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Lorraine M. (Gaulke) Braunel

March 17, 1932 ~ January 1, 2022 (age 89)


Lorraine M. Braunel, age 89, of Wausau, passed away on Saturday, January 1, 2022, at Colonial Manor Medical and Rehabilitation Center, Wausau, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. 

She was born in the town of Marathon on March 17, 1932, to the late Roman and Esther (Raduechel) Gaulke.  On September 24, 1949, she married LeRoy Braunel at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wausau.  He preceded her in death on April 26, 2016.  


Lorraine was a homemaker and a loving mother to her two children.  She enjoyed the outdoors – especially working in her flower garden or feeding the birds.  She also loved Polka music and dancing, often following her favorite Polka bands in the area, enjoying many fun times dancing with friends. 

Survivors include her two children, Dale (Joanne) Braunel of Wausau and Barbara (Ken) Durand of Kingman, AZ; grandchildren, Bill (Lisa) Cook, Rich (Laurie) Cook, and Andy (Heather) Braunel; 11 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband LeRoy.

A private family service will be held. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Park, town of Texas.  Helke Funeral Home, Wausau, is assisting the family with arrangements.

The family would like to thank the staff of Kennedy Park and Colonial Manor for the excellent care they gave Lorraine over the last challenging years of her life. 

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