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PHILLIP LANEHART BRATZ

Phillip Lanehart Bratz, 49, of Savannah, Georgia, died Thursday evening, February 4, 2021, of Huntington’s Disease.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on April 2, 1971, he was a son of Paul Lee Bratz and the late Margaret Jean Hendershot Bratz. Phillip was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church. He was a graduate of West Liberty University where he graduated with honors as a Criminal Justice major. Phillip retired as a private investigator for the Wackenhut Corporation before spending some 13 plus years at Riverview Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret J. Bratz; his step-mother, Joann C. Bratz, and his brother, Paul Lee Bratz, Jr.

Surviving are his father, Paul Lee Bratz, Sr. and his wife, Betsy; his step-brother, Joseph Everly and his wife, Anne Marie; his nephew, George Everly, and his niece, Gracie Everly.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 o’clock Monday morning, February 15, 2021, at St. James Catholic Church conducted by Father Mark J. Ross and Father Daniel F. Firman. Private interment will be in St. George Cemetery in Mt. Oliver, Pennsylvania.

Remembrances: Riverview Health and Rehabilitation Center – 6711 LaRoche Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31406 or St. James Catholic Church – 8410 Whitefield Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31406.

The family extends their grateful thanks to Lou Molella and Loretta Mitchell, who spent countless hours over the years with Phillip, as well as the staff at Riverview and the St. James Eucharistic Ministers.

Online Condolences

  1. Randy Rebecca Myers says:

    Our sincere condolences to Paul. We remember Phil as being the best good natured boy and young man ever. I have truly missed him since our sons have grown and moved away from the farm. I have always loved him and will continue to love him. May God stay with Phil in his travels and that it be swift. May God bless you Paul and keep you strong.

    Randy and Becca Myers
    McMurray, PA

  2. Stan Adams, Jr. says:

    Riverview Health & Rehabilitation Center sends you much love and prayers and hope you are able to find strength during this difficult time.
    No amount of words can express the pain and loss that you are going through. The love and joy that Phillip brought to our staff and facility will never be forgotten. Thank you for sharing your amazing son with us for the last 13 years at Riverview.
    We are thinking of you and Betsy.

    On behalf of myself and the whole Riverview family,
    Stan Adams, Jr.

  3. Tony and Beth Buttimer says:

    Paul and Betsy,

    It is with great sorrow that we express our condolences on the passing of your wonderful son, Philip. It was such a pleasure knowing him and spending time with him. We always admired his never ending resilience, peppered with humor and a giant smile! He was kind, funny and loved his family very much. We hold you all close in our hearts and prayers.

    With Love and Prayers,
    Tony and Beth

  4. Linda Frink Walls says:

    My sincere condolences on your loss. In lew of flowers, I will be making a donation to the Huntington’s Foundation for research.

  5. Steve Degenaro says:

    So sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. I graduated with his step-brother Joe and spent some time at the house Junior and Senior years. My condolences to you all during a difficult time.
    Steve Degenaro

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