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Nellie (Nell) Grace Baranski, age 85, died March 8, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona. She was born March 12, 1928 to Robert and Myrtle Russell in Rankin, Illinois. She moved to Vassar, Michigan in 1933 and graduated from Vassar High School in 1946. That summer, she married Leonard Baranski. They moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1973. She was a member of the Mesa Palms Seventh Day Adventist Church of Mesa. She is survived by her four children: Tom and Bonnie Baranski, with two sons of Aurora, Colorado; John and Kim Baranski, with six children, of Japan; Kathy and Ken Moore of Mesa, Arizona, and Kris Cook, with one son, Nolen, of Scottsdale, Arizona. Also, one brother, Ray and Catherine Russell of Vassar, Michigan; sister Betty and Wayne Bauers of Ontario, Oregon; and sister-in-law Margaret Russell of Vassar, Michigan. Also, she has been blessed with nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews along with many caring and loving friends. Preceding her in death were her husband, Leonard, brother Bob Russell of Vassar, Michigan, sister Fran Nixon and husband Harry of Vassar, Michigan and sister Jane Taylor and husband Al of Apollo Beach, Florida.Funeral services will be on Friday March 14, 2014 10 o'clock in the morning at Mariposa Garden Chapel; Entombment to follow at Mariposa gardens. The family will receive friends one hour before the memorial service.Memorial donations may be made to the Mesa Palms Church or
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 12, 2014