N. Hope Baehr

Born: Wed., Jul. 15, 1925
Died: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Thu., Sep. 05, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Fri., Sep. 06, 2019
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

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Norma “Hope” Baehr, age 94, of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Friday, August 30, 2019 at Liberty Village in Pittsfield.  She was born on July 15, 1925 in Saint Louis, MO, and was raised by her aunt and uncle, John and Tootie Johnson.  She married Marchell “Rusty” Baehr on December 4, 1954 and he preceded her in death on June 26, 2001.

Hope graduated from Milton High School and went on to work as an ammunition inspector in Saint Louis.  She returned to Pike County and began working as Brown Shoe Company in Pittsfield and then worked as a Private Duty Nurse at Illini Community Hospital.  She then became a Post Master for the United States Postal Service, working in New Salem and Hull, retiring after 20 years of service at each location.  In earlier years, Hope and Rusty were members of a dance club.  She enjoyed bowling on different bowling leagues and didn’t quit until well into her 80’s.  She loved the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Dallas Cowboys.  She was also a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by two sons, Mark (Tammy) Baehr of Springfield, IL and Mike (Molly) Baehr of Mt. Holly Springs, PA; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a sister.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rusty; a daughter, Marsha Sandifer; her parents; her aunt and uncle, John and Tootie Johnson.

Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pittsfield.  Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Pittsfield.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.  Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Shriner’s Hospital for Children.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in N. Hope's memory to the following organizations:

Shriners Hospital For Children

St. Jude Children's Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105

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Lee Ann Pepper
   Posted Wed September 04, 2019
Many fun trips to state bowling tournaments. First thing we would do was find Hope a Catholic Church for Sunday services. Rest in peace Hope.

Tim Lotz
   Posted Thu September 05, 2019
Mike, I know the loss you're feeling now, so I wanted to say that I'm asking the Lord to give comfort and strength for your family today.

Tim and Nancy Halpin
   Posted Fri September 06, 2019
So sorry to hear of Hope's passing. Her gracious and sweet personality will be remembered.

Michael Smart
   Posted Tue September 10, 2019
Mike and Mark Baehr,

So sorry to see that Hope passed, what a great nickname. I'm sorry I will not be at the visitation or service; I am working Thursday evening and have a doctor's appt. that Friday morning.

Mark, we shared a lot of good times in the past, hope all is well with you and your family. My ph. is 217 248 8641, please call or text sometime when it is convenient for you. My condolences. 

Much Love and Many Blessing,
Michael Smart AKA Hippie

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