Joan Lucille (Piper) Baker, 87, of Indiana, PA (formerly of Blairsville) died on Saturday July 17, 2021 at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.

Daughter of Earl J. and Ida (Clark) Piper, she was born on October 19, 1933 in Cokeville, Pennsylvania.

Joan graduated from Blairsville High School, Class of 1952. She worked as an accountant and was a Blairsville tax collector for 20 years.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blairsville and served as their church treasurer for many years. She was also a member of the Senior Citizens Bowling League at Latrobe.

Survivors are her 68-year-old husband Raymond F. “Andy” Baker whom she married on July 25, 1953, six children, Ronald Baker (Lois) of Brush Valley; Margie Kistler (Denny) of Blairsville; Michael Baker (Karen) from Indiana; Timothy Baker (Nellie) of Stafford, Virginia; Matthew Baker (Elinor) of Latrobe and Amy Miller (John) of Dover; 13 grandchildren, Jason Baker, Justin Baker, Jacqueline Komer, Jenelle Canon, Joshua Kistler, Aaron Baker, Nathan Baker, Kaylin Baker, Timothy Baker, Alan Baker, Andrea Kahlid, Jessie Albertson and AJ Miller and 14 great grandchildren .

She was predeceased by her parents, two grandchildren, Ryan Kistler and Adam Baker, a great grandson, Nathan Baker and 17 siblings.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Shoemaker Funeral Home, Inc., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, PA. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Reverend Ronnie C. Morris, Sr. officiating.

Interment will be in Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville, PA.

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