Judith 'Judy''s Story
Judith "Judy" Braun, 76, passed away at home Christmas Eve morning and is now with her Savior Jesus Christ. We delight in knowing that Judy is with her family and friends in heaven. She was the beloved and cherished daughter of Beatrice Hollis McKinley Wysong and Tony Oris McKinley. Tony died when she was two and her mom remarried a widower, who became her loving daddy, Earl Leo Wysong.
Judy was so loved by her husband, Gary Robert Braun, whom she married 55 years ago and survives her. She also leaves behind her children, Heidi (Eric) Grebe, Hans (Susie) Braun, Heather (Todd) Muha; dear niece whom she raised during childhood, Wendy Wysong; and her devoted grandchildren, Fiona, Libby, Joe and Thor.
She was dearly loved by her extended family and friends, Ann Arbor Public Schools fellow teachers, Ann Arbor St. Luke's church family, Traverse City Trinity Lutheran Church family, CBS Bible Study ladies both up north and downstate, Trinity Lutheran Bible Study ladies, Dorcas Sisters in Christ, Traverse City Trojans class of 1959 classmates, and many more.
Judy was born and raised on her dear Old Mission peninsula, where she and best friend, Barbara Gray Springer rode their horses and their families grew cherries. She attended grade school in the one-room schoolhouse on McKinley Road, next door to her homestead. She went to 6th grade at Willow Hill then attended Oak Park for her next year. Judy was a cheerleader and graduated with many friends from Traverse City Central High School in 1959, attended the University of Michigan for one year of nursing, then met up with classmate, Gary Braun whom she married in 1962. They raised their three children and niece in Ann Arbor, where she worked as a teacher's aide for several years before going back to college and graduating with her elementary education degree. She went on to obtain her master's in teaching from Eastern Michigan University after years of part-time working, schooling, and raising four kids.
Judy loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and she loved her church families, St. Luke's prayer shawl ladies, bible studies, working in the food pantry, and serving others in many ways. She was always joyful and put others before herself. She lived life to the fullest. Her motto was "You make your own fun!"
They relocated back to their hometown in August 2014 and loved living in their one floor condo gazing at the pond and woods in back and feeding the birds. Judy transferred her membership from her church in Ann Arbor to Trinity Lutheran Church here in town. She was active in their Dorcas group, food bank, Bible Study and Germanfest planning. She also loved participating in Community Bible Study, checking women and kids in at Single Momm events, luncheons with her high school classmates, knitting/crocheting purses for others, doing Cryptograms and spending time with family and friends.
In honor of Judy's wishes, cremation has taken place. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30, with a funeral service at 2 p.m., followed by a reception, all at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1003 S. Maple St., Traverse City. Interment will be a private service for immediate family at Leland Cemetery, Northfield Township, Ann Arbor in the summer.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorials may be directed to St. Jude's Childrens Hospital or Single Momm, PO Box 2442, Traverse City, MI 49685.
The family is deeply grateful to Pastor Zagore, Trinity Lutheran Church, and the many volunteers for making this funeral so special.
The family is being served by Wolfe-O'Neill Cremation and Funeral Services.
Published on December 28, 2017