Beatrice Amy “Bea” Baer, 89, passed away on Saturday evening, September 1, 2018, at her daughter’s residence following a short illness.
She was born Warren on October 12, 1928, the daughter of Percy H. and Beatrice E. (Higgins) Lavarack.
She was a 1946 graduate of Niles McKinley High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Youngstown State University.
She was a middle school teacher for over 29 years with the Howland Local Schools.
Bea was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Ida McKinley Chapter 229 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Howland Classroom Teachers Association (HCTA), Northeastern Ohio Education Association (NEOEA) and was the longtime secretary for Niles Churches for Housing – Central Park Apartments.
She enjoyed reading, boating, snow skiing, playing cards, dominos and visiting with friends. Most important to her was family and church and she cherished the time spent going to the grandkids’ and great-grandkids’ sporting events.
Bea is survived by son, James (Andrea) Baer of Howland; daughter, Ellen (David) Dinsmore of Niles; five grandchildren, Amy Dixon of Girard, Christine (Joseph) Bross of Howland, Jennifer (Shawn) Walsh of Hubbard, Taylor Baer of Howland and James Baer of Howland; six great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Baer, whom she married on November 18, 1946 and who died on January 2, 2008 and two brothers, Perry and James Lavarack.
The funeral will be Friday, September 7, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where family and friends may call one hour prior to the service, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Reverend Donald Hall will officiate.
Burial will be in Niles City Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley.
Arrangements by Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home, Niles. Visit holetonyuhasz.com to share condolences.
A television tribute will air Tuesday, September 4 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX, 12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.