Carola Baker, 76, of Le Mars died Saturday, Aug.16, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, after a courageous struggle with cancer.
Carola Theresa Adam was born Jan. 29, 1927, to Karl and Theresia (Ostermann) Adam in Waging am See, Bavaria, Germany. Carola was raised and educated in Germany. As a young woman, Carola taught in an elementary school. She met her future husband, Clarence Baker, while he was stationed in Germany after World War II. Clarence was discharged from the service and returned to the United States, and Carola immigrated to the United States two years later. In February 1947, Clarence and Carola were united in marriage at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen. The couple farmed near Remsen for several years. They moved to Le Mars in 1956. Carola began working for Westmar College as a housekeeping supervisor following the death of her husband. Most recently, she was employed with Area Education Agency 12 in Le Mars.
Carola was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the St. James Alter Society. She enjoyed reading and listening to music as well as playing the piano and the accordion. Carola never lost touch with her heritage; she enjoyed keeping in contact with relatives and friends in Germany and looked forward to traveling to see them. She had many friends and loved spending time with them and her family. Her grandchildren were especially dear to her.
Survivors include four children, Sandra Quintero of Ames, Barbara and her husband, Ted Pompe, of Belvidere, Ill., Pamela Pick of Granville, and Richard Baker of Munich, Germany; seven grandchildren, Buffy Quintero and her husband, Ben Lewis, Alex Pompe, Jeffrey Pompe, Andrew Pick, Adam Pick, Ryan Pick, and Rachelle Pick; a brother and sister-in-law, Friedrich "Fritz" and Uta Adam of Ebersberg, Germany; a sister and brother-in-law, Inge and Alfred Prexl of Heusenstamm, Germany; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence in July 1979; and a son, Arnold in 1966.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church with Reverend James Tigges officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Le Mars. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. There will be a parish rosary at 4 p.m. followed by a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Alex Pompe, Jeffrey Pompe, Andrew Pick, Adam Pick, Ben Lewis, and Ted Pompe.