Martin Bradtke |

Martin Bradtke

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Martin Bradtke passed away at Heritage Nursing home in Carbondale, Feb 5, 2013, after a five-year illness. He was 71.

Martin was born to Felix and Frances Bradtke in Chicago, Illinois where he received his education. He entered the Congregation of the Passionists, a Catholic Mission Society which has missionaries in Japan, China, Africa and other countries around the world. He was a religious brother who was an accomplished carpenter and handyman and worked at many monasteries and formation houses in the U.S. Midwest. He left this order in 1971 and came to live in Colorado, where he used his many talents to work building houses, decks and repairs (a “fix it” man) under his business “Sunshine Woodworks” in the Roaring Fork Valley and elsewhere. He married Carol Knibbs and had a son, John. They moved to Oregon for a while and then back to No Name, Colo., where he greatly enjoyed his house, garden and fruit trees. He loved to travel in his RV and go to Lake Powell.

He is survived by his son John, daughter-in-law Brooke and grandchildren Kayla and Hunter of Orem, Utah; brother Rev. Thomas Bradtke of Glenwood Springs; former wife Carol Knibbs; and stepdaughters Mikki and Marti Kistler; sister-in-law Cathy Bradtke of Glenview, Illinois, nephew Michael Bradtke of Denver and niece Christine of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his brother Phil, (died 2011).

A Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of the Crown in Carbondale, (397 White Hill Road). A reception will follow the service downstairs.

Memorials may be sent to: Recreation and Habilitation Services, 815 North 800 West, Provo, UT 84604 or to: Tom’s Door, (emergency assistance from Rifle to Aspen) PO Box 755, Carbondale, CO 81623.

Arrangements are being handled by Farnum Holt funeral home. Cremation has taken place and burial will be private.

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