Herman C. Braatz


Herman C. Braatz, Jr., 88, of New Castle passed away peacefully Thursday evening, June 13, 2019, in the Grove at New Wilmington.
Mr. Braatz was born July 23, 1930, in New Castle. He was a son of the late Herman C. Braatz Sr. and Hazel J. (Clymer) Braatz.
He was a lifelong area resident and a graduate of New Castle High School, where he played the clarinet and saxophone in the marching band.
A well-respected millwright, Herman was employed by The Pennsylvania Engineering Corporation (PECOR), New Castle, for 41 years.
Herman was a member of New Covenant Evangelical Presbyterian Church, which he helped construct, and was previously a member of Second United Presbyterian Church, both of New Castle.
An avid Pittsburgh sports fan, he was also a longtime, season ticket holder to the Laurel Spartan Varsity Football Team. He enjoyed attending the games with his wife, Betty. In addition to his love for jazz music, he also enjoyed woodworking. Herman often constructed birdhouses to encourage the nesting of different birds for his interest in bird-watching. Most importantly, he loved taking trips to Oklahoma to visit his wife's family and spending time with his grandchildren.
His beloved wife of 69 years, the former Betty Clymer, survives at The Grove in New Wilmington. Also surviving are two daughters, Linda J. Klenotic and Betsy (Abdul) Amudi, all of New Castle; a son, Roy (Amy) Braatz of Poland, Ohio; two sisters, Shirley Sines, of New Castle and Dorothy Clymer, of Guthrie, Oklahoma; and five grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Herman was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman and Howard Braatz, and a sister, Reva Stock.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at New Covenant Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 1911 Harlansburg Road, New Castle, with Rev. Bill Humley officiating.
Arrangements are by J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle. Online condolences may be offered at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
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4 posts

Donna Buck
Jun 17, 2019
Betsy and family, my deepest sympathy to you. Your father was always so kind.
George Yates
Jun 15, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Hern's family. He is one of the great saints of Ne Covenant. He worked hard on God's dream to build a new church for God's people. God bless you all, may his comfort and peace sustain you
Lynn Marco
Jun 15, 2019
My deepest condolences to Betsy & family. Herman was a very special man. I loved him dearly. He rode with me on my bus for WAHS many times. One fond memory I have is his referring to my horse as Triggerette! He will be missed by many. God speed my special friend.
Jennifer Malott
Jun 15, 2019
Herman you are missed by many. You always had a smile and was so chipper. I enjoyed you riding along with me on the bus and your stories of Oklahoma, Betty and your kids and grandkids.
Thank you for being such a kind soul ❤