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TJ Lobraico Jr., 22, served in Air Force

Published 10:42 am, Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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SSgt. TJ Lobraico Jr., U.S. Air Force, 22, of Sherman, was killed in action Sept. 5, 2013, while serving active duty in Afghanistan.

He was the son of MSgt. Todd J. Lobraico and Maj. Linda (Strid) Rohatsch, and the stepson of Dr. Robert Rohatsch and Dianne Lobraico.

He was born Nov. 23, 1990, in New Milford.

A graduate of New Fairfield High School, Class of 2008, he attended Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, where he studied justice and law administration.

He aspired to continue his public service as a police officer. He graduated from Security Forces Technical School with distinguished honors.

He was continuing the family legacy of military service that began with his grandparents. He was serving with the 105th Security Forces Squadron at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y., where his parents still actively serve. He had also served active duty with the U.S. Air Force from 2010 until 2011 at Balad Air Base in Iraq.

He was known to live life to the fullest; he was spontaneous and could bring about laughter and joy in every aspect of his life and to those around him. He was generous with a smile or a kind word to anyone in need.

In addition to his parents and stepparents, he is survived by his sisters, Jessika Lobraico, of Sherman, Haley Rohatsch, of New Fairfield, and Alexa Lobraico, of Sherman; his brother, Nicholas Lobraico, of Sherman; his grandparents, Timothy and Kathy Cole, Frank and Sally Lobraico and Les and Charlotte DeBetta, of Sherman, and Rob and Janie Rohatsch, of Florida; his girlfriend, Jessica Germano, of New Fairfield; his "brother from another mother," Jeff Archer; a devoted circle of friends; and his pet dog, Gus.

Funeral services will be held Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. at the O'Neill Center at the westside campus of Western Connecticut State University, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury. Burial will follow in North Cemetery on Church Road in Sherman.

Memorials may be made to the SSgt. TJ Lobraico Jr. Scholarship Fund, c/o Wells Fargo, 1 Eagle Road, Danbury, CT 06810.

The Cornell Memorial Home was in charge of the arrangements.