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
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
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.