Sharon L. Baker

Born: Sunday, August 21, 1932
Passed: Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Sharon L. Baker
1932 - 2018

Born to Ann and William Sharp August 21, 1932 in Spring Valley, Illinois. The Lord claimed Sharon from Amberwood Care Centre January 31, 2018 while recovering nicely from a recent fall. Sharon graduated from Harlem High School where she was active in theatre and girls softball. Until recently she maintained a monthly lunch bunch meeting with many of her high school classmates. She was employed by WREX TV for 40 years where her friendly voice and personality made her special with clients and visitors until her recent retirement in 1997. Sharon married Gerald "Jerry" Baker December 13, 1970 in Rockford. She enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Alaska, Colorado, Tennessee, and Utah. She cherished the memories that were made each summer in Minocqua, Wisconsin. At home, stray animals could find a free meal at her door, and there was always a kitten inside to make life interesting.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry; loving children, Vicki (Todd) Sahy of Liberty, TN and Steven (Cindy) Kinson of Roscoe; brother, Larry (Linda) Mitchell of Kanab, UT; sister, Patrice (Don) Dahlem of Ladd, IL; granddaughters Casey Kinson of Oakland, CA, Katie Kinson of Rockton; nephew, Steven (Maryellen) Warick of Fairlawn, VA; and niece Aimee Sherman of Ladd, IL. Predeceased by her parents, and sister Patricia (Richard) Layng of Rockford.

Private family graveside services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family for a memorial to be established in Sharon's name to Best Friends Animal Shelter in Kanab, Utah.

Condolences & Shared Memories (6)

  1. Bruce Jacobsen

    Such a wonderful engaging personality greeting the visitors to WREX. My deepest sympathies to Jerry and the family.

  2. Mike Robinson

    Sharon was always a delight. She was one of the special people I remember most from my years at WREX. Perhaps it was because she always laughed at my jokes :). My condolences to Jerry and the family.

  3. Bob Kartheiser

    Sharon's smile and warm welcome were experienced by hundreds of aspiring journalists during her many years at WREX. I was one of them in January, 1979. During my short stay there, I anchored the noon news for awhile and spent many a moment with Sharon as we waited for guests to arrive. She made everyone so comfortable upon arrival and that always helped make for a better visit (both as a future employee or as a show guest). It's one of the things I always remember about the station ... and will never forget. Sharon -- Rest in peace, knowing the positive things you did.

  4. Carolyn (Buzzo) Dryden

    Although I haven't seen Sharon in many years I remember her so well from WREX TV. She was Sharon Kinson at that time. My 1st. husband Bob Buzzo (Buzz) was executive secretary to Joe Baish at the time. Sharon, Bob and I would go out to lunch together or just visit at the TV Station. I can remember watching the first televised color show in Rockford with her at the station. It was the Flinstones. She was a wonderful lady, everyone loved her. Deepest Sympathy, Carolym

  5. Julie LaMay-Bengtson

    Very sorry for the loss of your mom, Steve. I actually just lost my dad one week ago. My sympathies to you and your family.

  6. Debbie Clark

    Jerry, Think of you and Sharon often - but yet we haven't connected in years. Thinking and remembering all the wonderful times we had at WREX. May Sharon be at peace. In our prayers, Debbie and Larry