Eugene R. Brattoli, 84, of Elyria, died Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Center Ridge Nursing Home in North Ridgeville, following a long illness. He was born March 31, 1930 in New Lexington, and made his home in Elyria since 1943.
He was 1948 graduate of Elyria High School and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a retired electronics specialist at Lewis Research Center, NASA, in Cleveland. A member of St. Jude Catholic Church, he was a natural athlete and enjoyed all sports. He loved animals and had a great sense of humor.
Surviving him are a daughter, Kathy Kent of Oregon; and a son, Joseph Brattoli of California. Also surviving are sisters, Mary Naymik of Lorain, and Theresa Hardy of North Ridgeville; and brothers, John of Elyria, Tony of Wellington and Martin of North Hills, California.
Eugene was preceded in death by sisters, Ann Barry, Clara Bishop; brothers, Joseph, Steve, and Dan; and his parents, Michael (1966) and Lucy (nee Petruzzi) (1993) Brattoli.
Friends will be received at the Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland Street, Elyria, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, from 5 until 8 P.M. Closing prayers will be in the funeral home Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 9:30 A.M., followed by Mass at 10 A.M., at St. Jude Church, 590 Poplar Street, Elyria. The Reverend Father Frank P. Kosem, Pastor, will officiate. Burial, with full military honors provided by the VFW Post #1079, will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Elyria.
Memorial contributions, in his honor, may be made to the Friendship Animal Protective League, 8303 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, OH 44035.