Cherokee J. Baer

May 4, 1951 - August 29, 2017
Cherokee J. Baer

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Cherokee Baer (66) of Williamsburg, passed away Tuesday morning August 29, 2017 at the Williamsburg Hospice house after a brief illness.

Visitation will be at Saint Bede Catholic Church on Tuesday, September 5th at 10:30 AM followed by Mass at 11:00 AM.  Interment will follow after the Mass on the Church Grounds.

Cherokee was born in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada to Louis Merino and Anna Bella Dupuis on May 4, 1951.  She lived 30+ years in Connecticut before moving to Virginia and was very much a Connecticut Yankee.  Cherokee married Jack Baer on a beautiful day in August 22, 1992 at Saint James Catholic Church in Stratford Connecticut.  She worked as an Executive Assistant for Fortune 50 Companies before devoting her life to working for the Church.  She was Parish Manager of Saint James Catholic Church and Social Ministry Director at Saint Bede.  Cherokee was very proud of her American Indian heritage and loved life, music, family, friends, and dogs.  She was a championship drummer in the Drum & Bugle Corps, where she was the first female to break an all-male drum line.

She is survived by family and loved ones too numerous to mention.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, Cherokee wishes you just spend extra time with your loved ones, for life is short.  Remember, Cherokee would always say “life was all about relationships.”  Jack wishes that you never forget Cherokee and keep her in your prayers.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017
11:00 AM

Saint Bede Catholic Church - Directions
3686 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • September 01, 2017
    Sr. Karen Anne Wieleba says:
    My friendship with Cherokee and Jack evolved when they lived in Newport News and they were Associates with the Bernardine Sisters at Mary Immaculate Hospital. Jack and Cherokee were very committed to learning and practicing Franciscan spirituality and became good friends with many of the Sisters there. Over the last ten years I have remembered our good, often lively conversations and sharing. I have every confidence that her spunk and joy lives on in eternity. Rest peacefully dear friend.

  • September 02, 2017
    Patty Woollett says:
    Cherokee was a ground-breaker for all young girls who aspired to play drums in a male-dominated field. The young women today who play drums all over the nation owe graditude to Cherokee. But she was more than a ground-breaker...she was a good, solid friend and a person immersed in her faith. Her example and her friendship will be greatly missed.

  • September 02, 2017
    Susan Moss says:
    Cherokee and Jack were great neighbors. We lived two house from them for Twenty years until My Husband and I moved to Florida. Rest In Peace Cherokee. God Bless you.

  • September 02, 2017
    Karen haynes lit a candle:
    Lit since September 2, 2017 at 9:50:00 AM

  • September 02, 2017
    Kay L. Nadeau says:
    I met Cherokee in the early 90's in Ct. when we were both single. I invited her to my home that year for Thanksgiving, a memory I will never forget. Soon she met her true love,Jack, and I was a bridesmaid in their wedding. I visited them in Newport News and remember Little Foot & the bluebird houses in their back yard and my visit inside a submarine. All very special memories of a free spirited friend I miss. RIP my friend & heartfelt prayers to her special husband Jack, & her family & friends who will miss her deeply. May God surround you all with LOVE & remember life can be short.