Rita Maria Baranski, age 88, of Alpena, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Medilodge of Alpena.
On October 8, 1931, Rita was born to the late Howard and Mildred (Wolschon) Sheer in Detroit, Michigan. She married Francis J. Baranski on October 17, 1953; together they were blessed with eight children. In Rita's spare time for caring for her children, she enjoyed being a Girl Scout Leader, Cake Baking, and Gardening. She was a loving, caring mother, grandmother, great grandmother, god mother, aunt and friend.
She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Francis; their eight children: Mary Locke of Maryville, TN; Daniel (Alice) Baranski of Troy, MI; Betsy (Zed) Daniels of Cocoa, FL; Jeanette (Don) Whayne of West Bloomfield, MI; Matthew Baranski of Maryville, TN; Francis (Megan) Baranski Jr. of Warren, MI; Edward Baranski of Tucson, AZ; Michael Baranski of Alpena, MI; twelve grandchildren: Jennifer Kuzinski, Bryan and Danielle Baranski, Derek and Andrew Miller, Melanie Merriman, Michael and Christopher Whayne, Patrick, Thomas, Ann and Nicholas Baranski; twelve great-grandchildren: Arianna and Audrey Baranski, Nadine, Cassidy, and Brewer Kuzinski, Seth Earle, David and Abby Weatherford, Isabella, Ethan, Savannah and Emma Baranski; four brothers: Howard (Helen) Sheer of West Bloomfield, MI; Edward (Hsiah) Sheer of Escondido, CA; Paul Sheer of West Bloomfield, MI; and Donald (Rhonda) Sheer of Rochester Hills, MI; two sisters: Mildred (John) Lachjewski of Joliet, IL and Elaine Jones of Peachtree City, GA; along with several nieces and nephews.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Mildred (Wolschon) Sheer, Joseph Jones, Marilyn Scheer, and Melanie Merriman.
Arrangements were handled through the Karpus-Hunter Funeral Home. A Private Family Graveside Committal was held at the Presque Isle Cemetery.
Interment: Presque Isle Cemetery in Presque Isle, Michigan.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Rita Baranski.