Dolores Ranatza Branan passed away peacefully on November 23, 2021 and Arthur Julian Branan, Sr. passed away peacefully on November 25, 2021, both passing away at their home, surrounded by family. Dolores and Arthur shared 66 beautiful years of marriage together. Dolores was born on November 11, 1932 to the late Murphy Ranatza, Sr. and Rose DiLorenzo Ranatza. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sisters, Rosemary Ranatza, Evelyn Ranatza Doering and brother, Murphy Ranatza, Jr. After graduating from Belle Chasse High School, Dolores earned her BA in Education, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Southeastern La. University. She continued her education with a Master's in Counseling (MC) at Loyola University, graduating with honors and worked with nursing students at Charity School of Nursing. Arthur was born on March 18, 1932 to the late Arthur Foster Branan and Wilma Morris Branan. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, JoAnn Branan and brother, Jack Branan. Arthur served his country as a pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and the Vietnam War, achieving the rank of Captain. During his tours of duty, he served in occupied Japan for 3 years during post-war Korea. Following his military career, he was an accomplished sales executive for American Express. Dolores and Arthur had four beautiful children, Sharon Branan Lincoln (Kerry), Arthur Julian Branan, Jr. (Marty), Christopher Charles Branan (Carrie) and Patrick Murphy Branan; six grandchildren, Nicholas Guth (Amanda), Amanda Guth Lucas (Michael), Emily Branan, Kathleen Branan, Alyssa Eymard, and Austin Eymard and one great-granddaughter, Abbie Rose Lucas. Visitation will be held at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 Westbank Expressway, Harvey, LA on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 9 am to 11 am. A Funeral Mass will follow in the funeral home chapel. Interment Westlawn Memorial Park in Gretna. Family and friends are encouraged to share their condolences, stories and memories by visiting www.mothefunerals.com
Published by The Times-Picayune from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2021.