Rita Jean Braun

  • Born: November 29, 1925
  • Died: April 12, 2020
  • Location: Wells, Minnesota

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Homes

255 2nd Ave SW
Wells, MN 56097

Tel. (507) 553-3124

Tribute & Message From The Family


Rita Jean Braun, age 94, of Wells, MN died Easter Sunday morning, April 12, 2020 at Brookedale Assisted Living in Mankato, MN where she had been residing since 2018. Mass will be held with Rita's immediate family at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells. Please follow Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home on Facebook to watch the service live at 10:30 AM on Thursday, April 16th. Burial will be in St. Casimir Catholic Cemetery in Wells.
Rita was born November 29, 1925 to Alfred and Hattie (Schultz) Swenson at home in Wells. She attended the Wells Public School and worked at the Golden Bubble and Wells Drugstore. Rita married Donald Braun and he passed away in 1964. She then married Reuben Johnson in 1969 and they later divorced. She was an active member of the Wells VFW and a Gold Star member, past President of 2nd District VFW, Wells American Legion Auxiliary. Rita loved to play cards and go for coffee.
Rita is survived by her children: son, Gordon (Bonnie) Braun, Mankato; daughter-in-law, Margo Braun, Elk River; daughter, Carol Farnsworth, Apple Valle; sons: Jeffery (Sue) Braun, Wells; Steven Braun, Ely, NV; Kevin Braun, St Francis; Kurt Braun, Ely, NV; Grandchildren: Troy (Linda) Braun, St. Clair, Bradley (Denise) Braun, Shakopee, Stacy Braun, Monticello, Tammy (Mark) Duitsman, Elk River, Jeannine Salchow, Apple Valley, Bill (Lisa) Farnsworth, Chapel Hills, N.C., Jessica (Mark) Yokiel, Wells, Melissa (Nate) Kaupa, Wells, David Braun (Chelsea Volz ,fiancé), Wells, Kasie Braun, Maple Grove, Jeremiah Braun (Brandie Skorcz, fiancé), Ely NV, Briana Braun, Thief River Falls, Brent Braun, Ely NV, Ken Holmseth, North Mankato, MN, 18 Great Grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren; sister, Donna Schroeder, Wells, Brother-in-law, Bill (Jean) Braun, Whapton, ND.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald (1964), son Lawrence (Fritz) Braun, (2013); Siblings: Jack (Bev) Swenson, Dorothy (Irvin) Simonson, Alice (Cecil) Refsland, Joe and Arnold Swenson.
A very heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Brookdale and the Mayo Hospice Care.