Marvin R. Brackett Jr.

June 15, 1924 - April 5, 2008

Marvin R. Brackett Jr., 83, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2008, at Avalon Square in Waukesha. He was born in Fallston, N.C., on June 15, 1924, the son of the late Renus and Mamie (nee Hoyle) Brackett.

Marv served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a first class petty officer stationed in the South Pacific. On Nov. 16, 1954, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Racine, he was united in marriage to Ruth J. Scheible. Marv was a tile contractor working for Fred Petersen Tile Co. for 37 years and then for himself as Marv Brackett Tile Co., retiring in 1987. He was a member and longtime usher at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He was also a member and past president of the St. Ann Joachim Society and volunteered with the Special Olympics. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling and hunting. He was a diehard fan of the Chicago Cubs and was most recently known as the Avalon Square pool shark. Above all, he was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ruth; three children, Pamela (Frank) Kopecky of Waukesha, Mark (Carolyn) Brackett of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Susan (Robert) Quadracci of Waukesha; nine grandchildren, Ashley, Melissa and Kaeleigh Brackett, Blaine and Nikki Kopecky and Luke, Jena, Leah and Sara Quadracci; sisters-in-law, Virginia (Donald) Hauch of Florida and Dorothy Scheible of Green Bay; brother-in-law, Charles Goebel of Waupun; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Sue Davis and Millicent Bryson.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home, 803 Main St., Racine. Visitation continues from 10:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Friday, April 11, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., Racine, with the Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Entombment with full military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials to Avalon Square, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church or VITAS Hospice have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staffs at Avalon Square and VITAS Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home, 634-7888, is serving the family.