Mr. William Raymond Baranski, age 78, of Mears, Michigan, and formerly of Clare, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014.
He was born September 11, 1935, in Detroit, Michigan, to Roman and Evelyn (Dettloff) Baranski. He served in the Army during the Korean War from 1954 to 1956. William married Monica Wierzbicki on May 9, 1959, in Detroit; they were married 55 years. Bill was Vice-President of mortgage banks and mortgage companies.
He also owned and operated The Whitehouse Restaurant in Clare, Michigan, for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 2003.
He was a member of St. Gregory Catholic Church, where he served as Parish Council Member and was an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2199 in Hart.
He helped found the Clare Irish Festival and was honored to serve as Grand Marshal of the parade in 1996.
Bill was known for his great sense of humor and as an avid reader of history, especially war history, and of mysteries. He enjoyed life here in the Lake Michigan/Mears area.
William is survived by his wife, Monica Baranski; three children, Cheryl (Mark) Wilde of Woodway, Texas, Judy (James) Williams of Harrison, Michigan, and William J. (Sharon) Baranski of Marshall, Michigan; five grandchildren, René, Blair, Taylor Ann, William C., and Evan; one sister, Carol Stang of Lancaster, Nevada; one brother-in-law, Reginald (Helen) Wierzbicki of Stanton, Michigan; eight nieces; many cousins; and a grand-dog, Bruno. He was preceded in death by his parents.
The Mass of The Resurrection for Mr. Baranski will be offered Friday, June 20, 2014, at 12:00 noon at St. Gregory Catholic Church with Father Thomas Bolster presiding.
Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Midland, Michigan. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
To share a memory with the family or sign the online register book, please visit www.kingfuneralhome.net.