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RICHARD BRETKO

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BRETKO, RICHARD A. In Ct. Hospice, Branford, July 11,2014, after a nearly two year battle with pancreatic cancer, Richard A. Bretko, 77, of Hamden. Beloved husband of Barbara Ketchel Bretko. Loving father of David A. Bretko and wife Jennifer of Hamden. Brother in law of Christine Lerardi of Branford. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins, and many dear friends who helped Richard during his long illness. Born April 1, 1937, in New Haven, a son of the late Andrew and Theresa Nemit Bretko, he was a graduate of Wilbur Cross High School and had served with the US Army. Richard had been employed by the Town of Hamden Dept. of Public Works for over forty five years until his retirement. He had a great love for the outdoors and nature and enjoyed hockey, hiking East Rock, playing the piano, UCONN Basketball and was a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan. He will be remembered for his kindness, sense of humor and strength. Funeral from Sisk Brothers Funeral Home, 3105 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Friday morning at 9:30. Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at 10:00. Burial with military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 5 - 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Smilow Cancer Hospital, specifically for Pancreatic Cancer Research, PO Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519-0611 or the CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405. www.siskbrothers.com
Published in New Haven Register on July 16, 2014
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