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Mark R. Braatz, 49

Mark Roger Braatz, age 49, of Buffalo, died Monday, July 26, 2010, from injuries he received in an automobile accident.

He was born July 17, 1961, the son of Roger and Victoria Christensen Braatz.

Mark graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School in 1980.

He was joined in holy marriage to Joleen Clifton Sept. 29, 1994, in Las Vegas.

Mark was employed as a finance manager for an auto dealership, and worked 19 years at Morrie’s, and the last two years at West Suburban Auto.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and being at the cabin, and was a classic car enthusiast. Mark also was fond of spending time with family and friends.

Mark is survived by his loving wife, Joleen Braatz; children Daniel Braatz of Cokato, Adam (Beth Maas) Braatz of Buffalo, and Hope Braatz of Drayton, ND; three stepsons: Josh Friesen of Champlin, Charlie Druar, and Casey Druar, both of Buffalo; mom Victoria Mealey of Cokato; dad Roger (Joanne) Braatz of Buffalo; brother Dave Braatz of Dassel; and sisters Andrea Braatz of Plymouth, and Beth (Chris) Chapman of Rogers.

He is further survived by three nephews, Jaibyne Braatz, Noah and Luke Chapman; three nieces, Courtnie, Jasamyne, and Samaya; half-siblings Dustin Erickson and Brianna Braatz, both of Cokato, and Chantel Braatz of Dassel; grandmother Jeanette Braatz of Litchfield; parents-in-law Harold “Hal” and Bev Clifton of Buffalo; brothers-in-law Harold “Hal” Clifton Jr. and Ben (Toni) Clifton, all of Buffalo; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

Mark was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Minnie and Viggo Christensen; and paternal grandfather Andrew Braatz.

Funeral services took place Friday, July 30 at noon at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato with the Rev. Steve Thorson officiating.

Visitation was Thursday, July 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and continued Friday for one hour prior to the services at the church.

Casket bearers were Vic, Chris, and Taite Christensen; Brett Kramer, Brett DesMarais, and Troy Ordorff.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.