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Frank P. Brattole

10/22/2017


Frank P. Brattole, age 89, of Wayne, formerly of  Jersey City and Parsippany, passed peacefully at home on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Frank was born and raised in Jersey City having graduated from Snyder High School in Jersey City with the Class of 1946 before attending Rutgers University.

Frank served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and was Honorably Discharged as a Private First Class. He served as a Field Artillery Fire Control Man and as a Field Artillery Crewman. He received the Honorable Service Lapel Button, the Marine Corps Discharge Button, and the Good Conduct Medal.

When Frank returned from his service with the Marines he settled in to civilian life in Jersey City. Frank, with the nickname “Marine Bean,” was invited to a picnic after returning from the service. At this picnic he was spied by a pretty girl named Joan Lamont. Joan was engaged to be married but upon seeing Frank she said to her friends “I’m going to marry THAT man.” Joan broke her engagement and Frank separated from his girlfriend at the time and the two soon fell deeply in love. They married on October 16, 1954 in Jersey City. The October 16 date is an important one as that was the date of Frank’s parents wedding, and more recently the date of Frank and Joan’s daughter Francine’s wedding. Frank and Joan honeymooned at Niagara Falls, New York and settled in to life at 325 Liberty Avenue in Jersey City where they started and raised their family. They enjoyed a loving and devoted marriage of sixty years that can best be characterized as “peanut butter and jelly” as they were truly meant for each other. Frank lived in Jersey City, Parsippany for many years, before moving to Wayne two years ago.

As a young man just out of the Marine Corps he took a job working for the Erie Railroad as an electrical engineer. He stayed with the railroad his entire working career as it changed names to the Erie Lackawanna, Conrail, and NJ Transit before his retirement in 1990 after forty years. He was proud of his service to the railroad and his “Lifelong Pass” with NJ Transit. For many years, in his retirement, he would take his grandchildren, individually, to the Hoboken Rail Station and visit the train yard. They would ride the trains with the Engineer and then go to lunch afterword. This was an annual tradition with his grandchildren for many years. Although the grandchildren enjoyed it some will say Frank enjoyed it much more.

Frank will be remembered as a loving family man. For many years Frank and Joan loved helping at their son Joseph’s business in Parsippany. Frank was a “glass half empty” kind of guy, and would predict, in February, that his beloved Yankees were going to be beaten by the Boston Red Sox in the upcoming season. The family remembers a Frank having a discussion/argument at the table (most Italian families will understand the subtleties) about who was the best Yankee ever. Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig’s statistics were being thrown around when Frank’s little grandson Matthew stated his opinion that Mickey Mantle was the best. He backed up his statement with statistics and took all the fight from Frank’s argument as he loved his grandson so much he couldn’t contradict him. He loved all of his grandchildren and cherished the time he spent with each one of them. Frank was very proud of his granddaughter Marissa when she became a doctor. He especially enjoyed watching football with his son and grandson and truly enjoyed walks around Lake Parsippany taking his grandchildren for ice cream. He and Joan were also fond of just sitting on the deck, overlooking Lake Parsippany watching the boats, ducks, or swans for hours on end. He loved the old black & white movies, and enjoyed doing puzzles. Once a puzzle was finished he would shellac and frame it. He will also be remembered as a walking, talking encyclopedia. History, dates, current events, facts - if he saw it, read it, or heard it, once he could recall it instantly. He was great at Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and a brilliant mathematician. When it came to math he did everything longhand, never a calculator, and could show you all kind and manner of mathematical shortcuts. Since Joan’s passing in 2014 Frank and his daughter Francine have treasured their past three years together.

Frank was the loving husband of the late Joan (Lamont) Brattole (2014); devoted father of Joseph Brattole of Del Ray Beach, Florida, and Francine Karamian and her husband Rich of Wayne; he was the cherished grandfather of Dr. Marissa Petralia and her husband Nicholas, Joseph Brattole and his wife Eileen, Matthew Karamian, and Rachel Karamian; he was the loved brother of the late Joseph Brattole (killed in Germany during WWII), the late George Brattole, and Thomas Brattole and his wife Joann of Toms River; he was the much loved uncle to Chrisanne, Joseph, Frank, and Anthony.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 PM on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

A 10 AM Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, October 27, 2017.

Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover. 

Guest Book

10/26/2017

Mr. Bratoli was gentleman in the truest sense. Unfortunately, I was not able to get to know Mr. Bratoli until later in life, he seemed larger than life to me. He will be sorely missed.

Alexander Hodor


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