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RIP Fr. Walter Bratus

frwalter-250Fr. Walter Bratus, well known to many Ave Maria residents, died Monday at age 85.

He was assisting at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Lehigh Acres in his retirement, but spent a great deal of time in Ave Maria where he had many friends. He frequently celebrated daily Mass at the Donahue Academy.

Fr. Bratus was a priest for 58 years, having been ordained May 26, 1956 in Greensburg, PA.

Visitation will be held at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 2514 Lee Blvd, Lehigh Acres, on Tuesday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. till 7 p.m. with funeral mass to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Raphael Catholic Church in his name. Info 239-334-4880.


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