Braun, Fr. Robert William, OMI 83, of Belleville, IL, born in Chester, IL, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, in Belleville. Beloved son of the late William and Florence, nee Wolshock, Braun; dear brother of Sr. Theresa Marie Braun, ASC, of Quincy, IL, Rita Braun and Charlene Kogler of Las Vegas, NV, and Bernadette (Charles) Dignan of Chesterfield, MO; dearest uncle. Father Braun was a priest with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate for 58 years. His early ministry was teaching at St. Henry's Preparatory Seminary in Belleville, IL. His later assignments included serving as Newman chaplain in Cape Girardeau, MO; as hospital chaplain at St. Joseph's Hospital in Alton, IL; and in the pilgrimage department at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL. During his time at the Shrine, he became a regional spiritual advisor for the Cursillo movement. Fr. Braun donated his body to St. Louis University School of Medicine.Services: A Memorial Mass is planned for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 31, 2009, at The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Church, Belleville, IL, with a reception by the family one hour before the Mass. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Jan. 13 to Jan. 18, 2009