Peter Baranowski, 81, of Southern Shores, NC, died Tuesday, (December 24, 2002) at the Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City, NC. He was born on May 21, 1921, in New Britain, the son of the late Joseph and Mary Ankuda Baranowski. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the European Theater as an officer in the 101st Airborne Division with combat air jumps into Normandy on D-Day and in Holland. Mr. Baranowski graduated from Central Connecticut Teachers College, and did graduate studies at Cornell and Columbia. He was fluent in Russian and joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1950. During his 29 year career as an operations officer specializing in Soviet/East European Affairs, he was stationed in Germany, Austria, Brazil, Kenya and The Netherlands. Since retiring in 1979, he and his wife, the late Gertrude Emma Wilhelm Baranowski resided in Southern Shores. He is survived by his daughters, Maria B. Brown of Wheaton, MD and Gale B. Rittberger of Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia; and niece, Mariellen B. O'Brien of Southern Shores; his siblings, Eugene Baranowski of Forrestville, Olga Fitzpatrick of New Britain, and Nina Denesevich of Bridgeport; and grandson, J. Patrick Brown of Wheaton, MD; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 4, 11:30 a.m., in All Saints Episcopal Church by The Rev. Ted Bishop. Burial will be held in Southern Shores Cemetery. Friends may join the family at Twiford's Funeral Home Friday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Fund, 400 Oberlin Road, Suite 208, Raleigh, NC 27605. Twiford's Colony Chapel Manteo is handling arrangements.
Published in Hartford Courant on Jan. 1, 2003.