Josephine Bracket

Josephine L. Bracket

Josephine L. Bracket

CASPIAN — Josephine L. Bracket, 100, of Caspian, formerly of Ironwood, joined our Lord in Heaven on Feb. 15, 2018. Jo was born Jan. 30, 1918, in Hurley, Wis., eldest daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Bruno) Paris. She attended Montreal Grade School and graduated from Lincoln High School in Hurley. She worked for a short time as a nanny in Chicago and a cook at The Silver Dime, in Ironwood, frying 400 to 500 fish fries per night with only two fry pans. Jo was employed as a clerk with K-Mart for 20 years. On Oct. 20, 1936, she was married to Peter Bracket. He preceded her in death.

Jo was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood and the St. Cecelia and St. Agnes Catholic churches in Caspian and Iron River. Jo celebrated her 100th birthday with her family on two separate occasions.

She was a remarkable woman with a variety of skills. Jo excelled in knitting, needlepoint, crocheting, stained glass, cooking, canning and baking. She loved picking wild mushrooms and growing plants and flowers.

Surviving are two sons, Peter (Margaret) Bracket Jr. of DelRay Beach, Fla., and James Bracket of Caspian; a daughter, Marsha Bracket of Caspian; six grandchildren, Michele Bracket of Ridgeland, S.C., Julie Bracket of Superior, Wis., Paul (Michelle) Bracket of Gladstone, Stacy (Greg) Leonarduzzi of Iron River, Kim (Jim) Mitchell of Iron Mountain, and Chris (Amy) Bracket of Kingsford; 19 great-grandchildren, Peter IV, James, Whitney, Elijah, Andrew, Luke, Ella Grace, Devin, Collin, Teagan, Jacob, Brandon, Austin, Alli, Jordan, Cole, Laura, Kayla and Beau; two great-great-grandchildren, Ava and Kye; a brother, John Paris of Milwaukee; two sisters, Doree Hautamaki of Germantown, Wis., and Lucille Valentino, Wauwatosa, Wis.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her parents and husband, Jo was preceded in death by a grandson, Peter M. Bracket III; a sister, Mary Lerza; brothers, Louis Paris, and Mario and Louis in childhood.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at the Nash Funeral Home in Crystal Falls.

Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Friday at Saint Cecilia Catholic Church in Caspian. Fr. Gregory Veneklase will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.

Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hurley.

Pallbearers will be Paul and Chris Bracket, Greg, Devin and Collin Leonarduzzi, and Jim Mitchell.

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The family has entrusted the Nash Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Crystal Falls with the arrangements.