Dominic J. Baracani
age 96 of Highwood, Illinois passed away peacefully at home on August 1, 2019. He was born August 13, 1922 in Mark, Illinois to the union of Aldolfo and Maria Pia Ermelinda (Baruffi) Baracani. At the age of four the family moved from their farm in Mark to Highwood.
A graduate of Highland Park High School, class of 1942 he entered the Army that same year. In 1943 he volunteered for a “dangerous and hazardous” secret mission that became known as the “Merrill’s Marauders” who in 1944 fought behind enemy lines in Burma for four months. Honorably discharged in November of 1945 receiving a Bronze Star and Presidential Citation for his service. On February 27, 1946 he married his beloved Anna Margaret “Midge” Pasquesi at St. James Church, Highwood. He attended Illinois State University on the GI bill. For 28 years Dominic was a civil service auditor for the U.S. Army and Navy while running his accounting, tax services, real estate and insurance business for over 50 years.
He was a faithful member of St. James Church, Highwood and a lifelong member serving as treasurer of both the Highwood VFW and the Highwood American Legion.
Beloved husband of the late Anna Margaret “Midge”. Loving father of Brian (Jacquie), Bob (late Roseann), Baron and Brad (Beth) Baracani. Fond grandfather of Brian Jr., Alexa, Mario, Nicholas, Allie and Max, great grandfather of Hannah, Caleb and Szivah. Dear brother of the late Marie (late Sam) Bernardi, late August (late Florence), late Louise (late Franklin) Houser, late Ellen (late Jobie) Eiserman and the late Adolpho V. “Bum” (late Marge) Baracani. Cherished uncle to many.
Memorial visitation Monday, August 12, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Seguin & Symonds Funeral Home, 858 Sheridan Road, Highwood. Friends will gather on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 (Dominic’s 97th birthday) at St. James Church, 134 North Avenue, Highwood, to celebrate a funeral mass at 10:00 A.M. Rev. DeAndre Beltran, celebrant. Inurnment with military honors will follow at Ascension Cemetery, 1920 Buckley Road, Libertyville. For more information please call the funeral home at 847-432-3878.
Dominic J. Baracani