Name: Carl Baranski
Born: June 18, 1926
Died: May 14, 2019 (92)
SMC Member: May 14, 2019 (92)
Carl was born in Detroit to Charles and Celia Baranski. Carl lived through the tumult of the Great Depression and World War II. As a young man, he spent summers working on his grandparents’ farm in Kinde with his cousins. The days of hard work in the fields with his cousins and lake outings became treasured memories. He often returned to the area in the summers for family reunions and vacations.
After high school, Carl was drafted into the Army, and fought in the Philippines and served as an MP in the occupation of Japan. Back in Detroit, he became an apprentice plumber with his father and later was joined by his brothers in the trade (and later his children, Donna and Tom, and several nephews). He remained a proud member of Plumbers Local 98 throughout his life.
As a young apprentice without the means to buy a truck, he often rode the streetcars downtown with his pipe and tools. His intelligence, mechanical skills and hard work took him from installing pipe in the field to managing the bidding office and eventually his own business. He was respected for his fairness and integrity. He was proud to say that as a union contractor, his employees could send their children to college. His final project before retirement was working as a consultant on the new Waterworks Park in Detroit.
When he returned from the war, he became reacquainted with Dolores Zanger. They married and remained together until she passed in 2014.
Carl enjoyed golfing, bowling, boating, bicycling, kayaking, bread baking and woodworking. He remained fit and active into his 90s. He and Dolores enjoyed traveling with many special friends and relatives throughout his life.
He was a member of the Detroit Yacht Club and Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club. His kindness and charm were combined with fierce loyalty, integrity and humility.
Carl is survived by his children, Lawrence (Maureen), Thomas (Missy), David (Allison) and Donna Curran (the late Robert); grandson, Phillip (Anna) and brother, Richard Baranski. He was predeceased by his wife, Dolores; sister, Catherine Nowak and brother, Frank Baranski.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church.
Donations may be made to The Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliot, Detroit, MI 48207.