Strati celebrating 100th birthday

Bruno James Strati was born Dec. 11, 1913.
Posted on Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Bruno James Strati is celebrating his 100th birthday this month.

He was born Dec. 11, 1913.

Bruno’s family and friends gathered for several celebrations during October and November. Everyone is invited to gather for the main day of celebration from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 2013, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, followed by a Mass at 5 p.m.

Bruno and Joan will be married for 75 years on April 23, 2014. Joan is 96 years old.

Bruno and his mother took a two-week boat ride across the Atlantic. Bruno was 7 years old when he came to America through Ellis Island with his mother. His father had been killed in World War I. After passing customs in New York, they traveled to Toledo, Ohio, with his grandfather.

His mother re-married and Bruno was fortunate to have four new stepbrothers from this second marriage, Vince, Fortunato, Mike and Pat Caliguri.

Bruno worked for 40 years at Bendix before retiring. He then worked another 20 years at Walerko Tool & Die.

Bruno and Joan have three kids, 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

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