February 14, 2023 at 6:02 p.m.
Irene M. Braun, 78, of Melrose, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Feb. 6, 2023, at her home in Melrose.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating and Deacon Ernie Kociemba assisting. Interment was in the parish cemetery.
Irene Marcella Stalboerger was born May 22, 1944, in Sauk Centre, to Edmund and Selma (Eibensteiner) Stalboerger. She grew up in rural Elrosa and graduated from St. Francis High School in Little Falls. On Aug. 22, 1964, she was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Braun at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. The couple farmed near Spring Hill and then continued to raise their kids in Greenwald. Later they moved to Melrose where she worked for many years in housekeeping at the Melrose Hospital spreading her loving kindness from room to room until her retirement.
Irene was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she taught religious education classes, was president of Christian Mothers, was a Eucharistic minister and sang in the Resurrection Choir. She enjoyed biking, visiting with friends, bird watching, caring for her houseplants and most of all spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband, Bob Braun, of Melrose; children Jim (Sheryl) Braun of Greenwald, Joe (Karen) Braun of Shoreview, Lori Campagnola of Minneapolis, Barb (David) Digerness of Plymouth, Emily (Joe) Langel of Brooklyn Park, Jason (Kristie) Braun of Melrose, and Brenda (Robb) Enslin of Duluth; 29 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with one on the way; brother and sisters Stanley Stalboerger, Marilyn Schoenberg, Sharon Hemiadan, Ramona Stalboerger, Barb Barten and Roxane Kampsen; and mother-in-law Val Braun.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents; brother David Stalboerger; sister Pat Seitz; stillborn brother Joseph Stalboerger; grandson Logan Braun; and son-in-law Stephen Campagnola.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.