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THE U.P. CATHOLIC FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 PAGE 11 SACRED HEART RELIGIOUS GOODS WE WELCOME YOU TO SOME HOT COFFEE, NON PRESSURE SHOPPING AND A HUGE SELECTION OF TERRIFIC GIFTS! (906) 228-4462 419 W. Washington Marquette (Located across from the Ramada Inn) McKEVITT-PATRICK FUNERAL HOME, INC. Dignified Service Since 1886 "We wish to serve as personal friends, Not as professional strangers." Mike Patrick - Owner/Manager 305 N. Lowell St., Ironwood, MI 49938 (906) 932-1141 Well-known for her sense of humor, it's said that an Altar So- ciety meeting never ends before she has told one of her jokes. During a discussion about new ethnic booths that might be added to the fall festival, Bratetich once quipped, "Father should add a confessional booth." Claudette Vairo, who joined the St. Paul the Apostle with her husband, Gerald, in 1966, has been president of the parish Altar Society for about a dozen years. She described Bratetich as an "example of someone who lives her faith." "I would have to say she's in- spiring," said Vairo. "She has a great devotion to the rosary and the Holy Eucharist." Vairo men- tioned a few of the other parish activities Bratetich has been in- volved with, including leading church tours and being in charge of funeral lunches. "She's a great volunteer who is generous with her time and talent," Vairo said. "She's our little Mary." Bratetich's pastor, Father Abraham Mupparathara, MCBS, said, "I have known Mary for the last 14 years. She is a person of prayer, service and has a great sense of humor." Father Mupparathara noted Bratetich's long history of serv- ice including membership on the parish pastoral council and wel- coming visitors to the parish during the summer months. "She used to spend many hours in the church praying, at- tending Mass daily and partici- pating in the Eucharistic Adoration. She is a 'little Mother Teresa' to our parish and to our community," Father Mup- parathara said. "She has not done anything for the recogni- tion, but she did it from her heart for the love of the Lord. I wish we had more people like Mary in all our parishes." For Bratetich's 100th birth- day, her parish hosted a party that packed the hall. She said she especially enjoyed the Slovenian song, " e ena si Marija" that was performed in her honor. "I like that song. It was nice," she said. She also appreciated the gift basket she received con- taining a bottle of vodka and a bottle of red wine along with seven bouquets of flowers. A lover of flowers, Bratetich said, "I enjoyed them all." "She's such a role model. I hope to have her optimism, her joie de vivre," said Geisler who drives Bratetich and two other ladies to Mass most Sundays. "Her faith is so genuine. I just hope as I age that I can grow in that same wisdom she has." He said of his friend who has never married, "She may not have children or brothers or sis- ters, or anything like that, but she sure has family at St. Paul's." Bratetich said she has "no se- crets" to living a happy and long life. "Know the difference be- tween right and wrong and do the right thing" is her best ad- vice, said Bratetich, who says she lives a simple life. "I have no big problems like other people do. I try to stay out of trouble. I say my prayers properly. And I love flowers - I have lots of flowers in my yard." BRATETICH FROM P10 WORKSHOP - Mary Bratetich teaches David Geisler how to make povitica during one of her popular workshops. (Courtesy photo)

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