise as she met her Lord and her loved ones who have gone on before her.
In Ecclesiastes 3 the bible tells me that everything on earth has its own time and its own season. There is a time for birth and a time for death. A time for planting and a time for reaping. A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to destroy and a time to build, a time for crying and a time for laughing, a time for weeping and a time for dancing.
In my time of mourning, I remembered one recent hospital visit where I ask my mom before I left if I can pray for her and for what should I pray – she answered pray for my family that they would be happy and that they could carry on.
And so - in your time of mourning - You can shed tears that she is gone or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that in your mind she’ll come back or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left.
Your heart can feel empty because you can’t see her or you can allow your heart to feel full because of the love you have shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live in the past or you can be happy for tomorrow because of your past.
You can remember her and only that she’s gone or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
In your mourning you can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what my mom would want: trust in God, put a smile on your face, be happy, carry on and remember everything on earth has its own time and its own season.


Denise Swartzentruber Salsman

Posted at 04:40pm
Roy, Mary, Bill, Max and families : My deepest condolences on the passing of your mum. I will always consider her the matriarch of Cassel Side Rd.
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Bernice Zehr Posted at 07:11pm

Deepest sympathy thoughts and prayers 🙏 for the family Mary Roy Max Bill and families.

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