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Valerie Ketcher Baum

Valerie Ketcher Baum, age 57, of Winsted, and formerly of Watertown, died Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at Presbyterian Homes of Lake Minnetonka.

She was born May 26, 1952, in Watertown, the daughter of Bill and Amy Koehler Ketcher. Valerie was baptized June 15, 1952. She was instructed in the Lutheran catechism, and confirmed in the Christian faith at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Watertown Township April 3, 1966.

Valerie graduated from Watertown High School in 1970.

She was employed for the past 30 years at Presbyterian Homes of Lake Minnetonka as a nursing assistant.

Valerie was joined in holy marriage to Gary L. Baum July 15, 1995, in LaCrosse, WI.

She loved to shop, camp, fish, and go on outings with her friends.

Valerie is survived by her husband, Gary L. Baum of Winsted; two stepchildren, Thomas (Chris) Baum and Stacey (Matt) Henthorne, all of Sparta, WI; two granddaughters, Makayla and Taylor; two grandsons, Dylan and Tyler; her mother, Amy (Vernon) Berglund of Spooner, WI; brothers Jerry Ketcher, and Dale (Shelly) Ketcher, all of Watertown, and Steve (Pam) Ketcher of Downing, WI; aunts; uncles; cousins; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Ketcher.

A memorial service took place Saturday, June 20 at 3 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted with Pastor William Kirmsse officiating.

Arrangements were by the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.