James N. Gratton, 85, of Erie, formerly of Emporium, died Tuesday, December 18, 2012 in St. Vincent Health Center, Erie.
Born August 21, 1927 in Emporium he was the son of the late John and Bessie Woodring Gratton. On May 17, 1944 in Emporium, he married H. Margaret Mitchell who survives.
A longtime resident of Emporium, he was employed by GTE Sylvania and Philips in Emporium before retiring in 1981.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a former member of Bobby’s Run Hunt Club.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Margaret, are: one son, James N. Gratton, Jr. and wife Janice of Northwest, PA; one daughter, Bess Heiberger and husband Joseph of Palmetto, Georgia; two grandchildren, Brian Heiberger and Jason Gratton; three great grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews including a special niece and nephew, Laurie and Ponch.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four sisters, Winifred, Katherine, Geraldine and Nellie and two brothers, John and Arnold.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 20 from 4-7 p.m. in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium where Funeral Services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Paul Siebert, pastor of St. Mark Church, Emporium, officiating. Burial will be in St.Mark Cemetery, Emporium.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice