Frank W. Braun, 79, of Cahokia, Ill., born Jan. 16, 1937 in Centerville, Ill., passed away Saturday, March 19, 2016, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.
Frank was the founder, owner, and operator of Braun Colonial Funeral Home and Ambulance Service in Cahokia, Ill., and Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia, Ill. He graduated from Worsham Mortuary School in 1960. He was a funeral director for 56 years and a member of the British Institute of Embalmers. He was a retired captain for the Cahokia Volunteer Fire Department, and still served as the department's Chaplain. He was the president of the Cahokia Fire Protection District. He was a member of Maplewood Park Baptist Church in Cahokia, Ill. Frank was very community oriented and supported many organizations and projects in Cahokia through the years. He was also a member of the Polish Falcons, the Oddfellows and the Cahokia and Columbia Chambers of Commerce. He served as a deputy coroner for the St. Clair County Coroner's Office for over 40 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Bertha (Dehn) Braun; his brother Robert (Carmen) Braun; his three sisters Albertha Braun, Luella (John) Merchant, and Lucille (Chester) Cory: his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Norman and Cecilia Miller; and a brother-in-law Tom Bull.
Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 44 years, Emily Braun, nee Miller; his children, Mary (Kevin) Robbins of Cahokia, Ill., Kathy (Tom Laskowski) Nordike of Columbia, Ill., Jack (Chris ) Veteto of Waterloo, Ill., and Peggy (Rick) Kenner of Cahokia, Ill.; his two brothers, Fred (Joey) Braun of Belleville, Ill., and John (Joan) Braun of Fairview Heights, Ill.; and a sister, Fern Bull of Swansea, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, Dwayne (Terri) Kenner, Justin (Shaina Dunn) Veteto, Ryan (Nicole) Nordike, Stephen (Ashley Radford) Robbins, Stephanie (Drew) Armstrong, Tiffany (John) Canull, Bradley (Ashley) Veteto, Nora (Curtis Cantrell) Nordike, Meg Nordike, and Brendan (Megan Crawford) Robbins: and 14 great-grandchildren, Dominic, Regan, Morgan, Brooke, Kenzie, Landon, Brody, Easton, Autumn, Liam, Bentley, Triston, Larissa, and Caylee. He was a dear brother-in-law, uncle ,cousin, and friend.
Memorials may be made to the Cahokia Volunteer Fire Department or donor's choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family, online at braunfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2016 at Braun Colonial Funeral Home, Cahokia, Ill., with a fire department walk through at 7 p.m. and from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Braun Family Funeral Home, Columbia, Ill., and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Maplewood Park Baptist Church, Cahokia, Ill., with Father Paul Wienhoff, Rev. John Annable, Dr. Rev. John Dawson, and Father Linus Umoren, C.M. officiating.
Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the church. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.
BRAUN COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, Cahokia, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2016