Joseph Roderick Brazil, Jr., Janesville/Union Grove, WI (1931 - 2012)
December 30, 1931 - October 23, 2012
Joseph Roderick Brazil, Jr., age 80, formerly of Janesville, died Tuesday morning, Oct. 23, 2012, at Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove, WI. Joe was born Dec. 30, 1931, in Jamestown, RI, the son of Joseph R. Brazil, Sr. and Mary S. (Lopes) Merritt. He married Evelyn Gertrude Berndt on July 12, 1952, at West Point, NY; she passed away Oct. 1, 1997. Joe was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from April 27, 1950, to February 5, 1960. He had been employed in Janesville at City Key and Glass and Sultze Printing. Joe loved to volunteer at the Hedberg Public Library, he enjoyed reading and talking about military history.
Survivors include three children: Joe (Cindi) Brazil, III of Janesville; Sandy (Wayne) Thompson of Franklin, TN; Jonathan (Cailyn) Brazil of Janesville; eight grandchildren: Haley and Hannah Brazil, Christopher (Jennifer) Brazil, Noah Thompson, Brandon Brazil, Brittany (Jesse) Nieman, Bradley Brazil, Brianne Brazil (Jake Miller); nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Ben (Vickey) Merritt of Texas; and a sister, Jane (John) Mills of Florida. In addition to his parents and his wife, Joe was predeceased by his sister, Stella Micelli.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at MILTON LAWNS MEMORIAL PARK CHAPEL, 2200 Milton Ave., Janesville, with entombment to follow. Visitation will be from 5 until 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, at ALL FAITHS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1618 E. Racine St., Janesville, with a Video Tribute presented at 6:45 p.m. There will also be a visitation from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service on Monday at MILTON LAWNS. Military honors to be provided by Kienow-Hilt VFW Post 1621. Memorials may be made to the Veterans Memorial at Traxler Park, Janesville. The family is being assisted by BRIAN HANSEN FUNERAL SERVICE, Janesville, 608-752-8800. Online condolences may be made at www.hansenfh.com
The family would like to thank the staff at Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove (Boland Hall) and Vitas Hospice for their superior care.