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Mary L. Braun, 86

Mary L. Braun, age 86, of LeSueur, died Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will take place Monday, July 2 at 11 a.m. at Zion United Church of Christ in LeSueur. Interment will be in Mound Cemetery in LeSueur.

There was visitation Sunday, July 1 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Kolden Funeral Home in LeSueur, and it will continue Monday, one hour prior to the services at the church.

Mary was born Feb. 13, 1926, to Roy and Louise (Steinigeweg) Pinney in Sharon Township, LeSueur County. She was baptized and confirmed in the Presbyterian Church in LeSueur.

She attended country school through the eighth grade, and graduated from LeSueur High School in 1944, as valedictorian.

Mary did bookkeeping for Meierbachtol Hardware for about six years. She also attended Mankato Commercial College.

Mary was joined in marriage with Paul Braun at the Presbyterian Church in LeSueur. She was a lifelong partner on the family farm, where she kept the books for many years.

Mary was a 4-H leader, and active in Zion Church, especially Naomi Circle. She was a member of Home Extension, card club, and a member of the Minnesota Valley Memorial Hospital Auxilliary.

Mary enjoyed gardening, reading, music, and spending time with her family, which she adored. She was also a devoted diary writer all her life.

She is survived by her husband, Paul; children David (Betty Jo) Braun of LeSueur, Kathy (Jim) Deidrick of Waverly, Robert (Betty) Braun, Brian (Cindy) Braun, all of LeSueur, and Ron (Wendy) Braun of Apple Valley; granchildren Josh (Beth) Braun, Rev. Lindsey Braun, Dan Braun, Matt (Sonya) Deidrick, Sarah (Jackson) Motzko, Nate Braun and his fiancée Jackie, Molly (Ryan) Thelemann, Maggie (Seth) Hughes, Peter Braun, Jake Braun and Abby Braun; and great-grandchildren, Laura and Elijah Braun, Aria Deidrick, Paige and Carter Motzko, and Jack and Elena Thelemann.

Mary is further survived by a sister, Frances (Elden) Schwarz; sisters-in-law Vivian Pinney and Sharon Pinney; brothers-in-law Vernon (Rita) Braun, and Delmer (Betty) Braun; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Gerald and William Pinney; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ray and Doris Vlasak; sister-in-law Irma Braun; and a granddaughter, Julie Braun.

The Kolden Funeral Home in LeSueur is handling the arrangements.