April 4, 2023 at 3:43 p.m.

Valeria J. “Val” Braun

Valeria J. “Val” Braun
Valeria J. “Val” Braun


Valeria J. “Val” Braun, 102, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, just 10 days before her 103rd birthday, surrounded by her family, March 31, 2023, at Fairway Pines Assisted Living in Sauk Centre.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating and the Rev. Greg Paffel concelebrating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-7:30 p.m. April 4 and will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 5 at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre.

Valeria Johanna Mader was born April 10, 1920, in Greenwald, to Christ and Agnes (Kramer) Mader. She was united in marriage to Alfred Braun June 18, 1940, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Greenwald. Val was a loving wife and mother and served as a homemaker most of her life. Her family was her priority, and, until her dying day, she enjoyed many visits from her children and grandchildren. Her listening, non-judgmental spirit, positive attitude, sense of humor and fantastic memory drew many to love her.

Before marriage, she worked as a telephone operator. After raising her family, she was employed at St. Michael’s Hospital. She was a St. Paul’s Catholic Church member in Sauk Centre, Christian Mothers and the St. Theresa Mission Group and enjoyed volunteering at Holy Family School. Val had a knack for making many crafts and enjoyed crocheting afghans and prayer shawls for others. Raising African violets and other plants was another talent in which she excelled. Her loving touch included her companion dogs, especially her poodle, Piper, and schnauzer, Alex.

Survivors include her children, Robert Braun of Melrose, Sister Janine Braun, OSB, of Sauk Centre, Kathleen (Theodore) Anderson of Kimball, Beth Thieschafer Sieben (Kevin) of Melrose, and John (Patricia) Braun of Lakeville; daughter-in-law Rita Ritter of Sauk Centre; 15 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Val was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred, Nov. 14, 1985; parents Christ and Agnes Mader; son Ronald Braun March 5, 1993; brothers Elmer and Stanley Mader; sister Marcella Fuchs; son-in-law Glen Thieschafer; daughters-in-law Mary Braun and Irene Braun; granddaughter Mary Braun; and great-grandson, Logan Braun.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.




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