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Brann, Claire

Claire Brann, 89, recently of Batavia, Ill., but long-time resident of Baileys Harbor Wis., passed away on Nov. 6, 2012. She was born in Park Falls, Wis., on July 10, 1923, the daughter of Emil and Clara Gehrman.

She grew up in Park Falls, Wis. and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with a degree in Home Economics education. She taught Home Economics in several Wisconsin high schools prior to marriage. After her marriage to John, she became a homemaker in Appleton, Wis., raised three children and pursued many interests including sewing, cooking and serving on the church council as the first female representative. Her whole family enjoyed her pies, cookies, English toffee and wonderful meals. After retirement to Door County, she was a dedicated volunteer of the Ridges Sanctuary and became an accomplished weaver, teaching weaving at the Clearing. For many years John and Claire spent summers in Baileys Harbor and winters in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., allowing them to pursue their love of golf year 'round.

Claire is survived by her husband, John; daughters, Kathryn (Robert Rubman) Brann, New York City; Susan (Dennis) Walz, Batavia Ill.; and son, Bill (Lisa) Brann, Edina, Minn.; and her grandchildren, Dan Walz, Maggie (Jereme) Noffke, Molly Walz, Andrew, Nicholas, Elise and Claire Brann. She is also survived by a sister, Jeanne (Harry) Coolidge, sister-in-law, Joanne Gehrman and many nieces and nephews. She cherished her relationships with all and counted friends and extended family among her many blessings.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Bob.

While we mourn her passing, we would like to celebrate a life well-lived at a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor. Visitation will take place at the church one hour prior to the service. Since Claire loved to dress in bright colors, please feel free to wear them to the service. She did not like wearing black!

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, PO Box 115, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202 or a .

Online condolences may be offered at

Published in Door County Advocate on Nov. 10, 2012
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