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Frederick E. Brutko Sr.

Saturday, November 27, 1937Friday, March 16, 2018

Frederick E. Brutko Sr., 80, a resident of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Friday morning, March 16, 2018, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre.

His loving wife is Alice (Patterson) Brutko. Fred and Alice would have celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary on May 20th.

Born on November 27, 1937, in Swoyersville, Fred was one of seven children born to the late Steve A. and Caroline (Dziadosz) Brutko.

Raised in Swoyersville, Fred attended the former Swoyersville High School, where he played trumpet in the school’s marching band.

A United States Navy veteran, Fred enlisted just days before the end of the Korean War, and honorably served his country for eight years.

During his Naval service, Fred was involved in a chemical accident which damaged his sight, eventually leading to total blindness. His loss of sight never diminished his will, and he went on to attend school to become a Certified Massage Therapist, and practiced massage therapy for many years prior to his retirement.

A proud veteran, Fred was a member of the American Legion, Andrew Lawrence Post 644, Swoyersville, the Blinded Veterans Association, and the Disabled American Veterans.

Fred enjoyed telling a good joke and listening to his audiobooks. Above all, his greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with his family, most especially his beloved grandchildren,

In addition to his parents, Steve and Caroline Brutko, Fred was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Brutko Loiselle; his brothers, Edward and Joseph Brutko; and his sisters, Anna Mae Brutko and Alyce Lopuhovsky.

In addition to his wife, Alice, Fred is survived by his sons, Frederick Brutko Jr. and wife, Maritza, Brick, New Jersey; and Albert Brutko, San Francisco, California; his daughters, Theresa Brutko, Dupont; and Michelle Grimes and husband, Steve, Swoyersville; his step-daughter, Bernadette Mishizen and husband, Frank, Wilkes-Barre; his numerous grandchildren; his brother, Steve Brutko, Boiling Springs; his sister, Maryann Whalen, Perth Amboy, New Jersey; as well as generations of nieces and nephews.

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend Fred’s viewing which will be held on Monday, March 19, 2018, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort.

For additional information or to send the Brutko Family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website,, or Facebook page.

At Fred’s request, flowers are kindly asked to be omitted. Memorial Contributions may be made in Fred’s honor to the Blinded Veterans Association by visiting .


Service Date
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 2:00pm

A viewing for Fred will be held on Monday, March 19, 2018, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort.

Following the viewing, the family would like those in attendance to join them for a luncheon. Details will be announced at the funeral home.


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Dear Alice and family of dear Freddie, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I was an acquaintance of Freddie and had the privilege of meeting and conversing with this wonderful man at the AL in Swoyersville. He made me laugh many times with his jokes and wit. He was a special special man. I know he would want all of us to smile “On the Cover of the Rolling Stone”... rest easy dear Freddie. Love, Mary Beth
Aunt Alice, Please forgive me for not being able to attend Uncle Fred's wake. I'm so glad I got to talk to him this last Christmas. I know he was feeling bad, but still seemed to be in good spirits. He really made a great impression on my son Alby when we came up the year before. I'm glad they got to meet each other. I know that you will miss him, as will myself and my family. May he rest in God's hands. Albert Lopuhovsky

Just a heartfelt thank you for your sincere care and kindness in helping us journey our Wife, Mom, and Grandmother home to the Lord. You made a difficult time much easier.