Dolores (Papula) Baca

Dolores T. (Papula) Baca, 88, of Spring Hill, FL, peacefully passed into her eternal rest, 5:45am Thursday, January 30, 2020. She was born on March 22, 1931, to Peter and Agnes (Pacejka) Papula (both deceased), of Beacon, NY. Delivered by her Grandmother Francesca Papula, the Midwife of Beacon. Where she grew up and met the man, a neighbor, who she would eventually wed in 1951 and spend 62 amazing years with. She was number four, the only daughter, with seven brothers. Working at the young age of 13, she cared for Rosemary Kennedy, after her lobotomy. So appreciative was Rose Kennedy (Mother to JFK), she gifted a beautiful Blessed Mother statue to Dolores at age 14, which presently sits in Dolores’ bedroom. Many years as a seamstress in a few of Beacon’s factories, made her an amazing seamstress, who later became a beautician. This multi talented and amazing women, touched the heart of so many, family, friends and acquaintances alike. Most that knew her loved her.

She was preceded by her parents Peter and Agnes, her Loving Husband John J. Baca, Sr., five of her seven brothers (and their wives); Joseph (Martha), Peter(“Beanie” Frances), Martian (Elaine (alive)), Rudolph (Josephine) and John Papula.

She leaves behind, her only begotten son, John J. Baca, Jr., her two granddaughters, Kira J. and Leah N. Baca, her daughter-in-law, Suzanne Baca, her two remaining brothers, Lawrence “Gung” (Cathy) and William “Bill”(Trish (deceased) Papula and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and one life long friend, Marlene “Peggy” (Meyers) Miller.

Her Family & Friends will gather on Thursday, February 6th from 2-4 & 7-9pm at the LIBBY FUNERAL HOME, 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 10am, Friday, February 7th at St. Joachim Church, 51 Leonard St., Beacon, followed by interment at St. Joachim Cemetery, 325 Washington Avenue, Beacon. To offer a message of condolence or share a fond memory, please visit:

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  1. Geralda says:

    My deepest condolences and prayers to John, Kira, Leah & family. May the many memories of Dolores comfort you during this difficult time.

  2. Terry St Laurent says:

    I will always remember my visits to your home, going to restaurants then back to the house for drinks , dessert’s , conversation and laughter. I will miss you, RIP , God Bless You

  3. Gerry Baca Anzalone says:

    Here is a treasured memory I have of my aunt Deloris. One that I have taken out quite often over the years to examine, because it is part of my wonderful hoopla childhood…
    In the 60’s, when I was a kid, Aunt Deloris was the someone I always wanted to ‘be as good as…’ I wanted to be able to throw or hit a hard ball out of the park, have stamina to run like a deer, challenge the boys and beat them, know everything about herbs and plants, see others for who they were at a glance, and be loved by whomever knew me. I found these attributes exceptional in my Aunt. But her smile-her smile was always the biggest and the best!
    Now, in the 60’s most mothers were different—in many ways it was a period of conformity with traditional gender roles that complied with society’s expectations—like ‘Donna Reed.’ However, Aunt Deloris was never in that perceived set mold by any means. Her dichotomy always captivated my interest. Whatever the guys could do—she would out do. Yet, she was so tall and pretty, could sew better than the mice in Cinderella, do “girly bouffanty” hair, AND with a little material, and thread, turn her son from mild mannered John Baca Jr, into “Superman!” (I Loved the transition!)
    And no matter how much (her son) Johnny and I would rough house—either he would hit his head (again) with his nunchucks that his dad made, or I would rip open my scabby knees (again), she’d take care of the situation, so we could get right back out there and do it again….
    So many accomplishments, but always for her family….
    Aunt Deloris, I still hear your laughter, and see your big smile—thank you for being my Aunt. I could NEVER forget you…

    All My Love,
    Gerry Baca Anzalone

  4. Kimberley Bradley-Lennon says:

    I am so sorry, but I know your mom in heaven with the love of her life. You gave your Dear Mother an amazing gift. You were able to care for her as she cared for you so many years ago. Being able to care for those we love, although difficult is a privilege. You are an amazing son. Cherish your beautiful memories. I wish you peace my friend xxo

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