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93, of Portage, passed away November 27, 2017. Born April 22, 1924 in Portage, the daughter of John and Stella (Witkoski) Branas. Deceased family members include her parents, her loving husband of 68 years, Andy; brother, John Branas; and, sister, Dolores Chappell. Survived by her 11 children, Michael and wife Eileen, Richmond, VA; Virginia 'Ginny' wife of Greg McDonnell, Portage; Anthony, Portage; Gregory Houston, TX; Samson, Portage; Christine 'Chris' wife of Karl Primm, Manhattan Beach, CA; Gerald 'Jerry' and wife Prudence, Houston, TX; Emalee wife of Bill Gillis, Spokane, WA; Beverly wife of Michael Mastalski, Indiana; Dr. Shirley, wife of Dale Woika, State College; Eric and wife Cathy, Portage; 25 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Sister of, Josephine Straczek, Portage; Valeria Musial, Sutton, AK; and Joseph (Sonny) Branas. Pauline was a riveter during W.W.II., building Airplanes in Detroit, MI. She was devoted to her children, and loved being a mother. She enjoyed polka music and was an excellent polka dancer. Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m., Thursday at the Serenko-Claar Funeral Home, PC, Portage. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday at Holy Family Parish, Caldwell Ave., Portage. Father Andrew Draper, TOR, Celebrant. Committal in St. Mary's Cemetery, Portage.
Published on November 28, 2017
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