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MICHAEL J. BARANSKI, ADVERTISING AGENCY OWNER

Michael J. Baranski, 48, of Orchard Park, an advertising executive and brother of actress Christine Baranski, died Monday (March 23, 1998) in Mercy Hospital.

Baranski owned and operated an agency that sold advertising in programs for Studio Arena Theatre, University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, Artpark, Kavinoky Theatre and various other Western New York arts organizations. He had been associated with Studio Arena since the early 1980s.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Cheektowaga. He was a graduate of St. Francis High School and Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.

He began his career as a car salesman and served on the board of directors of the local chapter of the Automobile Sales Managers and Associates.

He then became a marketing representative for Studio Arena and an administrative assistant for the Professional and Businessmen's Association of Western New York.

He was manager of the Broadway Market in the early 1980s and served as president and general manager of the Buffalo Broadway Market Merchants Corp.

He was a past president of the Polish Singing Circle and was a member of the Polish National Alliance. He also was a member of the boards of directors of the Theater District Association and Upstage New York.

His sister is the Emmy Award-winning co-star of the television series "Cybill."

Survivors also include his wife, the former Lorraine Leslie, and his mother, Virginia of Orchard Park.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, 5930 S. Abbott Road, Orchard Park, preceded at 9 by prayers in Pacer Funeral Home, 2275 George Urban Blvd., Depew. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg.

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