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.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I have known Rita since Kurt and I were in elementary school. She always had a smile on her face and kind words to say. Kurt, Jeff, Kevin and Steve, your mom will be missed by many.

Posted by RANDY FEIST - WELLS, MN   April 18, 2020

So sorry to hear about your mom. She was a great lady and always said hi to me whenever I saw her. She lived a long time and may you hold onto those memories. Raising all you kids must have made her the strong lady that she was. Rest in piece Rita.

Posted by Carrie Beckmann - Mpls, MN - Friend   April 18, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Rita's family. Rita was a very special person and she will be missed. I pray you will find comfort and peace in your grief.

Posted by Judy Harpestad - Wells, MN - Friend   April 17, 2020

Kurt Kevin Steve and family
My mother often spoke fondly of Rita. She was a dedicated member of the VFW and a good hearted soul.
May she Rest In Peace.
Tom Pagenkopf

Posted by Thomas Pagenkopf - Rochester, MN - Family Friend   April 17, 2020

Today is your mom's funeral. She lived a long and full life. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.
Fr. John Kunz

Posted by Fr. John Kunz - Mankato, MN - Friend   April 16, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the Braun family members. I remember a lot of good times spent at the Braun house.

Posted by Ken Meyer - Faribault, MN - Friend   April 14, 2020

To the Braun Family,
Sympathy to your entire family on the passing of Rita. I remember Rita from the Golden Bubble Steakhouse where we dined every year for our anniversary and also the Wells Drug. Rita was always very friendly and easy to chat with. Bless you with fond memories. Linda

Posted by Linda Johnson-Dulas - Mankato, MN - Friend   April 14, 2020

I remember her from the drug store, she was such a nice person. I would take my afternoon breaks there. My sympathies to your family.

Posted by Leslie Eisenbraun - GAYLORD, MN - Acquaintance   April 14, 2020

Such a special, vibrant lady. Always a smile. So sorry for your loss.
Sending prayers of comfort.
Sue and Donnie

Posted by Sue Grunzke - Alden, MN - Family Friend   April 13, 2020

Such a sweetheart!

Posted by Carmen Meyer - Wells, MN - Family   April 13, 2020

My name is Sandi Swenson. I am married to Kevin Swenson from Alden. He was the son of Roger & Erma Swenson. I joined the Schultz/Swenson family reunion and I felt a little shy and lost. I was introduced to Rita & Donna. Rita would be interacting with Roger and Erma. She introduced herself and her family. She eased my shyness she was a wonderful lady. I have met her in Wells Marketplace and she would remember me. We had some wonderful chats. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Sandra Swenson - Alden, MN - Family   April 13, 2020

My heart goes out to the family, I will miss my Aunt

Posted by Terry Refsland - Rochester, MN - Family   April 13, 2020

Such a nice lady...my sympathy to her friends and family.

Posted by Darlene Jackson - Waite Park, MN - Acquaintance   April 13, 2020

To the Braun Family,
Many memories come flooding back from the old neighborhood and of course our parents. My sympathies to all of you and it sure would have been great if we could have come. Rita was a lot of fun and was always good to run into her in years past. She will be missed.

Allan Walters

Posted by Allan Walters - Good Thunder, MN - Family Friend   April 13, 2020

I remember all the summers of camping with Rita and how much fun we had. She will be missed.

Posted by Sally Reimer - Foley, MN   April 13, 2020

I'm sorry to hear of Rita's passing. My prayers go out to the Family. It is never easy.

Posted by Chris Refsland - Des Moines, IA - Family   April 13, 2020