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Elijah Baker

Elijah Baker

Monday, March 20th, 2017 Friday, June 14th, 2019

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Obituary for Elijah Jon Baker

The world lost its youngest and most courageous superhero Friday, June 14, 2019. Elijah Jon Baker, “Super Eli”, 2, of Plymouth, Minnesota, entered eternal life surrounded by his loving family.

Elijah was born to human parents Jeffrey and Staci (Langel) Baker on March 20, 2017 in Maple Grove, MN. His brother Owen (4), whom he admired, and sister Evelyn (3 months) were his closest companions. He often nearly blew his cover by saving his brother from timeout or getting sent to timeout just to be with him. He loved and adored his baby sister even before she was born. There was no jealousy or competition, only curiosity and lots of attention. His ability to show his love and affection for his family and friends was superhuman. As early as he had the strength to move his arms, he could wrap them around a neck and squeeze, creating a precious one-of-a-kind hug; a hug the recipient would never forget. Even strangers were taken back by his sweet smile, energetic demeanor, and ability to grasp attention.

Super Eli was destined to rid himself of pants as they never fit; always too wide, too long, or too bunchy. In his never-ending pursuit to avoid pants, he moved quickly each and every day bouncing from room to room removing and dodging jeans, sweatpants, or shorts. If you put them on him, they fell down or he took them off. Super Eli was busy all the time, which coined him the nickname Babybiz. Babybiz was always on the move whether that meant generating messes, giving out free hugs, trying on every pair of shoes in the house, playing with his trains, pursuing endless adventures with his big brother, reading books, or exploring the outdoors. Elijah had the ability to steal your heart with his contagious smile, beautiful green eyes and blond hair, joyous laugh, and relentless energy. Super Eli’s last act of heroism was to donate his organs to help those most in need of a lifeline. He proved even in the afterlife; he can save lives.

Father Mike will lead the celebration of Eli’s superhero life at Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Maple Grove, MN. Superhero shirts are encouraged. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2019 prior to a prayer service, which will be held at 2:00 p.m. Ice cream reception will take place after the ceremony. Arrangements are with the Kozlak Radulovich Funeral Chapels in Maple Grove. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through https://www.kozlakradulovich.com/.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Elijah’s honor to Children’s Minnesota, “Children’s Health in Community” or “Ronald McDonald House”, https://www.childrensmn.org/support-childrens/why-support-childrens/?_ga=2.261672079.36678376.1560947556-1906056549.1560947556.

Or donations can be made directly to the family at the gofundme page that was created on Elijah’s behalf.
The Baker family is grateful to the many doctors, nurses, child life specialists, paramedics, and volunteers that worked tirelessly to help Eli in his pursuit for life. Especially the many hardworking and heartfelt workers at North Memorial Health Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. Thank you all.

Survivors include his parents Jeffrey and Staci (Langel) Baker and siblings: Owen (4) and Evelyn (3 months) of Plymouth, MN. Grandparents Julie Langel of LeMars, IA, Lynn and Patty (Johansen) Baker of Lannon, WI; and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his papa, Scott Langel.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, June 21st, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Church of St. Joseph the Worker
    7180 Hemlock Lane
    Maple Grove, MN
    Friday, June 21st, 2019
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Funeral Service

    Friday, June 21st, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Church of St. Joseph the Worker
    7180 Hemlock Lane
    Maple Grove, MN
    Friday, June 21st, 2019
    2:00pm
    Officiant
    Fr. Mike Sullivan

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Sue

My heart was caught when I read you lost your precious little son and I wanted to send my warmest condolences to the family. Our Creator took an interest in Elijah before anyone as Psalms 139:16 shows and assures us at John 5:28,29 that you will have him in your life once again. Until God’s promises come true may every memory of the love you felt for your little superhero, flood and overtake you with calm and peace to help you through the dark moments. Please go to jw.org for more encouraging scriptures and videos to help heal your broken heart 💔 https://tv.jw.org/#en/mediaitems/VODMinistryTools/pub-imv_4_VIDEO
Comment | Posted at 10:42am via Condolence
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Annonymous

Sounds like a great little man, who had a warm, loving family. So sorry for your loss. I’m sure he was able to trade his cape in for a beautiful set of wings. Please know that every responder gave their all for Elijah that day.
Comment | Posted at 10:38am via Condolence
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Rabecca Gibbs

Sending our deepest sympathies. May the Lord wrap his loving hands around each of you as your hearts heal. Blessings and Hugs, The Gibbs' Family (Matt, Becky, Addelyn, and Noelle)
Comment | Posted at 10:52am via Condolence
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John & Susanna Patterson

The death of a child is the cruelest kind of grief...we've been there; there are no words that immediately can console. We are here for you.
John & Susanna Patterson
Comment | Posted at 10:49am via Condolence
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Tom Syvertsen

To the Baker Family and to all Loved Ones,

You, your pain and loss will forever be in my heart and I will always be here if you ever need anything. You will always be in my prayers and thoughts.

One of my very good friends Son Blake had a heart transplant on June 6, 2019 at Children's in Minneapolis and is doing well. There are no words for for the gift of Life to another, but all I can say to you is that Eli will live on in others and in our mings, hearts and souls.

Love and Light to you all.
Tom & Crystal Syvertsen
Comment | Posted at 10:17am via Condolence
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Tom Syvertsen

To the Baker Family and to all Loved Ones, You, your pain and loss will forever be in my heart and I will always be here if you ever need anything. You will always be in my prayers and thoughts. One of my very good friends Son Blake had a heart transplant on June 6, 2019 at Children's in Minneapolis and is doing well. There are no words for the gift of Life to another, but all I can say to you is that Eli will live on in others and in our minds, hearts and souls. Love and Light to you all. Tom & Crystal Syvertsen
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