In memoriam of Hazel Barbara Baab, 12/20/1915 - 01/15/2018

Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, The Boyd Chapel

In memoriam of Hazel Barbara Baab, 12/20/1915 - 01/15/2018

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Hazel Baab, 102, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at Wellbridge Nursing Home in Romeo, Michigan.

Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Boyd Chapel of Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman. Burial will be in Ruggles Cemetery, Baroda. Friends may meet with the family from 10 - 11AM prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Association, 564 S. Main Street, Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2870. Online condolences at

Hazel was born December 20, 1915, in Chicago, the daughter of the Tunis and Jenny (Korte) Van Den Handel. On October 9, 1936, she married John Baab and they shared their lives for 42 years until his death in 1979. They moved to Berrien Springs in 1942, where they farmed and raised their family. She spent most of her later years in St. Joseph. Children, travel and the Berrien County Youth Fair were chief among her great loves.

She is survived by her children: Jeneane Collings of Washington, D.C., Dennis (Nadine) of Lake Placid, Florida, Barbara Pipes of Rochester Hills, Michigan, and Daryl (Sue) of Piedmont, South Carolina; grandchildren: Christina Johanningmeier of South Carolina, Jonathan (Annie) of Michigan, Eric Rick of the Dominican Republic, Heather Loftus (Michael) of Michigan, Susan Tamulaitis (Pam Kosinski) of Massachusetts, John of South Carolina, and Jordan of North Carolina; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Hazel was also preceded in death by five sisters and four brothers. 

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