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Regina Ruth Baran


Regina Ruth Baran, 83, of Wilkes-Barre, died on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital, Wilkes-Barre. She was born in Wilkes-Barre on June 11, 1936 and was the daughter of the late William and Anna (Volingavage) Baltuskonis.

Jean was a graduate of Coughlin High School and Wilkes College of Business. She worked for Krispy Kreme Donut and worked for many years for Balester Optical, Wilkes-Barre. She retired in 2001 from Harland-Clarke, Inc.

Jean was active with her Coughlin High School Reunion Committee and her Friday Morning Book Club at her daughter Sherri’s salon. She enjoyed exchanging books and discussing what was read with her friends.

Jean was a loving mother, wife, amazing grandmother, sister and friend and she will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

We are so proud and humbled to say she put her children and grandchildren above all as a priority and made them the center of her world. We are very comforted in knowing that she is now reunited with our dad, John, the love of her life.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, John Baran, who died in January of 2003.

She is survived by her children, Keith and his wife Mary of Dupont, Jeff and his fiancé Debbie of Bear Creek, Eileen Mclaughlin and her husband Jim of the Village of Westminster, Sherri Baran of Nanticoke, and Stacy Mullen and her husband Patrick of the Village of Westminster. Also surviving is her brother, William Baltuskonis and his wife Dolores of Florida; her grandchildren, Justin and Tyler Baran, Kyle and Summer McLaughlin, T.J. Layaou and Nevaeh Baran, and Poppy and Veda Mullen as well as many nieces and nephews.

Celebration of life services will be held on Wednesday evening, December 18th at 5:45pm at Kiesinger Funeral Services, Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea with Fr. Jim Paisley of St. Theresa’s Parish Church, Shavertown officiating. Friends may call for visitation on Wednesday evening from 5pm-7pm. Interment will be privately held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Carverton, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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