James J. "Jim" Brichacek, 81, of Sandusky, passed away early Wednesday morning, March 5, 2008, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, Main Campus, Sandusky, after a brief illness.
He was born in Cleveland, February 13, 1927. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Jim was a chief electrician having worked at NACA, later known as the Lewis Research Center in Cleveland. In 1957, he was transferred to Plum Brook Research Center in Sandusky, where he worked until his retirement in 1984. He enjoyed woodcarving as a hobby and was a self-taught organ player. In his earlier days, he built rubber band powered and radio controlled model airplanes. He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church where he was a eucharistic minister and reader.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel B. (Hofer) Brichacek; children, Jacqueline A. Brichacek of Norwalk, James J. (Nancy) Brichacek of Kenosha, Wis., Mary C. (Jerry MacDonald) Brichacek of Norwalk, Dean A. (Anna) Hofer of Springbranch, Texas, and Craig A. (Debby) Hofer of Sandusky; and three grandchildren, Abel, Elisha and Jenna.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rose Mary (Baatz) Brichacek in 1986; parents, James and Albina (Malec) Brichacek; brother, Joe Brichacek; and sister, Mary Ann Brichacek.
At his request, cremation was performed. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, in David F. Koch Funeral Home, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, where a rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m. A memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Marty Nassr will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in St. Paul Catholic Cemetery, Norwalk.
Contributions may be made to the family, or to Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.