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Johanna (Baranowski) Barrett was born March 14, 1927, in Austin County. The daughter of John and Juliana (Kaliszewski) Baranowski, she grew up and attended school in Buckhorn.

Johanna married Halbert Barrett on Feb. 6, 1946, in Bellville.  Together Johanna and Halbert raised four children, while farming and ranching.

They made their home in Bellville where they were members of the Bellville United Methodist Church. Johanna had been employed at the Brenham State School and retired after 18 years of dedicated service. Halbert preceded Johanna in death Sept. 11, 1986. After his death, she continued working the family farm for 20 years.

She was an avid reader, enjoyed attending her church, and spending time with family and friends.  The highlight of her later years was traveling to Europe with her daughter and son-in-law and several of her friends.

Johanna was a beautiful lady, and everyone that met her always admired her youthful spirit and style. Whether she was known to you as “Mama”, “Mother”, “Grandma”, “JoJo”, aunt or friend, her special laugh and tender touch left you feeling blessed by her company.  She will be dearly missed by all those whose lives she touched.

She passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, in an Austin hospital at the age of 81. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Carol and Fred Brandt, and Betty and B.Y. Boeker, all of Brenham; and her son  Michael Barrett of Katy. Also surviving are her grandchildren Gregory Kenjura, Angele Caloudas, Aimee Morris, John Barrett, Sarah Barrett, Jason Barrett, Kim Phillips, Charlotte Dailey and Luanne Rybarski; 14 great grandchildren; 1 great-great granddaughter; sister Rose Reisner; brother  Edward Baranowski and his wife, Martha; and many other dear friends and relatives.  Johanna was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Halbert, her son, Robbie Barrett, her great granddaughter, Angel Barrett, five brothers and four sisters.

 Visitation was 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2 at Schmidt Funeral Home .

Funeral Service was 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, 2008 at Bellville United Methodist Churchwith Pastor Robert Stutes, officiating

Interment was in Oak Knoll Cemetery in Bellville.

Serving as pallbearers were David Baranowski, Paul Baranowski, Charles Fitt, Tim Baranowski, Constantine Caloudas, Mike Morris, Kevin Hines, Melvin Baranowski, Travis Vlasek,   and Edwin Baranowski

In lieu of usual remembrances, friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the: Bellville United Methodist Church, 234 South Masonic, Bellville, Texas 77418,  or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15186,  Austin, Texas 78761

 Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.

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