Edward Buratti, 74, of Wilkes-Barre passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, April 15, 2013, while driving his wife to a doctor's appointment on Interstate 81.
He was born Nov. 22, 1938, in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late James and Ida Menichini Buratti.
Ed was a graduate of GAR Memorial High School, Class of 1956.
Prior to his retirement in 2001, he was employed for many years by Penn Refrigeration Corp. in Hanover Township.
Ed was a member of St. Andrew's Parish, Parrish Street, Wilkes-Barre.
He was an outstanding baseball player, playing catcher. Ed played for several local teams, including Mayflower, and the locally famous Ashley A's, who had the opportunity to play in a championship game in Wichita, Kan. Recently, this team had a very memorable reunion.
Ed was an avid fisherman, having caught many fish, but always threw them back, to the delight of his wife. He had many good friends and notably the Donut Shop Gang as well as his fishing buddies. He always had a smile and a good joke for his family and friends.
Ed and his wife, Patricia Mengeringhausen Buratti, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 23, 2013.
He is also survived by his children, Edward J. Buratti and his wife, Deborah, Hanover Township; Susan Chapman and her husband, Neil, Douglasville, Ga.; and Sharon Buratti and her partner, Fred Hopersberger, Mountain Top; grandchildren, Ryan and Jeff Buratti; Lauren, Kendra and Dylan Chapman; and Freddy Hopersberger; brother, James Buratti and his wife, Sandra, Springfield, Va.; aunt, Helen Menichini, New Jersey; nieces and nephews.
Ed's family wishes to thank the good Samaritans that helped Ed in front of his house and those that stopped and helped both Ed and Patricia on Interstate 81, as well as the Ashley emergency responders and the Pennsylvania State Police.
Funeral services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Friday from Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 a.m. in St. Andrew's Parish, 316 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting Edward's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com