Edwin D. ‘Eddie’ Bratz

Edwin D. BratzEdwin D. “Eddie” Bratz, 82, died peacefully at home on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, from cancer. Edwin will be remembered as the loving husband of Lois and father of four sons, David, Chris (Debra), Andrew (Ruth) and Lawrence. He is also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Kadi (Alfredo), sons, Zacheri and Kamron; Elizabeth (Chris), sons, Preston and Wyatt; Edwin (Melanie); Alan (Tracy); Ella (Tyler); and Haleigh. We would like to extend a thank you to special friends, Staci and Laurie. He is also survived by brothers, Paul (Carol) and Robert, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, Paul and Ella; sisters, Mary and Gloria; and brother, John.

The family would like to make special mention of Lois’ sister, Virginia, and her husband, Orval. They were very close for many years and the four of them got together often to share excellent home-cooked meals either in Watertown or Madison.

Edwin was owner and operator of Monona Bootery and Family Shoes from 1962 until his death and entered into a partnership with son Chris in 1990. The Bootery will always be remembered as the shoe store with the merry-go-round.

He will be remembered for his compassion, generosity and caring for the many people that crossed his path no matter their walk of life.

A cemetery service will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Ebenezer Church Cemetery, Highway 26, Watertown.

Memorials may be made to the family.

The family would like to express great gratitude to Kate, Cheryl, April and the many other Agrace Hospice-Care staff members that cared for him and supported the family during Dad’s final journey.