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Nona M. Brauer

September 11, 1932 — June 7, 2018

Nona Marguerite (Mellang) Brauer was born September 11, 1932 to Anton & Cora (Strand) Mellang on the Mellang family farm on the ND-SD State Line in Palmyra Township, Brown County. She was the youngest of four children, having two sisters, Vivian and Irene, and a brother, Laurence. Nona was baptized and confirmed at her family’s neighborhood church, Aurdal Lutheran near Forbes, ND. As a child, she attended the Strand country school near her home, and then Ellendale High School, graduating in 1950. She was a good student, excelling in business classes, and participating in choir and homemaking club as well as Rainbow Girls. She loved to roller skate at the Opera House and seeing movies at the Lyric. Following graduation, Nona enrolled in secretarial classes in Aberdeen, SD. Later that year, Nona became the Dickey County Deputy Register of Deeds, a position she held until 1956. Nona married her neighbor and childhood sweetheart, Edwin R. Brauer at Aurdal Lutheran Church on September 21, 1952. They originally made their home in a trailer on the E.F. Brauer farm. In 1956, Eddie and Nona welcomed a daughter, Pamela Kae, and 1958, a son James Warren. In 1960, the family moved onto their own farm on the State Line. Nona was the bookkeeping brains behind the hog, cattle & small grains operation as they expanded Brauer Farms over the next six decades. The Brauers enjoyed fishing, family vacations and traveling in their motorhome during their 63 year marriage. They were members of the Presbyterian-United Methodist Church of Ellendale, where Nona was very involved in many capacities. She was well known for making wedding cakes in the community, and she served on the Brown County Election Board for many years. Nona died June 7, 2018 at Sanford Broadway Hospital in Fargo, ND. Nona is preceded in death by her husband Edwin (2015), parents, sister Vivian Mellang Schimke, brother Laurence, nephew Calvin Schimke, brother-in-law Ellwood Schimke, in-laws Edwin F. & Etta Brauer, sister-in-law Ruth Brauer McNabb, and great-grandson, Connor Cash. She is survived by her daughter: Pam (Dean) O’Brien of Emory, TX; son: James (Sheila) Brauer of Ellendale; grandchildren: Cameron Brauer, Jenna (Dustin) Cash, Megan O’Brien, Heather (Ross) Young, Evan O’Brien, and Shannon (Josh) Zach; great-grandchildren: Sadie and Nolan Young; sister: Irene Mellang of Aberdeen, SD; nieces: Diane (Patrick) Day, Jill (David) Determan, Cathy Lee; nephews: Brad (Lisa) Schimke, Craig (Shawna) Schimke, Regan (Linda) McNabb, and Bruce (Debbie) McNabb and their families. The funeral is 10:30am Monday, June 11 at Presbyterian United Methodist Church Ellendale with Pastor Paul Henschen officiating. Visitation is 2-6pm Sunday at Hoven Funeral Chapel, Ellendale and continuing one hour prior to church services. Burial is at Ellendale City Cemetery. Arrangements by Hoven Funeral Chapel.
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