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John Michael Baratta, age 58, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. John was born on May 8, 1953 in Omaha, Nebraska, to John and Helen Baratta. He spent 2 years in college and worked as an Optician. He is survived by his wife, Holly Becker-Baratta, whom he married September 2nd, 1990.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Michigan Cremation Company, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Jodi Muilenberg on May 14, 2011 at 9:26 am

    My dearest Friends Holly, Delaney and Family:
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband/father. My heart breaks for all of you. Please be assured of my thoughts and prayers for you.
    With much love and sympathy.
    Jodi Muilenberg

  2. Amanda Foster on May 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

    It’s a tough loss for everyone. He was such a good person. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Wish we could be there. Hugs and Kisses to all of you!

    Much Love,
    Matt and Amanda

  3. Heather Salisbury-Mayfield on May 17, 2011 at 10:39 am

    John & I worked together for a number of years at RX Optical and from the first day I met John I knew I was in for a treat! I may not have known it back then (I was 21) but he taught me about marriage & family and the and love that could be had between two people. John loved Holly with everything he had, and his family came first. I never had the privilege to meet his children but he spoke so fondly of all of them. That is the first thing I think of when I think of John. The second… LAUGHTER!! I laughed everyday we worked together. The stories I could tell (LOL) and the lessens I learned will be cherished forever. You are so missed John but you will be remembered forever. It’s time for you to be taken care of now. Sincere condolences to all of John’s family. Sincerely, Heather Mayfield

  4. Joe and Olivia Robinson on May 17, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    John was one in a million thats for sure! John could always make me laugh no matter how mad I was! John taught me alot about family and love! When he spoke of his wife and kids he would light up! Such a great man taken way to early. Rest In Peace John and know that its 6 o’clock somewhere!(lol)Our thoughts and prayers are with you Holly,Laney,Marney,
    Tony and Joe.

  5. Amy Daniels on May 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I always had fun working with John! He touched so many people with his fun outgoing humorous personality! He will be missed by many!!

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