Carmela Barancyk was a loving and supportive mother to her three sons.
"She was a great mother and a great homemaker," son David Barancyk said. "She was also a great cook. She truly enjoyed being with her family and friends."
Barancyk, 84, of Crown Point, enjoyed family parties throughout the year, especially during the holidays, at Easter and birthday celebrations.
A devout Catholic, Barancyk was passionate about her family and her faith. "She was very loving, very giving, very supportive," David Barancyk said. "When we attempted to do things, she will tell us to go ahead and do it while we could. She was supportive of others. She never talked poorly about anyone."
Barancyk and her late husband George, to whom she was married 32 years, raised their family in a close-knit Glen Park neighborhood where she met her lifelong friend Mary Ann Caravana.
She met George in the early 1950s when they both worked at U.S. Steel.
"What we got from her is that we learned to be patient and tolerant," David Barancyk said. "That is a great tribute to her that she was able to pass it along to us. I and my brothers are successful people in the community and have done well for ourselves. I attribute that to her."
Barancyk loved her daughter-in-law Paula and David Barancyk said his wife was a great daughter-in-law to his mother.
Barancyk was an excellent baker and cook, her son said. She also enjoyed working crossword puzzles, reading, especially biographies, and watching classic movies. She was a huge Frank Sinatra fan, which she passed on to her younger son, and loved her pet Beagle Jennifer.
An active person, in her later years Barancyk enjoyed walking at the mall with a group of senior citizens.
David Barancyk said he misses his mom’s presence and talking to her in person or on the phone just discussing the everyday things about living and life.