Deacon Robert "Bob" A. Bracken
Robert “Bob” A. Bracken, 89, of Rockford, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018. Born June 27, 1928 in Akron, Ohio; he was the son of Harold B. and Mary A. (Jamison) Bracken. He married Lois R. Schultz May 22, 1949 in Kewanee.
Bob was a member of Holy Family Catholic, ordained as a Permanent Deacon in 1975 at St. Peter’s Cathedral and a Grand Knight, Counsel 734 in Kewanee. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the age of 60 and went into private… practice.
He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and fisherman who enjoyed spending time with his family. He served his community as a deacon and the night chaplain for Swedish American Hospital.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Lois Bracken; children, Nancy Baxter, Marc Bracken, Michael (Jill) Bracken, Janet Bracken and Amy (Phil) Justice; grandchildren, Jaime (Jay) Scoby, Kimberly Baxter, Danielle and Matthew Bracken, Ben Bracken, Justine and Nathan McClelland, Adam, Kaysie and Sarah Justice; one great-grandchild, Alexis Scoby.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Keith, Jack and Bernard Bracken.
The family would like to thank OSF Hospice and the staff at River Bluff Nursing Home.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4401 Highcrest Road, Rockford . Visitation 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the church. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Winnebago. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family. Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel, in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.