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Gertrude L. Braun

November 08, 1917 - March 04, 2017

Gertrude Lydia Vollmer was born November 8, 1917 in Chicago Heights, IL to August and Lydia nee Uhlaender Vollmer.  She was Baptized and Confirmed in her Christian faith at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chicago Heights. She was married to Raymond Lawrence Braun on January 8, 1939 at St. Paul.  God blessed them with four children, Diane, Janice, Joanne & Betty.

Gertrude grew up in Chicago Heights, was a graduate of Bloom Township High School and worked as a plant manager in Park Forest for many years.  She was a current member of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Dorr, Michigan and a former member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville and Zion Lutheran Church in Matteson.  Gert thoroughly enjoyed teaching Sunday School and mentoring handicap children.  She was a diehard White Sox fan, loved fishing, traveling, cards, board games, all kinds of crafts and was an enthusiastic square dancer. 

Gertrude attained the goal of her faith on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Medilodge in Kalamazoo, Michigan having attained the age of 99 years, 3 months and 27 days. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Braun and her parents, August and Lydia Vollmer, her brother Norman & sister, Lois. 

Gertrude leaves to mourn her departure four children, Diane (Ken) Zyk of Michigan, Janice (the late Martin) Brands of Beecher, IL, Betty (Donald) Schramm of Kalamazoo, and Joanne (Joseph Stange) Braun of Tucson, AZ; ten grandchildren; Linda (Scott) Fredrick of Arlington Heights, Laura (Peter) Liphardt of Mettawa, Martin Brands of Huntley and Christopher Brands of Spring Valley, Larry (Lori) Zyk of Plainfield, and Amy (Char) Zyk of Kalamazoo, Joshua (Rachel) Schramm and Benjamin Schramm of Washington DC, and Matt and Kimberly Stange and 4 great-grandchildren, Paul, Rachel, Peter & Jacob.  A sister Barbara (Clifford) Anderson of California and many nieces and nephews. 


Funeral Information

There will be two memorial services being planned.


Memorial Service:  Saturday, March 11, 2017 11:00 AM EST,  Epiphany Lutheran Church, 4219 Park Lane, Dorr, MI  49323  (616)-681-9905



Memorial Service:  Sunday, March 26, 2017 2:00 PM CST, Zion Lutheran Church, 540 Oak Park Ave., Beecher, IL  60401 (708)-946-2271


Interment is private.

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