Lives Lived: Mirko Bradvica
Mirko John “Brad” Bradvica died peacefully on Feb. 23 at home in Grass Valley with his family. He was 87.
A Rosary and funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 1, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Grass Valley. A reception will follow in the church hall. His remains will be interred at Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles on March 3.
He was born Jan. 9, 1923, to immigrants George and Eva Bradvica in Portland, Ore. The family moved to Southern California when he was 3, and he attended public and parochial schools in East Los Angeles.
He graduated from Garfield High School in 1941. In 1942, Mr. Bradvica enlisted in the United State Army Air Corps and became a bombardier-navigator in Childress, Texas, in 1945. His squadron assembled, but the war in the Pacific ended before they were deployed.
Mr. Bradvica met and married his beloved Betty Belletich in 1947. They had two sons, Tom and Berne.
He remained in the Air Force reserves and was reactivated in 1950 to fly A-26 airplanes in Korea. He flew 50 combat missions and was honorably discharged in 1952.
Mr. Bradvica worked for Western Electric and Pacific Telephone until he retired in 1983.
The Bradvicas moved to Grass Valley and built their dream home in 1986. During his 24-year retirement, Mr. Bradvica enjoyed gardening and landscaping. The couple traveled and kept up with family and friends all across the nation.
Locally, he belonged to the Telephone Pioneers, SIRS, RSVP and Quail Creek/Round Valley Road Association.
Mr. Bradvica slowed down in 2005 and was diagnosed with dementia. Mrs. Bradvica cared for him at home and in 2009 enlisted several wonderful and trusted caregivers who looked after his every need, like family.
In 2009, he entered the nurturing care of Hospice of the Foothills until his death.
He will be missed and remembered as a faithful husband of 62 years, a loving and caring father and a reliable friend to all who knew him.
Mr. Bradvica is survived by his loving wife Betty, sons Tom and Berne; and grandchildren Tom, Anthony and Lauren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Ann and John.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Hospice of the Foothills.
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