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Kathryn Braxmeyer

February 27, 1917 — June 30, 2016

Kathryn M. Braxmeyer, 99, Mandan, formerly of Solen, passed away June 30, 2016 at CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck after a brief hospital stay.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, ND with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 5, 2016 from 5-8 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home, with a Rosary/Parish Vigil at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Kay was born on February 27, 1917 to Hubert and Mabel (Hackett) Lane in Minneapolis, MN and raised in Grand Forks. She loved spending summers at their lake cabin in Twin Lakes, MN. She graduated from the Academy of St. James in 1936. She was doing office work for a priest when she met William Braxmeyer, who was attending the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. She married Bill on June 19, 1939, and they recently celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary.

When Bill was called to serve in World War II, Kay and their daughter Judy followed him to Georgia, after which Kay moved to Solen to live with her in-laws after Bill was shipped overseas. When his tour of duty was over, they moved to Fort Yates, ND, where Bill went to work. They soon moved to Solen to help run the family grocery business. In 1971, Bill and Kay moved to Bismarck and shortly thereafter to Mandan as Bill was working for Cloverdale Foods.

For many years, Kay was a stay at home mom. When her children were grown, she worked part time at local grocery stores doing food demonstrations and samples before her husband retired from Cloverdale. In 2014, they moved into Edgewood Vista in Mandan.

Kay lived life to the fullest and was known for her Irish sense of humor, determination and perseverance. In their younger days, she and Bill loved to go dancing, ice skating, and camping with family and friends. She learned to cook German-Russian dishes for her family, especially Easter buska bread, German potato salad, and chicken with shoup noodlia.

Kay will be deeply missed by her loving husband Bill, Mandan, ND; daughters, Judy Hoffmann (special friend Mike Walsh) Bismarck, ND and Corrine (Gary) Jochim, Mandan, ND; son Jerry “Mike” (Gloria), Bismarck, ND. She had eight grandchildren: Renae (Dwayne) Hoffmann Walker, Teri Hoffmann (Galen) Halverson, Dawn (Hoffmann) Brady, Brandon (Shannon) Braxmeyer, Joel Braxmeyer, Steve Jochim, Randy (Tara) Jochim, and Bill (Ashley) Jochim. Kay was also blessed with 11 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Evelyn and Peggy, and brothers, Charles, Cameron, George and infant brother, Ronald; son-in-law Pete Hoffmann; and granddaughter Rebecca Jochim.

Go to to sign the online guestbook and view tribute photos. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Kay Braxmeyer to the ND Veterans Cemetery, 1825 46th St. or St. Joseph Catholic Church, 108 3rd St. NE, both in Mandan, ND 58554.

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