Feb. 13, 1927 — March 5, 2008
SANDUSKY — James J. "Jim" Brichacek, 81, of Sandusky, died early Wednesday morning in Firelands Regional Medical Center, Main Campus, Sandusky, after a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 13, 1927 in Cleveland. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army.
He was a Chief Electrician having worked at N.A.C.A, later known as the Lewis Research Center in Cleveland. In 1957, he was transferred to the Plum Brook Research Center in Sandusky, where he had 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 a 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, Craig A. (Debby) Hofer of Sandusky and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Albina (Malec) Brichacek; first wife, Rose Mary (Baatz) Brichacek in 1986; brother, Joe Brichacek; sister, Mary Ann Brichacek.
At his request, he was cremated.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the David F. Koch Funeral Home, 520 Columbus Ave, Sandusky, where the rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave, Sandusky with the Rev. Marty Nassr officiatating.
Interment will be held at a later date in St. Paul Catholic Cemetery, Norwalk.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the family or to Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, Ohio 44870.