James J Baranski

1946-10-05 - 2020-05-30

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home 1182 Main Street Crete IL (Map-it)


Service Date: 0000-00-00

Service Time:

Cemetery: Skyline Memorial Park 248 S Governors Highway, Monee, Illinois (Map-it)

Info: 708-672-7600

Web: https://www.cretefuneralhome.com/ (Go)

James Baranski age 73, lifetime resident of Crete, Illinois.  Loving husband of Jeanne (nee Maulin) and 1st wife late Barbara (Painter) 2004.  Beloved father to Joe (Shiela) Baranski, Jeff Baranski, Brian (Lisa) Baranski and Julie Baranski.   Cherished grandfather to 10.  Beautiful brother to Dennis Baranski.  Jim graduated from Crete Monee High School and Northern Illinois University.  Jim retired after 37 years as a teacher with the Crete School District.  Jim loved writing sports articles for the Southtown Star, The Vedette (Crete Monitor), was a Certified Umpire, and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and a fan of all sports.  Donations can be made to South Suburban Human Society, Chicago Heights or the Crete Food Pantry.

Due to the current circumstance and restrictions caused by Covid-19 we ask that you please follow the states guidelines where masks/ face coverings and distancing are concerned. On behalf of the family and the funeral home staff, we would like to thank you for your cooperation.

Visitation Thursday, June 4th, from 3PM until 7PM at the Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois. Funeral service the funeral home on Friday at 10AM.  Entombment: Skyline Memorial Park, Monee, Illinois. Info: (708) 672-7600.   cretefuneralhome.com



  1. Herbert F Priebe on June 1, 2020 at 2:37 pm
    May Almighty God’s Perpetual Light shine upon Jim forever.
    I am so glad that we had the wonderful times together.
    Jim’s wit will forever be cherished in our hearts and memories!
    In prayer and love Karen and Herb Priebe

  2. Tom Cappel (Coach Hillcrest/Crete) on June 1, 2020 at 9:20 pm
    I have known Jim for many years in a reporter/ coach relationship. He was always professional and fair in his reporting. I, for one, enjoyed his wit and upbeat views of athletics and frequently his comments made a coach realize the game of basketball was just that a “game” – win or lose. The world of high school athletics has lost a gentle giant. Rest in peace Jim!

  3. Becky and Kevin Brown on June 2, 2020 at 7:18 pm
    Jim was a fair and honest sports reporter and a friend. His wry wit was famous, and his reporting was always spot on. I enjoyed discussing sports in general and my teams’ games in particular with Jim. His family, friends and south suburban sports have lost one of a kind. Sharing in your grief as we celebrate the life of this remarkable man.

  4. Chris Breach on June 2, 2020 at 11:11 pm
    I didn’t know Jim well, but we were colleagues covering sports events on several occasions. He was always willing to help other sportswriters where he could, and he enjoyed ribbing me sometimes — all in fun of course. I’m glad to know that he was big family man, and may your his extended family. Peace.

  5. Chris Breach on June 2, 2020 at 11:14 pm
    My last line should be:
    I’m glad to know that he was big family man, and may God bless your extended family. Peace.

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