Ann Elizabeth (Kokott) Brasile, known also as “Annie” or “Annaliese”, 87, of Latrobe passed peacefully at home on Friday, January 24, 2020. She was born March 19th, 1932 in Bad Kreuznach, Germany and raised in the loving home of her parents, Joseph and Katherine (Kaul) Kokott in Rüsselsheim, Germany. She survived the war with her six siblings: Gertrude, Margaret, Willie, Erma, Katherine “Katie”, and Joseph “Jupp”, most of whom she has now been reunited with.
She was a phenomenal wife to her late husband, Joseph Brasile; an outstanding, selfless mother to her six children: Rosemary Ejabat, Angela Brasile and former husband David Ervin, Louis Brasile and wife Pearl, Terese Brasile and lifelong partner James Braden, Gino Brasile and wife Beverly, and Francis Brasile and wife Marsha; lastly, an incredible Oma to her nine beloved grandchildren: Terra Brasile, Michael Brasile, Salomeh Ejabat, Ashlee Ejabat, Alicia Chapa, Erik Brasile, Celeste Kepple, Cierra Brasile, and Emma Brasile in addition to her great and great-greatgrandchildren.
She endured many hardships and challenges throughout her life, always pulling through with a twinkle in her eye and a smile. She exemplified all a Christian should be, and was considered an angel on this earth by most. She was admired for many great qualities; loving, kind, hardworking, resilient, strong, forgiving--just to a name a few.
As a Nurse Aide at Latrobe Hospital for 30+ years, a German immigrant, and a parishioner of Saint John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, she took pride in all that she did. She enjoyed dancing, children especially infants, dogs, music, Pittsburgh Pens, Steelers, the World Cup, and of course cooking and cleaning. Most of all, she loved spending time with family and friends. She was an amazing woman who never stopped giving her best and lived life to its fullest.
She was a light to this world that was brighter than her blue eyes. She was loved dearly and will be missed always. Her motto in life was to “keep going”, which inspired her license plate “Oma on the run”. This is very similar to the sentiment of a local, German monk, Archabbot Boniface Wimmer O.S.B. as he said “Forward, always forward, everywhere forward! We must not be held back by debts, bad years, or difficulties of the times. Man’s adversity is God’s opportunity”. She was always moving onward, no matter the obstacle. Now for the last time, she has moved onward into the kingdom of God. Ann’s family would like to extend thanks to Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care provided in her time of need.
Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, in memory of Ann, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or online at www.stjude.org. The Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home, Inc. in Latrobe has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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