Joseph W. Baranauskas, 83, of Waterbury passed away peacefully while surrounded by the love of his family on Easter morning, April 9, 2023, at Waterbury Hospital. Joe was born June 17, 1939 in Waterbury, a son of the late Joseph S. and Estelle (Behr) Baranauskas.
Joe proudly served his country in the US Navy and had been stationed aboard the USS Decatur. After his honorable discharge he settled in Waterbury and perfected his skill as a centerless grinder. He raised his four treasured daughters and was very proud of the women they became. He loved watching football, playing Black Jack and the Lottery, going to the casinos and watching horse racing. He was an old Western movie buff, particularly Gunsmoke. Joe enjoyed listening to all music; jazz was his favorite.
Family was the center of Joe’s life. Always meticulously well groomed and ready for a good meal, Joe truly enjoyed his family dinners at favorite restaurants. Joe’s grandchildren were the light of his life. He enjoyed every minute with them. After all the major health hurdles Joe overcame with tenacity and strength, he ultimately went to heaven on the day set aside for commemorating Jesus resurrection. As his daughter said his family hopes he is enjoying his days in heaven.
Left to honor his love and memory are his daughters: Cheryl Baranauskas of Ma., Jodi Baranauskas of Meriden, Kari Baranauskas of Waterbury and Staci Petracca and her husband Luca of Prospect. He also leaves his adored grandchildren: Jessica and her husband Seamus McCasland, Jacqueline, Brookelynn, Karleena, Giana and Luca Petracca and Alexis Bernhardt and Devyn Baranauskas as well as great-grandchildren Fordham and Navy McCasland. Joe is survived by his sisters Patricia Hotham and Joanne Auteri and his brother David Baranauskas and his loving companion Janet Ayotte as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Joe is predeceased by his brother Robert Baranauskas .
All services are private and at the convenience of the family. Prospect Memorial/ The Palmerie Family Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Baranauskas family during this difficult time. Sharing memories, photos and stories can be a tremendous comfort to grieving families. You are invited to share your love and memories on Joe’s Tribute Wall at www.prospectmemorial.com
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