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George A. Baran, 86 of Whiting, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago. George was the beloved only child of late Whiting, Indiana funeral directors, George F. and Irene J. (Gabor) Baran. He is survived by several cousins; his longtime business partner and caregiver, Martin Dybel; current and former staff members of Baran Funeral Home, longtime friends and his cherished feline companion, “Bella”.
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 9, 2023 at 9:30am at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting; a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting with the Rev. Mark R. Peres, C.PP.S., officiating; interment, St. John Cemetery, Hammond; visitation at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 to 7:00pm. The St. John Rosary Society, together with members of the parish will offer prayers at the funeral home on Sunday at 4:00pm. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on-line at www.baranfh.com.
George Baran was born on August 19, 1937 and was a lifelong resident of Whiting. He was a graduate of Whiting High School, Class of 1955 and attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Chicago. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting and was made an honorary member of the St. John Rosary Society on his 80th birthday. He was also a member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 81, the Slovak Catholic Sokol, Wreath 111, the Catholic Order of Foresters, Court 1325 and the St. Joseph Society of the Calumet College of St. Joseph.. He was the third generation owner of Baran Funeral Home, Whiting, serving as president and treasurer of Baran & Son, Inc. A proud Whitingite and proud of his Slovak Heritage, George gave generously to many civic, fraternal and religious organizations for decades. He loved to watch game shows, the Chicago Bulls and was a great animal lover. George was his own man of strong convictions. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Second Chance for Pets Network or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1849 Lincoln Avenue, Whiting, Indiana 46394, would be appreciated.