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Eugene J. Baratone

MANITOWOC, Wis. - Eugene J. Baratone, age 90, of Manitowoc, died Thursday morning, Oct. 29, 2020, at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center in Manitowoc surrounded by two of his loving daughters.

Eugene was born on March 31, 1930, in Bessemer, Michigan, son of the late Peter and Helen (Tarnaski) Baratone. He was a 1948 graduate of A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer. Eugene served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1948 until his honorable discharge in 1952.

On Sept. 12, 1953, he married the former Evelyn M. Peltonen at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Bessemer. Eugene worked as a paint lab technician for Hamilton Manufacturing for 39 years until his retirement in February 1994. He was a former member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manitowoc, and a current member of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc. Eugene, a man of strong faith, enjoyed gardening, tending to his flowers and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Baratone, Manitowoc; his four daughters and three sons-in-law, Diane Radtke, Tucson, Arizona, Patti (Peter) Mueller, Merrill, Debra (Craig) Stuelke, Manitowoc, and Sue (Jim) Woepse, De Pere; nine grandchildren, Jenna (Marshall) DeCleene, Michael (Eileen) Mueller, Jeremy (Sarah) Radtke, Kendra (Jamie) Sampson, Alex (Brooke) Mueller, Rebecca Radtke and her fiancé Jake Johnson, Rachel (Nathan) Husley, Sam Stuelke and Payton Sampson; two great-grandchildren, Elsie Mueller and Lucas Radtke; one brother-in-law, Jim Massa, Okemos, Michigan; two sisters-in-laws, Jean Peltonen and Cathy Peltonen; and nieces, nephews, others relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Helen Baratone; one son-in-law, Andy Radtke; one sister, Kathy Massa; one brother and one sister-in-law, Charles (Theresa) Baratone; and three brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law, John Peltonen, Robert (Sue) Peltonen and William Peltonen.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic a private family memorial service has been held at St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo in Manitowoc. The Rev. Doug LeCaptain celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial with entombment of his cremated remains at the Knollwood Mausoleum.

The Reinbold and Pfeffer Family Funeral Home of Manitowoc assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at