Monday, October 13, 2008

Stanley Vraga

Stanley Vraga, age 92, passed away Monday, October 13, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. He was born on May 7, 1916, in Racine, Wisconsin, the son of Frank and Katherine Vraga.

He served with distinction in Patton’s U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. During his service, he was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, and a field commission for bravery during the siege of Metz, France. After the war, he entered employment at J.I. Case Company in Racine, where he worked for 47 years. He was joined in marriage on September 27, 1947, to Rosemary Vraga. Stan was a talented athlete: in his youth; he enjoyed gymnastics, swimming, and baseball, and he continued bowling and playing golf throughout his life. He was inducted into the Racine Bowling Hall of Fame in 1996 for his passion and talent in the sport.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Katherine Vraga; his sister Katie; and his brother Tony. Stan is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosemary; two sons, John and Dick Vraga of Madison; and three grandchildren: Emily, Amanda, and Becky Vraga, also of Madison; other relatives and dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., on Friday, October 17, 2008, at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Aiello officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.

The family would like to thank the care staff at the University of Wisconsin Hospital for their support. Memorials may be sent to the Edgewood High School Athletic Department in Madison, WI, at 2219 Monroe St., Madison, WI, 53711.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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