Michael John LaFratta

Aug. 17, 1920 – April 16, 2012

Michael John LaFratta of Waukesha passed away peacefully while surrounded by his loving family at LindenGrove of New Berlin on Monday, April 16, 2012, at the age of 91. Michael was born in Waukesha on Aug. 17, 1920, the son of John and Bernice (nee Manzo) LaFratta.

Michael was a proud World War II veteran of the United States Army.

Michael will be dearly missed by his wife, Edith M. (nee Vetta) LaFratta; his son, Michael G. LaFratta; his daughter, Patricia (Brian) Gunn; his granddaughter, Rebecca (nee Gunn) (Kevin) Mueller; his special relatives, Marilyn Saulino, Maxine (the late Albert) LaFratta, Barbara (Joseph) Balser and their children; and Josephine (the late Carl) Salerno. He is further survived by his in-laws, Violet Tinnes, Mary LaFratta, Karen Vetta, Anthony (Lynn) Vetta, Felix Vetta and Simone (Vernell) Vitale, and other family and friends.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents, John and Bernice LaFratta; his siblings, Charles (Carrie) Saulino, Angelo Julius LaFratta, Anthony LaFratta, Peter (Jean) LaFratta, Johanna Vitale, Anita (Robert) Beitz and Stella (James) Salerno; his special relatives, Antoinette Salerno, Bernice Joselyn, Mamie (Tony) Spadanuda and Agnes Murl LaFratta; and other relatives and friends.

Visitation for Michael will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Thursday, April 19, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha. Burial and full military honors will immediately follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated in Michael’s name to the Carmelite Nuns, W267-N2517 Carmelite Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072-4528.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.