Betty Lou Kohl Baker

December 25, 1925 - March 22, 2019
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Betty Lou Kohl Baker, age 93, of New Philadelphia, formerly of Gnadenhutten, died Friday, March 22, 2019.

Betty Lou was born December 25, 1925 in Dennison to the late Thomas C. and Sarah (Steen) Kennedy. She graduated from Dennison High School, attended Ohio University for two years and graduated from Muskingum Coll…

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Betty Lou Kohl Baker, age 93, of New Philadelphia, formerly of Gnadenhutten, died Friday, March 22, 2019.

Betty Lou was born December 25, 1925 in Dennison to the late Thomas C. and Sarah (Steen) Kennedy. She graduated from Dennison High School, attended Ohio University for two years and graduated from Muskingum College with a degree in education. She taught 22 years in the Indian Valley Schools, most of them in kindergarten.

She married the late Kenneth E. Kohl in 1946. Kenneth passed away in 1983 and she was married to Robert D. Baker in 1989.

Betty Lou was a member, Sunday school teacher, Diener and past Elder of Gnadenhutten Moravian Church and also attended St. John’s United Church of Christ in Dover. She was a member of the Tourist Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Ohio and Tuscarawas County Chapters Retired Teachers Association, Tuscarawas County YMCA, Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Union Hospital Auxiliary and Chestnut Society. She volunteered her time to mobile Meals.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, parents, and sister, Dorothy Fulton.

Surviving are her husband, Robert D. Baker, and sons, Kenneth K. (Mary) Kohl of Williamsville, New York and Peter E. (Janine) Kohl of London, England. Her brother, Thomas C. (Deborah) Kennedy resides at Rocky River, Ohio.

Grandchildren are Dylan Kohl, Nora Kohl, Hugh Kohl and Kenneth A. Kohl.

Also surviving are step-daughter Joy Baker of New Philadelphia and stepson Mark (Sarah) Baker of Union, Kentucky.

Step-grandchildren are Missy (Dan) McPeek, Matthew (Elaine) Baker, and Andrew Baker. Great-grandchildren are Skylar and Makena McPeek, Max, Owen and Gus Baker and Leo Kohl.

According to Betty Lou’s wishes, cremation has taken place through the care of Geib’s Tuscarawas Valley Crematory. Private burial will be in Gnadenhutten Clay Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the John Heckewelder Memorial Moravian Church, PO Box 126 Gnadenhutten, OH 44629.


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According to Betty Lou’s wishes, a private burial will be held in Gnadenhutten Clay Union Cemetery.

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John Heckewelder Memorial Moravian Church

PO Box 126
Gnadenhutten, OH 44629

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Born: December 25, 1925
Died: March 22, 2019

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Leslie Gregg Kemberling posted on 3/27/19

Betty Lou was my 3rd grade teacher. She was kind and made learning fun. In middle school I had a knee surgery. I felt so much better after Mrs. Kohl confided to me that she also had dislocating kneecaps and wished she had had the surgery. She was the only person I knew who understood what that was like.


Judith Hamilton Straight posted on 3/26/19

Prayers for all


Judith Straight posted on 3/26/19

So sorry to hear about you step mom. Prayers for your family. Joy , mark and Robert hope you family for to help. Sure miss you all


Tammy Schlabach Struchen posted on 3/26/19

My thoughts and prayers for you Pete and your family


Karen Pace posted on 3/26/19

Wishing the family strength and peace. Betty was a most friendly neighbor; always a smile on her face and a waving arm as she and Bob passed by. I will miss seeing her traveling the road.


Lahm family posted on 3/26/19

We enjoyed many years getting to know Betty & Bob as we took care of their vehicle needs at our dealership in Sugarcreek. Our condolences to Bob & the family at this difficult time.


Bob & Bonnie Gribble posted on 3/25/19

Aunt Betty Lou has been that special aunt everyone dreams of. That sweet smile, quiet words of love and appreciation, and lots of hugs and kisses were always her normal greeting. She was a constant source of inspiration and encouragement through the good times and the tough ones, Our family times were so special with every Sunday at Grandma & Grandpa Kohl's farm. The comfort is knowing she is no longer in pain. Those times of frustration in not being able to get around are over. Now she is in Heaven with the rest of her loved ones.


Linnette Mizer Goard posted on 3/25/19

One of my favorite teachers. I had her for third grade. Many fun memories of her class. Pete was also in my class. My sympathy and prayers to the family.


Sue Klaserner Weber posted on 3/25/19

I am so sorry to hear this...My condolence goes out to the family....Betty was always a favorite of my sister Linda and would keep me posted on the family...prayers to the family and God bless.


Elise Barthalow posted on 3/25/19

Betty Lou was a warm and caring lady.It was a privilege to have known her and her family. Prayers of peace and comfort to all who loved her.


ArLene Gardner Jacobs posted on 3/25/19

A wonderful person and teacher. I had her for third grade. Her a mother Luella Gardner would exchange cards for St Patrick's day.She what a beautiful person she will be mussed


Judy Jones posted on 3/25/19

My deepest sympathy to the Kohl and Baker families. Betty Lou was a lovely person. She will be missed by all who knew her. Judy Kohl Jones


Shirley Thornton posted on 3/25/19

Thoughts & prayers for the family. Betty was a very kind, sweet, loving lady. My children loved her as a teacher. I have many fond memories of her through Sunday school & church. Always pleasant with a beautiful smile. God bless. Rest In Peace.


Tammy Preston Pileggi posted on 3/25/19

This woman always had a smile for everyone in class. She was a great influence to start our learning experience at 5 years old. My prayers to her family.


Molly Metzger Tevis posted on 3/25/19

I am very sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. The Kohl family lived in our neighborhood in Gnaden and I graduated with Pete. What a wonderful family and I always remember Betty with a smile on her face. Thinking of her family at this time. Molly Metzger Tevis


Scott Urban posted on 3/25/19

Betty was my kindergarten teacher and I loved her. I struggled learning my phone this day I remember that number because she was so patient with me while learning it. I also delivered a daily newspaper to her and she was always a terrific tipper. I am sure she influenced many student over the years and will be missed by family and friends.


Pearl Edwards Hanner posted on 3/25/19

Mrs. Kohl was my 3rd grade teacher and my favorite grade school teacher. I have many fond memories of her.