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John W. “Johnny” Baranski Jr.
May 1, 1948 – January 24, 2018

Vancouver, WA - JOHNNY BARANSKI, age 69, died Wednesday January 24 of COPD after a short hospital stay. He was surrounded by his loving children. He was the son of the late John and Marie Baranski of Cook County, Illinois.

A poet of haiku for over forty years, Mr. Baranski 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, Mr. Baranski served the poor as a member of the Catholic Worker Community in Portland, Oregon for many years. Last residing in Vancouver, Washington Mr. Baranski was a parishioner at St. James Proto-Cathedral.

He was an active member of the Haiku Society of America, Haiku Canada, and the Portland Haiku Group. Mr. Baranski was a reliable contributor to online haiku communities and posted on Twitter as @haikumonk. He was also well-known for his love of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, and his interest and ability to identify classic cars no matter what condition they were in.

Mr. Baranski is survived by his sister Gail Baranski; his children Margo Williams (Byron), Amy Baranski (Bob), and Michael Baranski (Chelsea); their mother Grace Jewett; and his loving grandchildren Ty, Caleb, and Japhy.

Committal will be on Saturday, February 10, 10:00am at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Stayton, Oregon. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 3:30pm at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey, 9200 NE Abbey Road, Carlton, Oregon.

Donations can be sent to the Haiku Society of America, Catholic Worker, or Ground Zero Center for Nonviolence. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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