Peter A. La Fratta

Oct. 10, 1917 - Dec. 3, 2006

Peter A. La Fratta of Waukesha died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at Linden Grove at the age of 89. Peter was born Oct. 10, 1917, in Waukesha, the son of John and Bernice (nee Manzo) La Fratta.

He was united in marriage to Jean Mancini on Oct. 27, 1940, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Port Washington, N.Y. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1942 to 1946 as a chef/manager. Peter was employed at A&P Grocery Store in Waukesha for 40 years as a meat manager. He also was a charter member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waukesha.

Peter will be sadly missed by two grandchildren, Jeffrey (Nicole) La Fratta of Waukesha and Jason (Amy) La Fratta of Waukesha; four great-grandchlidren, Tessa, Kayley, Natalie and Alexis; one brother, Michael (Edith) La Fratta of Waukesha; one sister, Anita La Fratta Beitz of Waukesha; brother-in-law, Simon Vitale of Waukesha; nieces, Antoinette Salerno, Bernice Joselyn and Josephine Salerno, all of Port Washington, N.Y., Marilyn Saulino and Barbara (Joseph) Balser, both of Livermore, Calif.; nephew, James Salerno of Port Washington, N.Y.; other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jean, in 2004, and his son, Peter W. La Fratta, in 2001; two sisters, Joanna Vitale and Stella Salerno; and three brothers, Charles Saulino, Angelo La Fratta and Anthony La Fratta.

A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Jim Volkert will officiate. Visitation will also be Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. Mass at the church. Entombment will immediately follow the Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Linden Grove, 425 N. University Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188; the American Cancer Society, N19-W24350 Riverwood Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188; Waukesha Memorial Hospital, 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188; or to St. Mary’s Catholic Church (address above).

For additional information, please contact the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home in Waukesha at 542-6609. For an online obituary, directions or to leave condolences, go to www.waukeshafuneralhome.com.