Joan B. Baer
Joan B. Baer

November 7, 1932 - June 26, 2019
Born in Lancaster, New York
Resided in Orchard Park, New York
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Baer, Joan B. (nee Smith)
November 7, 1932-June 26, 2019, age 86, of complications associated with a recent diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer. Cherished wife of 47 years to Richard C.; loving mother of Billie Joan (Brad) Kempeny and Susan (Richard) Newton; beloved grandmother of Darryl Ann and Sarah Louise Newton; daughter of the late Edward and Alma (nee Abendschein) Smith; sister of Arlene (late Lee) Peabody; sister-in-law of Lynne (late James) Smith and Leslie (late Jack) Smith; aunt to 35 nieces and nephews. Joan was a 30 year employee of Gibraltar Steel Corporation where she served in many roles, retiring in 1998 as Manager of the Payroll Department. She was a trusted confidante of the late Dr. Ken Lipke, Founder of Gibraltar. Joan was an expert bird watcher and traveled with her husband throughout North America from coast to coast and from the Arctic Circle to the Gulf of Mexico and to the Rio Grande Valley in pursuit of her hobby. She was a crafter, an avid gardener and an accomplished cook. Her favorite times were spent with her family at their summer camp on the shores of Fourth Lake in Inlet in her beloved Adirondack Mountains where she was a summer (and sometimes winter) resident for over 60 years. Final arrangements will be private. Donations may be made to Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java, NY 14113 or The Owl Foundation, 4117 21st Street, R.R.1, Vineland Station, Ontario, Canada, L0R 2E0. Arrangements by (Orchard Park Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. Share condolences online at






The Beaver Meadow Audubon Center
1610 Welch Rd.
N. Java, New York 14113
The Owl Foundation
4117 21st St. RR1
Vineland Station, Canada L0R 2E0