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Ann L. (Kosinski) Baginski

March 23, 1926 ~ March 12, 2022 (age 95)

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Ann L. (Kosinski) Baginski

March 23, 1926 – March 12, 2022

Formerly of Brookline, Arlington, and Bethel Park. Heaven opened its gates to Ann on March 12 at the age of 95 after a brief illness.

Ann was born to the late Paul and Sophia Kosinski on March 23, 1926. She was a loving mother and homemaker, always putting her children first. She taught them to be kind and respectful and to excel in school. She enjoyed taking her children to downtown Pittsburgh on the streetcar to see the city and have lunch at the Brass Rail. Ann was a remarkable cook and had a passion for baking and sewing. She enjoyed walking outdoors, meeting people, and shopping. Ann was friendly, kind, and vivacious, easily chatting with everyone. Ann always made family and friends feel at home, whether on special occasions or just visiting. She was a cordial hostess, providing coffee and donuts to the guys visiting to watch the Sunday morning pigeon races in the summertime. Ann’s favorite recreation was tennis. She loved Pomeranians, especially her favorite dog, Robbie.  She rarely missed an episode of Judge Judy and found both the legal system and Judge Judy’s straight-talk personality fascinating.

In fact, Ann always had an interest in government. She helped organize the Arlington Civic Council. She also attended numerous political science classes at the University of Pittsburgh to learn more about the interworking of government. She was proud of helping former mayor, Mayor Richard Caliguiri with his campaign. Ann was especially proud of her volunteer work, which included the Arlington Meals on Wheels and the Red Cross at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center in Oakland. For 8 years, Ann was also a CCD teacher for special needs children at her church, St. John the Evangelist on the South Side.

Ann was predeceased by her parents; her loving son, John Baginski, Esq.; her precious daughter, Donna (Baginski) O’Lear; her siblings, Henry, Tony, Ray, and Helen Malinowski; her nephews, J. Gary Kosinski, Sr. and Bro. David Baginski, F.S.C.; and her former husband, Bernard Baginski.  She is survived by her devoted son Rick and his wife, Dianne, and daughter-in-law Jane Baginski. Forever loved by grandchildren: Julia Baginski, Jason (Amy) Donati, and Carl (Amber) Donati, Jr., and great-grandchildren: Valentina and Vincenza Donati, Salvatore and Rocco Donati, and Max Mayo. Fondly missed by nephews and nieces: Edward (Naoko) Malinowski; Sandra (David) Wells; Jay (Joyce) Kosinski; Marcy Baird; Helen Baginski; and Tom (Patty) Baginski, and great-nieces and great-nephews: Adam and Sophia (Malinowski); Katie, Allie and Liz (Wells); Michelle, Michael and Kelly (Baird); and Geyer, Gary, Jr., and Kristen (Kosinski).

Heartfelt thanks to Sister Cecelia Marie and Ann’s friends at Saint Thomas More Manor in Bethel Park for the last 33 years. Forever grateful to Dr. Michael McGonigal and his staff.  A special gratitude to the staff at ProMedica Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bethel Park.

There will be no viewing. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Saint Thomas More Church on Saturday, March 26 at10:00 a.m. Arrangements by Ball Funeral Chapel, Inc.

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