The Reverend Stuart (Stu) Baker

The Reverend Stuart (Stu) Baker


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Stuart (Stu) Baker, 83, of Cornwall, PA who passed away on Friday, September 23, 2022 at Cornwall Manor. He was the husband of Carolyn R. (Reinoehl), with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Stuart was born in Sturgis, MI on April 6, 1939 to the late Luther W. and Emmy Lou (Rider) Baker. He received a Master’s in Theology from Yale Divinity School. Stuart served on various committees and boards for the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He served as pastor at Fair Haven United Methodist Parish in New Haven, CT; East Pearl Street UMC in New Haven, CT; South Meriden Trinity UMC in South Meriden, CT; Lake Ronkonkoma UMC on Long Island, NY; and Stratford UMC in Stratford, CT. He retired from the NY Conference in 2005.

Stuart was tour host/director of travel ministry for Educational Opportunities Tours for 32 years and took many trips to the Holy Land. He was also involved with prison ministry in the Poconos. He enjoyed traveling, hiking, walking, birdwatching, fishing, and camping.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, Cynthia Rothenberger and her husband, John, of Fleetwood, PA; Deborah Kelly and her husband, Joseph, of Tully, NY; Stephen Baker and his wife, Elena, of Winchester, MA; his grandchildren, Beth Rothenberger, Sarah Rothenberger, Matthew Kelly, Brian Kelly, Eleanor Kelly, Stella Baker, and Summer Baker; and his siblings, Neal Baker of Croatia, and Annette Ingraham of Thibodaux, LA.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 11AM at Zerr Chapel at Cornwall Manor, 1 Boyd Street, Cornwall, PA.
Condolences/Memorials can be addressed to: Carolyn Baker, Carriage - 11, PO Box 125, Cornwall, PA 17016-0125.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) at To give by mail, make your check payable to Advance GCFA, write the name of the missionary or project and the Advance number on the memo line of the check and send it to: Global Ministries/UMCOR, GPO, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068.