Harriett H. Baut, 88, of Pringle passed away Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in the Hospice Community Care Inpatient Unit, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
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Born in Wyoming, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Helen Zavacki Zekoski.
Harriett was a graduate of Wyoming High School and Wilkes-Barre Business College.
Along with her late husband, Eugene, they owned and operated Baut Studios, a stained glass and ecclesiastical business. Harriett continued overseeing the business including the day she was stricken ill.
She was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish, Kingston, and previously, St. Hedwig Church. Harriett developed and ran the CCD program for special needs children at the former St. Hedwig Church, Kingston, for more than 30 years.
She was a former member of the West Side Junior Women's Club, the Catholic Fine Arts Society, and founding member of the Luzerne County ARC program for special needs children. Harriett and Gene were instrumental in the adoption of state law for the Right to Educate Special Needs Children. Harriett was also a Friend of the Oblates of St. Joseph, and a longtime supporter of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Because of her extensive travels with her husband, many friendships developed along the way. Harriett was honored to have met Pope John Paul II on three separate occasions and presented Pope John Paul II a bronze sculpture in the Basilica of St. Peter's, Vatican City, in a special audience in 1996. Harriett enjoyed the friendship of many, from her family, employees and "special friends," to the late Archbishop Domenico DeLuca, bishop and papal nuncio, Rabat, Morocco, and the late former Surgeon General C. Everett Coop, who all shared a big place in her heart.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Eugene Robert Baut, in 1988; and son, Eugene, in 1975; as well as brothers, Casimir, Edmond and Francis.
Surviving are her children, Gerhard F. and his companion, Tamara Brieling, Kingston Township; Karen Louise Klemm and her husband, Jeffrey, Dallas; Heide Marie Cebrick and her husband, David, Franklin Township; and Conrad D. and his wife, Susan, Shavertown; 11 grandchildren, Jacob Baut, Clarissa Stetson, Laura Baut, Elyse and Luisa Klemm, Adrienne Zulkoski, Grant Cebrick, Emily, Henry, Peter and James Baut; one great-grandchild, Sunny Baut; brothers, Joseph and Clem Zekoski, both of Wyoming; and Carl Zekoski, Harding; sister, Josephine Hiemer, Polk City, Fla.; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 8:45 a.m. Saturday from Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopzca Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius Loyola Parish, 339 Maple Ave., Kingston.
Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation, Lockbox 1352, P.O. Box 8500, Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352; The Salvation Army, 214 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston, PA 18643; or St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, 39 E. Jackson St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home
504 Wyoming Avenue Wyoming, PA 18644
Published in Citizens' Voice on Oct. 31, 2013