Loved by all who had the privilege of knowing him, Joseph J. Brutts, Jr., 86, passed away on December 30, 2022. Joe was born on November 23, 1936 in Windber where he built his home with his wife of 63 years and three daughters. He was well known around town largely due to his nearly five decades working as a butcher. He started as a young man at John's Market where all the young ladies loved to go see him. Joe was an accomplished taxidermist, loved hunting and never turned away a hunter or their deer stories (no matter how long). A proud member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, 876th Engineer Battalion, Joe was an incredible handyman, able to fix, build or remake nearly anything. He graciously shared his skills with others, never telling anyone no who asked for his help. He most enjoyed spending time with loved ones telling stories, baking pies, nurturing his garden and eating anything with peanut butter. His heart was always full of love and acceptance even until the end when the only words he had left to clearly articulate were "I love you." Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph John Brutts, Sr. and Katherine (Huska) Brutts as well as his brothers, Robert Louis Brutts and Donald Thomas Brutts, and sisters, Patricia M Swaynos, and Madeline F. Meyers. Joe is survived by sisters, Shirley A. Petropolous and Sharon M. Ream. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Mary Ann Brutts, his daughters, Denise Agatep, Dorice Fockler and Deanne O'Dell, as well his sons-in-law, Felmor Agatep, Todd Fockler and Dennis O'Dell, his two grandsons, Jason Agatep and Eric Agatep, and so many other relatives, friends, and neighbors whose lives were enriched just by knowing him. Memorial mass will be celebrated 11 A.M. Monday, April 24, 2023 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Windber. Committal military honors by Windber VFW at SS. Cyril & Methodius Cemetery, Windber. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates your consideration of a donation in Joe's memory to either Windber Woods Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center, where he was well cared for by wonderful nurses and staff in his final years, or the Alzheimer's Association, which offers helpful resources for families dealing with the life-changing effects of dementia.
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