Ann Irene Bratka, age 70, of West Liberty, Ohio passed away Thursday, November 5, 2020, at Green Hills Community in West Liberty. “Absent from the body. Present with the Lord.”
She was born June 18, 1950 in Bellefontaine, Ohio to Elmer and Lois (Yoder) Bratka, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by her sister, Donna Lou (Bratka) Erwin of West Liberty, and her brother, Dan (Sara) Bratka of Bellefontaine; three nephews; Ben (Kelly) Bratka of Greenville, Michigan, Zachary (Beth) Bratka and Nathan (Sadie) Bratka of West Liberty.
Ann was a graduate of West Liberty-Salem High School, the Miami Valley School of Nursing, Cedarville University (Bachelor’s Degree) and John Carroll University (Master’s Degree). She was a nurse at Mary Rutan Hospital at the beginning and end of her nursing career- retiring as ICO Charge Nurse. Ann also worked in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Cleveland, Ohio serving as a missionary for several years with The Cleveland Hebrew Mission. She also volunteered twice on a Kibbutz in Israel.
Ann was a lifelong member of the Grace Chapel Church in West Liberty where she taught for many years, the Ladies Sunday School Class and the First and Second Grade Bible Club Class. She loved teaching and taught classes at JVS and seminars on “Humor and Health”.
Ann’s hobbies included reading (mysteries), letter writing, traveling, and taking pictures.
Pastor Ben Bratka, her nephew, will officiate the funeral service Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at the Grace Chapel in West Liberty.
Visitation will be held Saturday two hours prior to the funeral service from 3 to 5 p.m. at the church.
Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery in West Liberty Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.
Due to current pandemic orders, please be symptom-free, practice social distancing and consider wearing a mask.
The funeral service will be live streamed via the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home Facebook Live feature for those unable to attend the services.
The staff of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in West Liberty is honored to serve the Bratka family.