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Hilda Marie Brauch, 97, of Park Rapids, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at Rose Haven in Menahga.

Hilda was born Oct. 23, 1916 in Lakefield, to Herman and Ida (Hohen-stein) Burmeister. She was the youngest of twelve children and attended the country District 80 school and was confirmed in German after attending parochial school at St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

She graduated from Lakefield High School and attended Business College in Mankato. Upon graduating she worked at the Lakefield Farmer's Elevator. While working there, she met her husband, John, who was employed at the Lakefield Farmer's State Bank.

On March 18, 1939, Hilda was united in marriage to John Brauch in Lakefield. This union was blessed with three children, John, Nancy and Mary Kay. The young couple made their home in Huron, S.D. where John continued a career in banking. After several years they moved to Spring Valley, and then to Rochester to live while John served abroad in the Navy. They moved to Sioux Falls, S.D. after the war ended and then to Anoka, where they owned and operated The Sunset Motel. From there, they moved to Robbinsdale, until retirement. Hilda proudly held a part-time position at Buttrey's Clothing Store where she loved to help people shop.

John and Hilda retired to Rice Lake near Eden Valley where they resided from 1975 until 1990. She had resided in Park Rapids up to the present time.

Hilda was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. She loved going for walks with her dogs, watching and feeding birds.

She will be lovingly re-membered by her son, John (Candace) of Rochester; two daughters, Nancy Leeseberg of Park Rapids and Mary Kay Harris of Robbinsdale; five grandchildren, Alison (Ernest) Hernandez, Heather (Jeffrey) Anderson, Hildy Swedean, Rob Harris, Emily (Atta Belfar) DeGrazia; three great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters; as well as nieces, nephews and friends.

Hilda was preceded in death by her parents, nine sisters, two brothers, and husband, John.

Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. Rev. James Neubauer and Rev. Timothy Heinecke will be officiating.

Visitation: one prior to the service at the church.

Interment: Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice.

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