John Bracco

John M. Bracco

Tuesday, February 1st, 1944 - Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
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John M. Bracco, 75, of Clearfield died on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at his home.

He was born on February 1, 1944 in Clearfield, a son of the late Albert and Margaret (Call) Bracco.

John, with his parents, owned and operated the former Shamrock Motel and Lounge during the 1970's. He then was employed at Baltimore Life Insurance Company in Philipsburg and then started his own insurance company, from which he retired. John was an avid runner in his younger years and then became an active walker, walking several miles a day.

He was a devout Catholic and a life-long member of St. Francis Catholic Church, Clearfield. He lived a very active, spiritual life.

He is survived by his wife, Joan (English) Bracco; a daughter, Jennifer Whipkey and husband Bryon of Wexford; two step sons, William Bowen and companion Dee Thomas of Millersburg, and Jeffrey Bowen and wife Jennifer of Hyde; seven grandchildren, Alec, Grace, Alaina and Sara Whipkey, William Andrew Bowen and wife Ashley, Morgan Rae Bowen, and Caleb Maxwell Bowen; two great granddaughters, Addison and Allison Bowen; and a beloved aunt, Loretta Mautino of Irwin; a sister-in-law Carol English and her daughter Melissa Frederick Snyder and husband David and their son Ian.

John served with the US National Guard. He was a contributor to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital. He also loved sports and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan. He regularly participated in the Legends/Busters fantasy football league. John loved animals as he was a member of the National SPCA and the owner, walker, and trainer of 3 great dogs, Taffy, Sasha and Stanley.

Mass of Christian burial will be said at St. Francis Catholic Church, Clearfield on Wednesday at 1:30 PM with Fr. Brandon Kleckner as celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Clearfield.

At the funeral home on Tuesday, the Rosary will be recited at 3:45 and a Christian Vigil Service will be held at 6:45.

Friends will be received at the Beardsley Funeral Home and Crematory, Clearfield on Tuesday from 4-7 PM and on Wednesday from 12:30-1 PM.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Francis Catholic Church, 212 South Front Street, Clearfield, PA 16830; or to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-3678; or the SPCA, 275 21st Street, Clearfield, PA 16830.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Beardsley Funeral Home and Crematory
    113 N. Third Street
    Clearfield, PA 16830
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 | 12:30pm - 1:00pm
    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm
    Beardsley Funeral Home and Crematory
    113 N. Third Street
    Clearfield, PA 16830
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  • Service

    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 1:30pm
    St. Francis Catholic Church
    212 South Front Street
    Clearfield, PA 16830
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    Rev. Brandon M. Kleckner
  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    Park Avenue Extension
    CLEARFIELD, PA 16830
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David Karp

Posted at 07:12am
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bracco Family. We wish you our deepest condolences and sympathy at this stressful time.
Johnny was a good man and fun to be around. He’ll surely be missed at our fantasy football meetings. Was quite a character and friend indeed. The great memories will live on.
Dave Karp and Family


Posted at 01:51pm
Dear Joan,
So sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing John at the 4:15 Mass on Saturdays.
Rest in Peace John.

Todd Roessner

Posted at 10:29pm
Joan and Family We are so sorry to hear about the loss of John. God Bless all of you and Eternal rest granted onto him May he Rest In Peace.

Bil Rubbe

Posted at 06:50pm
Joan, Jennifer, Bill , and Jeff, We extend our deepest sympathy to all of you and your family on the passing of John. Remembering you for many years I am sure you are all very sad for Johns death. God Bless all of you at this sad time. Sincerely, the Rubbe family

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