Rose Ann (Mrs. Paul) Braun
December 18, 1931-May 8, 2019
Rose Ann (Mrs. Paul) Braun, 87, died Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Columbus Care and Rehabilitation Center.
A C.D.A. rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at McKown Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. on Friday. Private family interment will be held at the St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
Rose Ann Braun was born to Thomas Sr. and Anna (Barnas) Molczyk on Dec. 18, 1931, near Cornlea. She moved with her family to Albion early the next spring. She attended country school through the eighth grade, graduating from Albion High School in 1949.
With no formal training, she immediately went to work at St. Mary Hospital in Columbus. She later worked at Boone County Hospital in Albion when it was built. On April 26, 1954, she married Paul Braun at St. Michael Church in Albion. To this union were born John, Kathleen and Eileen.
In 1956, they were forced by extreme drought to leave the farm, and move to Denver, where Rose worked at Denver General Hospital. In 1960, they moved to Columbus, where she worked at St. Mary Hospital, later Behlen Hospital and the Columbus Hospital.
Paul and Rose loved to travel; they visited all the states and Puerto Rico. In 1978, they traveled to seven countries in Europe, meeting their son John in Rome, where he was stationed with the Navy. By chance, they were in Rome when Pope John Paul I died. They saw his body and preparations for his funeral.
Rose was a member of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), serving many years as the state Alzheimer's chairman, over-seeing 15 statewide chapters in raising money for Alzheimer research. Nation-wide, NARFE has raised over nine million for Alzheimer's research. She also served as district representative for NARFE, and was an active member of the Navy Mothers. She was well known for her embroidery, spending many hours making tea towels for the church. She was also a member of St. Isidore Catholic Daughters, and Christian Mothers. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, taking them fishing, boating and swimming at their cabin. She and her husband also took them to Hawaii and Alaska. In retirement, Rose volunteered at the church, the hospital, the VFW and the American Legion.
She is survived by her three children, John Braun, Kathleen (Jim) Henggeler, and Eileen (Zane) Wiseman; granddaughters: Cortney (Kevin) Podoll of Henderson, Nevada, Cassondra Archibald (David Duran) of Elgin, Illinois, Kaitlin Wiseman (Dustin Skinner) of Montrose, Colorado; grandsons: Kyle Henggeler of Lincoln, Zachary Wiseman of Minneapolis; great-grandson, Connor Podoll of Henderson; great-granddaughter, Tayler Risner of Montrose; great-grandson, Nemo Wiseman of Minneapolis; great-grandson, Dominick Duran of Elgin; great-grandson, Landen Skinner of Montrose; brother, Tom (Janice) Molczyk of Columbus; sister, Anita (Ray) Ksiaysk of Fremont; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; her sister, Mary Shemek; niece, Laurie Sock; and many nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be left at www.mckownfuneralhome.com .