Gerald W. Kraatz, 73, of St. Joseph Road, who worked as a meat cutter at Federal Markets in Niagara Falls for 20 years, died Monday (Sept. 13, 1999) in Buffalo General Hospital after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Lockport, was a graduate of Wilson High School and had been a resident of the Niagara Falls area since 1971. Prior to that, he lived in Ransomville for 30 years.
Kraatz served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
After that, he went to work with his father in the family business, Kraatz's Red and White Store in Niagara Falls, from 1946 to 1967. He then worked at Federal Markets, retiring in 1987.
Kraatz enjoyed square dancing, playing cards and bowling. He and his wife, the former Bernetta B. Broeker, danced with the Squares That Care in the Lewiston Senior Citizen Center.
In addition, he volunteered at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
He also was a coach for Babe Ruth Baseball in Ransomville for many years.
Kraatz served on the Community Council in Ransomville and was instrumental in acquiring the services of Dr. Salvatore Piazza in Ransomville.
He enjoyed watching drum and bugle corps perform.
Kraatz was a Buffalo Sabres season-ticket holder since 1970.
He also was an exempt member of Ransomville Volunteer Fire Company.
Survivors, besides his wife, include three sons, William and Timothy, both of Florence, Ky., and Larry of Mount Sinai, L.I.; a daughter, Susan Martinez of Youngstown; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in Hardison Funeral Home, North Fourth and Ridge streets, Lewiston.