Johnny Baranski

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JOHNNY WAYNE BARANSKI
May 1, 1948 ~ January 24, 2018

Johnny W. Baranski, age 69, died Jan. 24th of COPD after a short hospital stay. He was surrounded by his loving children.
A poet of haiku for over 40 years, Johnny published eight books to date; his work has also appeared in many dozens of journals and websites around the world. Many of his poems were written while serving time in prison for acts of conscience including nonviolent resistance to war and the Trident nuclear weapon system.
He lived his life with humility, friendship, and love in service of the Gospel of Christ. A devout Catholic, Johnny served the poor for many years as a member of the Catholic Worker Community in Portland.
Born in Chicago, IL, Johnny moved to Portland in the early 1970s after graduating with an English degree from Loyola University. Last residing in Vancouver, WA Johnny was a parishioner at St. James Proto-Cathedral. He was also an active member of the Haiku Society of America, Haiku Canada, and the Portland Haiku Group. Johnny was well-known for his love of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Blackhawks and his interest and ability to identify classic cars no matter what condition they were in.
Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marie Baranski of Cook County, IL.
He is survived by his sister, Gail Baranski; his children, Margo Williams (Byron), Amy Baranski (Bob) and Michael Baranski (Chelsea); their mother, Grace Jewett; and three grandsons, Ty, Caleb and Japhy.
Memorial Mass is Sat., Feb. 10th at 3:30 p.m. at the Trappist Abbey, 9200 NE Abbey Road, Carlton, OR. Committal will be earlier that day at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Stayton, OR.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Feb. 4, 2018