Korean Garnet (Baker) Glasser, 66, a resident of Reedsport, Ore., since 1968, died in Coos Bay, Ore., on Jan. 20, 2010. She was born Jan. 27, 1943, in Portland, Ore., to Eleanor Fritzler Baker and Jesse James Baker.
She graduated from Hood River High School in 1961 and earned a degree in elementary education from Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) in 1965.
Korean taught primary school in Dayton, Ore., before moving to Reedsport in 1968 to work for the Reedsport School District. She taught third grade at Highland Elementary School in Reedsport.
She married Joseph Glasser in May, 1971 and they resided in Reedsport. They had no children. Joe died in July 1991, after a difficult fight with cancer.
After leaving education, Korean worked for a variety of businesses and organizations including: Eureka Fish Company, Ocean Beauty Fish Company, H&R Block and Honeyman State Park.
Her hobbies included handiwork — especially crocheting. She made beautiful afghans and other crocheted items. She was also an excellent cook.
Other interests included pets, specifically her beloved pet cats. She collected dolls and had an extensive array of “collector” dolls.
Music was another important aspect of Korean’s life. She was a pianist and a vocalist.
Survivors include her sister, Linda Kay Neuman, of Pendleton, Ore.; brother, Steven H. Baker, of Big Bear Lake, Calif.; longtime friend Mary Ellen Wheaton, of Reedsport; stepdaughters Vicki Musgrave, of Roseburg, Ore., and Sharen Glasser, of Brookings, Ore.; nephews Richard Matthew Neuman, of Portland, Ore., Erick Carl Neuman, of Milwaukie, Ore., and Nathan H. Baker, of Portland, Ore.; nieces Elizabeth Durant, of Pendleton, Ore., and Stephanie Mason, of Washington state; cousins Keith Fritzler, of Seatac, Wash., and Tom Fritzler, of LaConner, Wash.; and her aunt, Anne Fritzler, of Seattle, Wash.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Glasser, in July 1991; her mother, Eleanor Fritzler Baker, of Milwaukie, Ore., in 2003; her father, Jesse James Baker, of Truth or Consequences, N.M., in 1998; and a cousin, Paul Fritzler, of Seattle, Wash., in 2008.
A memorial service was held Feb. 1 at United Presbyterian Church in Reedsport, Ore., conducted by The Rev. Dr. William F. Stevens.
Arrangements are under the direction of Dunes Memorial Chapel of Reedsport, Ore.
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