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Baumgartner, Mary "Wimp" (9/13/1930 - 6/2/2018)
Mary Louise “Wimp“ Baumgartner, 87, of Kendallville died Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 5:39 a.m. at Lutheran Life Villages in Kendallville, IN.
She was born September 13, 1930, in Fort Wayne, IN to Leslie and Bernice (Danner) Baumgartner.
She graduated from Central High School in Fort Wayne and received her Master’s Degree from the University of Indianapolis.
Wimp played professional baseball with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Between 1949-1954, she played for the Chicago Colleens, Springfield Sallies, Kalamazoo Lassies, Peoria Redwings, and South Bend Blue Sox.
Miss Baumgartner was a teacher at Jimtown High School in Elkhart and Leo High School in Leo. She retired in 1985, after 28 years.
She attended the Rome City United Methodist Church.
Wimp moved to Lutheran Life Villages in December, 2017, after living with her niece in Rome City. Prior to that she resided at Jimmerson Lake near Fremont.
Surviving are four nieces, three nephews, and 11 great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by four sisters, Betty Simon, Marjorie Markley, Mildred Baumgartner, and Delores Baumgartner.
Funeral services were held June 5, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville, IN with Rev. Christopher White officiating.
Preferred memorials were to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, Indiana, or Lutheran Life Villages, Activities Fund, Kendallville, Indiana..
Submitted on: 06/06/2018
Contributed By: Merrie Fidler
Copyright: Young Family Funeral Home, Kendalville, IN