December 26, 2001

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R. Delphine Braff, 85

Strandquist - R. Delphine Braff, 85, died Thursday, December 20, 2001 at Karlstad Healthcare Center in Karlstad.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 27, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Strandquist with Rev. David Pretty officiating. Ellen Johnson will be the organist, and vocal duets will be presented by Yvonne Boen and Vange Carlson. Casketbearers will be Delphine's grandchildren, Shane Braff-Bengtson, Melissa Braff-Bengtson, Charles Braff-Bengtson, Krystal Braff-Bengtson, Jessica Braff and Jeromy Braff. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday, December 26) at Green Funeral Home Chapel in Thief River Falls. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to services at the church.

Ramona Delphine Wikstrom was born on February 5, 1916 in Lincoln Township of Marshall County, the daughter of William Christian and Sarah Katherine (Bergstrom) Wikstrom. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. When she was very young, she moved with her family to Strandquist where she attended school. During her later teen years, Delphine worked at a variety of jobs before moving to Minneapolis where she worked at Foley Manufacturing. She remained in Minneapolis for 10 years before returning to Strandquist.

On October 10, 1945, Delphine was united in marriage to Virgil Charles Braff in Thief River Falls. The couple resided on a dairy farm at rural Strandquist. Delphine helped with their dairy operation until 1977 when they stopped dairy farming and continued to grain farm. She also worked as a seamstress for Arctic Cat in Karlstad for two years. Virgil died on September 28, 1998.

Delphine was a member of the Strandquist American Legion Auxiliary and Strandquist Senior Citizens.

She enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, crocheting, cooking and especially, spending time with her family.

Survivors include a son, Lyle (Barb) Braff of Strandquist; a daughter, Marla Braff of Strandquist; six grandchildren; and a sister, Ruby Gibson of Emmettsburg, Iowa.

Delphine was preceded in death by her husband, parents and a brother, Wilbert. A00003B2001DC26

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