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Marcella Edna Braun

November 1, 1921 - February 24, 2018

Marcella Edna Braun, age 96, was called to her heavenly home, February 24, 2018.

Funeral service will be on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grafton, Iowa. Burial will be in the Grafton Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar, Iowa.

She was born November 1, 1921 on a farm in Union Township, Worth County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Herman and Laura (Wahl) Schmidt. Marcella was baptized on December 11, 1921 and confirmed April 5, 1936 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Grafton, IA by Rev. Carl Landdeck.

She attended and receiver her education in the Grafton school system and graduated from Grafton High School in 1940.

Marcella was united in marriage to Armond W. Braun on October 6, 1940 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Grafton, IA by Rev. Herman Lechner. They farmed northwest of Grafton until moving to St. Ansgar in 1967.

Marcella was employed as a telephone operator for the Grafton Rural Telephone Company, the Northwood Bakery, and Carroll George Inc. in Northwood until her retirement.

Marcella enjoyed making tiered angel food wedding and anniversary cakes from scratch for friends and relatives. She loved gardening and flowers, especially her tulips in the spring, which she shared generously with others. Many aunts and uncles and friends enjoyed her generosity with gifts of Christmas ducks and corn casseroles.

Marcella was a life-long member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Grafton. She was active in Luther League, choir, teaching Sunday School, and a member of the prayer chain among other church activities.

Marcella is survived by: children Mavis (Charles) Ashland of Clear Lake, IA, James (Barbara) Braun of Forest City, IA, Diane (Lynn) Luepke of St. Ansgar, IA and Joan (Loren) Bidne of Kiester, MN; grandchildren Jared (Nancy) Ashland of Appleton, WI, Sarah (Tom Barber) Ashland Steiner of Rapid City, SD, Tamara (Randy) Barnard of New Virginia, IA, Stacy (Liz) Braun of Omaha, NE, Michelle (Mark) English of West Des Moines, IA, Alissa (Brent) Pier of Minneapolis, MN, Valeri Luepke of Minneapolis, MN, Latham (Tychanza) Luepke of Minneapolis, MN, Janelle Bidne (fiancé Kevin Van Sloun) of White Bear Lake, MN, Rev. Jeanette Bidne (Rev. Dan Foster) of Vernon Center, MN; great-grandchildren Chelsea (Ross) Johnson of Madison, WI, Carrie Ashland of St. Paul, MN, Cole Smith of Rapid City, SD, Andrew, Adam and Nicole Barnard of New Virginia, IA, Hannah, Nathan and PJ Braun of Omaha, NE, Matthew, Jacob and Joshua English of West Des Moines, IA, Maeryn and Lucian Pier of Minneapolis, MN; sisters Rosalyn Allen of Marshalltown, IA and Marilyn Murra of Lake Mills, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: husband Armond in 1996; father and mother; sisters Luella Schmidt and LuEtta Walk; granddaughter Jennifer Bidne; great-granddaughter Rachel Bernard; and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar, 641-713-4920,

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