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Lisa M. Polito-Baker

April 5, 1959 ~ August 28, 2017 (age 58)
BAKER-Lisa M. Polito-Baker, 58 was called to her heavenly home on Monday, August 28, 2017.  Lisa was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on April 5, 1959 and moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1960 with her family.  Lisa graduated from Manzano High School in 1977 and then began an almost 32 year career with Sandia National Laboratory.  Sandia transferred Lisa to Las Vegas, NV in 2006 where she retired in 2010.  Lisa had plans to begin a new career and spend time traveling with her husband, but unfortunately, one year after retiring she discovered she had the first of six different cancers. Lisa spent the next six years waging a fierce war against cancer and beat the disease five times with the love and care provided by her husband Rick along with many doctors and medical professionals.  Despite fighting with amazing faith, dignity and grace, the sixth cancer was just too much to overcome.  Lisa would be the first to tell you that her personal relationship with God gave her the strength to fight this horrible disease.  She never asked “why me?” but only asked for the strength to keep fighting so that she could share her love with her family and many friends.  Her unwavering faith and devotion to God was an inspiration to many and helped others deal with her illness.  While in Albuquerque, Lisa was a member of John XXIII Catholic Community and upon arriving in Las Vegas a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton.  Lisa was preceded in death by her father Gene in 2008 and her mother Phyllis in 2014.  Lisa is survived by the love of her life, husband Rick, brother Gene and sister-in-law Joan of Albuquerque; brother Tony and sister-in-law Kelly of Panama City Beach, FL; brother Andy and nephews Joey and Dominic, of Scottsdale, AZ; uncle Niel Pezzillo of Las Vegas, NV; aunt Mary Ann and husband Dr. Gary Schroeder of Albuquerque, as well as a large extended family in Albuquerque, Pittsburgh and Las Vegas. Lisa’s only regret in life was that she did not have children of her own so she cherished that Rick’s children loved and treated her as if she was their mom while also allowing her to share the grand parenting duties with Rick. She is also survived by children Jeannette of Apple Valley, MN, Jacob and wife Krystal of El Paso, Aaron of Phoenix and 7 grandchildren.  There will be a viewing on September 7, 2017 from 7-9:00 pm at Daniels Family Funeral Services, 7601 Wyoming Blvd., NE, Albuquerque.  A Rosary will be held on September 8, 2017 at 10:15 am at John XXIII Catholic Community, 4831 Tramway Ridge Drive, NE, Albuquerque. The Funeral Mass will then commence at 11:00 am at John XXIII Catholic Community, with lunch immediately after in the Parish Hall.  Pall bearers will be Gene Polito, Tony Polito, Andy Polito, David Pezzillo, Jacob Vigliante and Aaron Baker. Lisa also requested a Celebration of Life and Memorial Mass for family and friends in Las Vegas, NV which will be at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 10am.   Lisa’s desire was that her remains be cremated and her ashes placed in the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation in Lisa’s name be made to the American Cancer Society.  Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com.  Lisa was blessed to be surrounded by family and friends who loved her and she will be deeply missed.  

 Service Information

Viewing
Thursday
September 7, 2017

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Daniels Family Funeral Services - Wyoming Blvd. Chapel
7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Rosary
Friday
September 8, 2017

10:15 AM
St. John's XXIII Catholic Community
4831 Tram Ridge Dr. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111

Funeral Mass
Friday
September 8, 2017

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
St. John's XXIII Catholic Community
4831 Tram Ridge Dr. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111


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