Mrs. Helen M. (Baker) Kaumeyer

  • Born: October 20, 1917
  • Died: December 23, 2015
  • Location: Wayland, Michigan

Kubiak-Cook Funeral Services

312 N Main Street
Wayland, MI 49348
Tel. (269) 792-2237

Tribute & Message From The Family

Helen M. (Baker) Kaumeyer of Wayland, MI went to be with her lord on Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Helen was born October 20, 1917 to Helena and Wendell Tichvon on a farm in Barry County, Michigan. She is survived by her sons Jerry ( Judy) Baker of Burlington, WI; Don (Cathy) Baker of Brighton, MI: Doug ( Sue) Baker of Boise, ID; sister in law Barb Tichvon of Cobb Lake , seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and numerous nephews, and nieces. Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Andrew, Joseph, Charles, Wendell Jr., Frank; her sister Ann Kudej; first husband Melvin H. Baker and second husband Henry Kaumeyer. Helen grew up on a farm when it was typical of all members of a large family to carry their share of surviving in difficult times during the Great Depression. Learning during that time that love and family was more important than material goods and wealth. Although denied a great deal of formal education, she was extremely intelligent and a wonderful teacher by example. She and Melvin were married in 1938 in Flint, MI where Helen gave birth to Jerry and Don. Melvin and Helen together built a house in Flint. The family then moved to a farm near Helen's birth place in Middleville, MI, where the Yankee Springs Golf Course club house is located. Melvin and Helen then built a house and moved to Wayland, MI in 1948. This house was to be Helen's home for most of the rest of her life. Third son Doug was born in 1955. Melvin tragically passed in 1957. Although the ensuing years were difficult ones, Helen held the family together and eventually all three sons graduated from Michigan State University and went on to successful careers. Helen married Henry in 1968. They lived in Wayland and were both active members of the Wayland VFW post. Helen was active in local affairs. She served on the election board and was a devout Catholic; she was a member of St. Therese parish in Wayland. All her life Helen was extremely involved with her family and friends, especially when they gathered at her beloved cottage on Cobb Lake. She was well loved by all who ever met her. At her 95th birthday party, she was awarded a proclamation from the Mayor and Wayland Town Council, honoring her contribution to the Wayland community. Helen spent her last years in Byron Manor in Byron Center and Heartland HCC in Grand Rapids. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church Wayland at a later date to be announced. The family will greet relatives and friends at the church prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Wayland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Wayland VFW Post. Please use to leave memories of Helen for the family.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Our prayers and thoughts are with Helen's family. We always admired her. Sometimes she and my parents, Dick and Mary Krup, rode together for the rosary group on Tuesday evenings or to Mass on Sunday. I know that they loved and enjoyed the time that they spent together over the years. They visited each other and often brought some homemade treats from one house to the other. They considered her one of their best friends.
Dad passed away on May 13, and Mom joined him on December 8. I imagine them enjoying their first Christmas in Heaven together and welcoming Helen. We are sorry for your loss.

Posted by Pat (Krup) Guldenzoph - Wayland, MI - family friend   January 05, 2016


Prayers and sympathy to the family of Helen. May she now rest in peace.

Posted by Walt & Helen Alflen - Bradenton.,, FL - Friend   December 27, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers our with the Baker family. She was a wonderful mother to the Baker boys. And a great grandmother. We will talk soon .
John and Mary Plowman

Posted by Mary and John Plowman - Perry, MI - Friends   December 26, 2015

My condolences to you and your family for your loss. I hope you find comfort in the words at Psalm 46:1-"God is our refuge and strength. A help that is readily found in times of distress. Our prayers for you and your family.

Posted by Carmen - FL   December 26, 2015

May you find comfort in knowing that Helen has the opportunity to be among the meek that will inherit the earth, as Jesus said at Matt 5:5

Posted by A friend - Chicago, IL   December 26, 2015

Posted by barby Smith    December 25, 2015

My condolences to the family will be kept in god's memory

Posted by D    December 25, 2015

My condolences to the family loosing a loved one is something hard but she will be kept in god's memory

Posted by Amanda    December 25, 2015


Posted by M.M.HENNING - Wayland, MI - Aquintance from St Therese Parus   December 23, 2015

Sorry to hear Mrs. Kaumeyer has died. She was a great lady. Condolences to family and friends c

Posted by Dan Miller - Hastings, MI - Friend   December 23, 2015

Doug & Family, so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I have heard so many talk about what a wonderful kind woman she was. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Don & Deb Clack - HUDSONVILLE, MI   December 23, 2015

I am sorry to hear about the passing of Helen. She was a very nice and caring person. I have many memories of her when she lived on Cedar Street. God be with all of you.

Posted by Shirley Heth - Wayland, MI - friend   December 23, 2015

Helen was a very lovely lady, she will be missed. Jim & Mary

Posted by Jim & Mary Kaczanowski - Dorr, MI - Friends from church   December 23, 2015

Doug and family, so sorry for your loss. Your mother will truly be missed, especially by my mom. She was a great friend and I always loved hearing my moms stories about the fun times they shared. Keeping you all in my thoughts at the difficult time.

Posted by Mary Ward - Alto, MI - friend   December 23, 2015

Doug and family, my heartfelt sympathy and prayers to you all during this difficult time. Your Mother was truly a jewel, always pleasant, always smiling, always kind. I join you in mourning her passing as well as celebrating her life.

Posted by Mary Morgenstern Iciek - Wayland, MI   December 23, 2015