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.Thomas G. Bake .

Collected and contributed by:  Bill Fonferek

. February 15 - February 21, 2012  .
Green Bay Press-Gazette .

Thomas G. Bake, 82, was born on Oct. 10, 1929, in Oconto, Wis., and died a peaceful death on Feb. 13, 2012, after a yearlong battle with cancer. A man who touched the hearts and lives of everyone he knew, Tom spent his entire career in the jewelry business. His first store was in Oconto. He then purchased the former HS Campbell store in Green Bay, Wis., and transformed it into Bake's of Green Bay, one of the finest jewelry and gift stores in the country. Gifts given in the famous "Bake's Blue Box" brought excitement and joy to thousands of his customers over the years. So great was his passion for beautiful things that Tom continued to work in the jewelry industry until 2011 as a sales representative for Henry Dunay and RCM Gioielli.

Tom is survived by his partner, Michele Scotto di Santolo; a daughter and son-in-law, Bridget and Donald Fraser; his granddaughters, Murphy and Molly; a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and R. Hollis Hanes; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Bake and Marjorie Bake and many nieces, nephews, and loving friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, Jean (Jarvis) Bake; his parents, George and Marie Bake; his brothers, Patrick, William, Douglas and Robert Bake; a sister, Margaret Bake; a sister and brother- in-law, Sally and John Rudan.

An avid collector of fine furniture and decorative arts and a passionate supporter of the visual and performing arts, Mr. Bake would ask that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras Foundation.

As those who knew him know well, his charm, wit, and generous spirit will be greatly missed. There was no other heart quite like his.

Friends may call at Resurrection Catholic Church, 333 Hilltop Dr., Allouez, from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the church with Rev. John Van Deuren officiating and Bishop Robert Morneau concelebrating. Interment will be in the Oconto Catholic Cemetery. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to