In memory of
Irene H. Baran
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In memory of
Irene H. Baran
Irene H. Baran, 92, widow of Walter A. Baran and a resident of Providence Place, Pottsville, died Saturday at her residence. Born in Mount Carmel, she was a daughter of the late George and Edna Saukaitis. She attended local schools, graduating from Mount Carmel High School in 1941. During World War II, she worked in the secretarial pool of the U.S. Department of Treasury, in Washington, D.C. Upon returning home after the war she was employed in the office of the Mount Carmel Dress Factory, where she met Wally Baran, the love of her life. They married in June 1949. Irene and Wally celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary in June 2016, and Wally passed away suddenly about five weeks later. Irene was a wonderful wife, mother, and homemaker. She was a gracious hostess and organizer of many parties and social events held at their home in Frackville. She often joked that Wally's contribution to these affairs was saying "Irene, let's have a party," and she was responsible for the other "half" of the project. She was a devout member of St. Ann's Church, Frackville, where she was a member of St. Ann's Guild and for many years was a loyal participant in making pierogies as a fundraiser for the church. She was president of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary during the years that Wally served as Grand Knight. Irene and Wally were accomplished world travelers. In addition to making many trips to Poland to visit relatives, they traveled extensively throughout Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, China, Australia, Japan and Central and South America. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Joseph W. Baran, in 2011, and siblings, Edward Saukaitis, Joseph Saukaitis and Sister Mary Dorothy. She is survived by her son, Anthony and his wife, Sandy; daughter-in-law, Marie Baran; grandchildren, Amy Band, Stacy Curran, Bridget Baran, Joshua Baran, Matthew Baran and John Baran; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ann Heiser and Sister Mary Pulcheria; nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Ann's R.C. Church, North Line Street, Frackville. A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the start of Mass on Friday at St. Ann's R.C. Church. Interment will be at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Memorials may be sent to St. Ann's Church, c/o St. Joseph Parish, 7 South Broad Mountain Avenue, Frackville, PA 17921, or to the Sister Mary Pulcheria Saukaitis Scholarship Fund, c/o Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 1504 Woodcrest Avenue, Coraopolis, PA 15108. Albert L. Gricoski Funeral Home, Frackville, is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at republicanherald.com
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