Michael J. Braun, Sr., 68, of Vrooman Ave., Amsterdam, passed away Monday morning, at St. Mary's Hospital with his loving family at his side. Born on July 17, 1942 in Schoharie, he was the son of Nickolaus and Marion Payne Braun. Mike grew up in Schenectady and was a 1961 graduate of Mont Pleasant High School. He later moved to Amsterdam in 1965. In his youth Michael was drafted by the Chicago White Sox as a pitcher. Diabetes changed his dreams of a career in baseball. The Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame is honoring three undefeated teams from 1960 on their 50th Anniversary of their outstanding seasons. Mike was invited to this special dinner for his part as a player on the 1960 Mont Pleasant baseball team. He was a member of the City of Amsterdam Police Dept., retiring in 1996 after 27 1/2 years on the force. Michael also worked for Schells Pharmacy in Amsterdam for many years. Mike was a charter member of GAVAC where he had served as a board member and purchasing agent for many years. On October 30, 1965 he was united in marriage to his beloved wife, Carol J. Ciulik Braun, who survives. He is also survived by his loving children, Gretchen C. Braun of Amsterdam, NY, Scott M. (Tammy) Braun of Glen, NY, Timothy M. (Karen) Braun of Dayton, OH, Michael J. (Denise) Braun, Jr. of Springboro, OH; brothers, Robert (Arlene) Braun of Scotia, Peter Braun of Niskayuna; sister, Anne (Donald) Isles of Glenville; his sister-in-law, Stephan Ann Braun of Schenectady; grandchildren, Mitchell, Lauren, Zachary, Nickolaus, Riley, and Kendall; his uncle, Robert Payne, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mike was predeceased by his brother, Nickolaus Braun, Jr.; his sister-in-law, Cheryl Braun; his uncle, Peter Braun, and his niece, Diane Payne. Funeral services will be held 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Amsterdam Funeral Chapel, 13 Belmont Place, Amsterdam, followed at 9 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stanislaus Church. Burial will be at St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Funeral Chapel. Donations may be made in memory of Mike to the
or to St. Stanislaus Church in care of the funeral chapel.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Aug. 24, 2010