BOSWELL — BARANIAK – Joseph S. “Skeets,” 89, Boswell, died Feb. 21, 2013, at In-Touch Hospice House, Somerset. Born Sept. 23, 1923, in Boswell, son of Edward and Mary (Nymick) Baraniak. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Paul R.; and sister, Kathryn B. Szewczyk. Survived by wife of 61 years, Catherine (Tasin); son, James R., married to Luray (Folton), Jennerstown; daughter, Linda M., married to John Hemberry, Jennerstown; grandchildren, Wesley Peterson, Mooresville, N.C.; and Tessa Peterson, Philadelphia; sister, Mary Jane, married to Gene Neal, Dayton, Ohio; brother, Edward S., Grand Prairie, Texas; sister-in-law, Emma Rizzo, Boswell; and brother-in-law, Louie Tasin, married to Pauline (Phillips), Baltimore, Md. A 1943 graduate of Boswell High School. A decorated U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he participated in Battle of Normandy and Battle of the Bulge. He also was a POW and a recipient of the Purple Heart. Retired employee of the former Crane Co., Somerset. Member of All Saints Catholic Parish, Boswell Post 461 American Legion for 67 years and Boswell Water Authority. He enjoyed auto racing, watching the Steelers and Pirates, playing the numbers, eating sweets and going to the tunnel with his son, Jim. Skeets was a very good handyman who knew a little about everything. He was a loving grandfather and hero to his grandchildren. The family would like to thank In-Touch Hospice for all their kindness and compassion. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at All Saints Catholic Church, Boswell, the Rev. Father Justin A. Ratajczak, OFM, Conv., celebrant. Committal, Mount Carmel Cemetery, Jennerstown, with military rites by Somerset County Honor Guard. Arrangements by Hoffman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Boswell. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joseph’s memory may be sent to In-Touch Hospice House, P.O. Box 1173, Somerset, Pa. 15501. To express condolences, make a donation or light a candle, visit HoffmanFuneralHomes.com.
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