Phyllis (Filomena Egidi) BARANOWSKI

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BARANOWSKI Phyllis (Filomena Egidi) Phyllis (Filomena Egidi) Baranowski of Oregon, Ohio passed away in Arizona on March 30, 2012. She was born March 15, 1920, in Castro dei Volsci (Prov. Frosinone) Italy. She, her mother and brother came to the USA from Italy in 1932. In Toledo, they joined her father, Rocco, whom had immigrated in 1923 from Italy. Phyllis attended East Toledo schools, Birmingham and Waite, and then Davis Business College. She was a member of Holy Rosary Parish. Before marrying Clement Baranowski in 1941, she was employed as a legal secretary. During World War II, she worked at Autolite and Unitcast. For many years post WWII, Phyllis assisted Italian friends with translation and written communications with families abroad. She was a full-time homemaker. In 1966, she became the first Director of Volunteer Services at St. Charles Hospital and was asked later to also serve as Manager and Buyer for the hospital gift shop. As Director of Volunteer Services, Phyllis organized and trained volunteers for all areas of the hospital. Her special programs involved area high school youth who were trained to work with the nursing staff in patient care. Many followed a medical career as adults. New programs such as "Emergency Care Ombudsmen" and "Centralized Patient Transportation" were instituted throughout the hospital. In addition to youth and adult programs, Phyllis took responsibility of the "Youth-in-School" federally funded program to help youth from low income families in work training. Many of the young people became permanent employees of the hospital during and after graduation from high school. Area high schools participated in school outreach programs: Life Line, School Credit Programs, Mobile Meals, and Baby Sitter Training. Phyllis also mentored a number of newly hired Volunteer Service Directors from area hospitals. As life member of the St. Charles Hospital Auxiliary, Phyllis served as its President, held many other offices, and was on numerous committees. She was liaison between hospital administration and the auxiliary groups. She co-chaired early (1968-1970) Charity Ball events sponsored by the St. Charles Guilds, bringing big band leaders such as Vaughn Monroe and Tex Beneke to the Fun Spot Arena and Woodville Mall. Phyllis served on the Oregon Branch board of the former Mid Am Bank. At that time she was an active member of the Oregon Business Women's Association, American Hospital Association and American Society Director of Volunteer Services. She was also a life member of the American Legion Dunberger Post and Alba Club. After Phyllis retired in 1984 from St. Charles Hospital, she lived with her daughter and son-in-law in Oregon, OH. She took up golf and was active in leagues at the Ottawa, Detweiler, and Hidden Hills Golf Clubs. She traveled and enjoyed the winter seasons over the years with her son in Phoenix, AZ. She also loved reading mystery novels, cooking, and playing bingo. Her parents Rocco and Anna Egidi both died in 1975. Phyllis had been married 40 years when her husband, Clement; died in 1982. Her only brother, Vincent; also died in 1982, and her nephew, Vincent Egidi Jr.; died in 1992. Surviving are her daughter, Linda Baranowski-Smith (Clifford J. Smith), of Oregon, Ohio; son, C. Rocky (Butch) Baranowski of Phoenix, Arizona; sister-in-law, Josephine Egidi; nieces and nephews, as well as extended family in Italy. Surviving stepfamily include grandchildren, Kenneth (Debbie) Smith, Roxanne (Tom) Giolekas, Kristian (Cate) Smith, and Rebecca (Dan) Knorek and great-grandchildren, Taylor, Logan, Danny, and Andrew. Her special friends were Golden Retrievers Phred, Marcus, and Phreyja. Friends may call at the Hoeflinger-Bolander Funeral Home, 3500 Navarre Ave., Oregon, OH, Monday, April 9, 2012, from 2-8 p.m. Funeral services on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, will begin at 10:30 a.m. where she will lie instate at St. Ignatius Catholic Church followed by her Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Interment will be at North Oregon Cemetery, Oregon, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Phyllis Baranowski may be made to St. Ignatius Church, 212 N. Stadium Rd., Oregon, OH 43616, Golden Retriever Rescue Resource (GRRR), 26842 Tracy Rd, Walbridge, OH 43465, or Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth Street, Toledo, OH 43605-1701.

Published in Toledo Blade from Apr. 6 to Apr. 8, 2012
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