Barbara A. Braak
1933 - 2020
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Barbara A. Braak
1933 ~ 2020
Barbara A. Braak, 86, died peacefully, February 26th at St. Mark's.
Barbara was born July 25, 1933 in St. Paul, MN to Frank and Edna (Loefelholtz) Mikschl. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy and from St. Joseph's School of X-ray Technology in St. Paul, MN. Barbara worked as an X-ray Technician in St. Paul and Minneapolis for five years. She married Edmund C. Braak September 17, 1955 in St. Paul, MN. They were blessed with five children: William Edmund (Kris), Mary Jean (Kobi), Rita Marie (John), Anne Elizabeth (David), and Carol Therese (Tom) and 8 Grandchildren, Amber Dera, Ryan Thomas, Jennifer Ann (Zack), Jessica Rose (Ryan), Collin Allen, Shanti Dawn, Michael Edmund and Zachary Alexander, along with 3 Great Grandchildren: Malcom, Noah & Cormac.
Barbara had a strong interest in art since she was a child. She was member of the Watercolor Society since the 1960's. She taught painting classes and exhibited in many events over the years. Barbara and her late husband Ed loved travelling to Europe and made several trips to Italy. They both sketched and painted while on these trips.
Barbara was a Peace Activist and dedicated her life to Non-Violence, Peace and Justice. She followed the work of lecturer, author and Christian Pacifist, John Dear. She also loved to be in her garden, this was her tranquil place. She loved her friends unconditionally. Barbara was the spiritual light that paved the way for so many, as everyone she touched was very special to her.
A funeral Mass celebrating Barbara's life will be held at St. Catherine of Sienna (University of Utah Newman Center) 170 S. University Street, (1350 East) Salt Lake City, this Saturday February 29 2020 at 12:00 Noon. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM to noon, prior to the services. A celebration of life will follow the funeral at St. Catherine of Sienna. Burial will be a private ceremony later that day.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request contributions be made in Barbara's honor to PACE e BENE in support of John Dear PO Box F, Corvallis, OR 97339 or the charity of your choice. Funeral services are being handled by Neil O'Donnel & Sons Mortuary. www.odonnellandsons.com


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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Feb. 27 to Feb. 29, 2020.
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March 1, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. God gives us a hope of being reunited with our loved ones again. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
February 28, 2020
What a lovely photo of your beautiful mother, my mother's best and loved friend. They spoke at least twice a week and in recent past visited frequently.
My mother spoke today of Barbara as a legend of a woman. My mum also spoke of Barbara as "a woman who never uttered a bad word about anyone ever."
Barbara doted on her family and the families of so many others. She really loved unconditionally and then some.
My mother and Mrs. Braak worked towards peace, safety for children, nature parks, the arts, all things human comforting and environmentally sustaining.
I will always see her in her artwork and in my mother's smile when she speaks of Barbara Braak and her husband and of course many family members
Stephanie Woody
February 28, 2020
Barbra was a wonderful neighbor always kind and caring. Thanks to the family for sharing her goodness. The Devereaux neighborhood will miss her light and smiling demeanor.
Hugh Voorhees
February 28, 2020
Rest in peace, Barbara! Thank you for being a shining light at St. Catherine's.
-Fr. Carl Schlichte, OP
February 28, 2020
Barbara, all of us at Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service thank you for your tireless support for peace and nonviolence. We will miss you. You and your family are in all our prayers.
Ryan Hall - Pace e Bene
February 28, 2020
Love you Barb and family. You gave so much to us all. Prayers.
vicki turner
Friend
February 27, 2020
Losing Barbara brings heartache to those who knew her well, those she touched through her art, her faith, and her activism, and the strangers who were lucky enough to cross her path and feel her kindness and warmth. I imposed on the busy Braak household through my close friendship with daughter Anne. Anne and I were inseparable. Consequently, the Braak home and family became my second. While I'm guessing that I was sometimes a pest to Barbara and Ed, they never let on and welcomed me in their home, at their dinner table, and on many family adventures of sailing, skating, and cross-country skiing. Barbara and Ed were an amazing team who created and modeled a warm and supportive home life for the kids (and their kids' friends) and gave them freedom to grow, experiment, and become themselves. If you know any Braak child, you will understand the gift of this gentle and loving parenting. With Ed, and after his passing, Barbara powered on with her dedication to her growing family, her art, and her commitment to the important causes of peace and justice. Barbara left this world sweeter, more loving, and more hopeful. With Barbara joining Ed, I can feel joy that once again they are skating, arm in arm, in perfect unison.
Christina Fowler
February 27, 2020
Barbara's sweet spirit and gentle soul will be missed.God has the joy of bringing home this tender soul.Hugs for Carol, and your family.Gods Peace.Mary Schroeter.
Mary Schroeter
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