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Jacqueline Leona Bratschi

August 8, 1933 March 26, 2020
Jacqueline Leona Bratschi
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Jacqueline L. Bratschi, 86, went home to be with the Lord on March 26, 2020, after an abundant and fulfilling life.
Jacqueline was born on July 8, 1933 in Ionia, Michigan, daughter to Joseph and Florence (Tully) Abbruzzese. She is survived by her son Raymond “Chris” Bratschi, daughters Mary (Gordon) VanWieren and Marcia (Mike) Gresens, and her four grandchildren: Betsy and Trey VanWieren, and Gunnar and Sabrina Gresens. She was predeceased by Raymond, her husband of 59 years, as well as her five brothers and three sisters.
Jacqueline had an inherent talent for organization, as well as an eye for elegance. She used those skills to manage and improve many properties through the years - some properties for work, and some for play. Jacqueline was also a Managing Partner of Bratschi Enterprises, Inc., a property management company she founded with her husband and son. But the family home in Oneida Township, which she and her husband built, and where she lived until July 2019, was her love. She enjoyed mowing her three acre lawn without assistance until she was 85 years old, and even then was reluctant to relinquish that chore.
Jacqueline was an active parishioner at St. Michael Catholic Church in Grand Ledge, including being a member of Prayer Partners with the children at St. Michael Church. She was a former Treasurer for Oneida Township, and also volunteered on the Township’s Election Board.
Jacqueline’s favorite thing in life was spending quality time with family, especially her grandchildren, and her friends. She enjoyed crafting, painting, and playing euchre with her friends from church. Jacqueline always looked forward to family gatherings and vacations. Preparing for such gatherings was a labor of love for her, especially when the preparations involved assistance from her children and grandchildren. Sharing her talents, like her ability to make a perfect pumpkin chiffon pie, with her family was always a priority.
Vacations were always important to her. They typically included family members, extended family, and good friends. An early vacation involved a cross country trip with her three sisters and mother in a convertible to visit her brother in California. Other family trips consisted of camping and canoeing across the country - New York, Maine, Florida, and Mississippi. Later in life she and Ray fell in love with Charlevoix, Michigan. They made it their family vacation destination of choice. They enjoyed traveling up north numerous times each summer to the family compound to enjoy the peaceful quiet waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan with their children, grandchildren, and friends.
Jacqueline’s sparkle and enthusiasm for life would light up the room when she entered. Always quick with a smile, or a hand to help, she had an infectious laugh that brought easy smiles to everyone. She was an inspirational role model, amazing wife, tireless mother, loving daughter, and devoted friend. Jacqueline lived a full life simply dedicated to love and generosity. She will forever remain in our hearts.
A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 345 Edwards St., Grand Ledge. Interment at Meadowbrook Cemetery in Mulliken. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Catholic Church or Bickford Assisted Living of Okemos in memory of Jacqueline Bratschi. The family has entrusted arrangements to Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. Online condolences may be shared at

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11:00 AM 7/8/2020 11:00:00 AM
St. Michael Catholic Church

345 Edwards Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

St. Michael Catholic Church
345 Edwards Street Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States

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Meadowbrook Final Resting Place

3667 M-43
Mulliken, MI 48861

3667 M-43 Mulliken 48861 MI
United States

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