Betty Jane Baran

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Betty Jane Baran, 79, of the Newtown section of Hanover Township, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 9, 1934, she was the daughter of the late David and Elizabeth Wilson Evans.

She attended Hanover Township Memorial High School and was previously employed by Prestige Shoe Co. and McCrory's Department Store, Wilkes-Barre.

She was a member of St. Clement/St. Peter Episcopal Church, the Newtown Fire Company Auxiliary and the the Newtown Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Baran Sr.; sisters, Catherine Sorber and Dorothy Loucks; and brother, Herbert Evans.

She is survived by her son, Joseph Baran Jr. and spouse, Anita Raniere, Pringle; daughter, Linda Ritts and her husband, James (Fred), Plains Township; grandchildren, Lisa, James, Britni and Joseph; great-grandson, Zachary; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., 689 Hazle Ave., Wilkes-Barre.

Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, or from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday.

For more information, visit the funeral home website at
Published in Citizens' Voice from Jan. 19 to Jan. 22, 2014
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