William L. Braun, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020, just three weeks before his ninety-second birthday. Bill was born in Beacon, NY to Marie Rita (Grady) and William L. Braun Sr. Bill grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut with his parents and three sisters. He attended St. Mary’s School and went on to high school at Fairfield Prep. Bill served honorably in the U.S. Army Signal Corps before graduating from Fairfield University in 1951. After graduation, he began a long, successful career in the newly-emerging computer industry and worked for UNIVAC and Scotco Data Leasing. Bill married Jeannine Sherry in 1951 and raised seven daughters. In 1971, Bill and Jeannine purchased The Adams, in Brandon, Vermont and began a new chapter of their lives as business owners and innkeepers. After the sale of the business in 2002, Bill and Jeannine retired to their home in Vero Beach, Florida.
Bill loved life. He enjoyed fishing on the beach, playing golf and traveling with family and friends. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make others laugh. Everyone who knew him and his fun-loving nature can probably recount at least one funny story about an escapade with Bill. Bill enjoyed the outdoors; he was happy tromping through the woods in Vermont to “commune with nature”, tending to the trout in his pond and watching birds at the feeder in Vero. He was very proud of his family and developed wonderful relationships with his grandchildren who affectionately called him “Moosie”. Moosie loved spending time with his grandchildren and whether he was fishing, playing cards, working on a puzzle or just shooting the breeze with them, his grandchildren knew just how lucky they were to have a grandfather like Moosie.
Bill will be missed by those who knew and loved him. He leaves behind his wife of sixty eight years, Jeannine (Sherry) Braun and his six daughters: Sherry Lawson (Bill), Ann Marie Braun, Lorraine Stargel (Daryl), Katherine Malay (Jack), Barbara Braun (Joseph Beek), and Jane Braun (Kenneth Deveaux). He is also survived by seventeen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, three sisters: Patricia White, Nancy Frederick and Kay McNaughton and many nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his daughter Caroline and his parents.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 18 at 11 am at Saint Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut. The burial will immediately follow the service at Saint John’s Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue in Norwalk. After the burial, there will be a luncheon for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Bill’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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