.Thomas G. Bake
February 15 - February 21, 2012
Green Bay Press-Gazette .
Thomas G. Bake, 82, was born on Oct. 10, 1929, in Oconto,
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 www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
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