July 17, 1961 – Monday, July 26, 2010
The Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cokato,
Friday, July 30, 2010
Mark Roger Braatz, age 49 of Buffalo died Monday, July 26, 2010 from injuries he received in an automobile accident.
He was born on July 17, 1961 the son of Roger & Victoria Christensen Braatz.
Mark graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School in 1980.
On September 29, 1994, Mark Braatz and Joleen Clifton were joined in holy marriage in Las Vegas.
Mark was employed as a Finance Manager for an Auto Dealership. He worked nineteen years at Morrie’s and the last two years at West Suburban Auto.
He enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, being at the cabin and was a classic car enthusiast. Mark also was fond of spending time with family and friends.
Survived by loving wife: Joleen Braatz (nee Clifton); children: Daniel Braatz of Cokato, Adam (Beth Maas) Braatz of Buffalo and Hope Braatz of Drayton, North Dakota; three step sons: Josh Friesen of Champlin, Charlie Druar & Casey Druar both of Buffalo; mom: Victoria Mealey of Cokato; dad: Roger (Joanne) Braatz of Buffalo; brother: Dave Braatz of Dassel; sisters: Andrea Braatz of Plymouth and Beth (Chris) Chapman of Rogers; three nephews: Jaibyne Braatz, Noah & Luke Chapman; three nieces: Courtnie, Jasamyne and Samaya; half siblings: Dustin Erickson and Brianna Braatz both of Cokato and Chantel Braatz of Dassel; grandmother: Jeanette Braatz of Litchfield; parents in law: Harold “Hal” & Bev Clifton of Buffalo; brothers-in-law: Harold “Hal” Clifton Jr. and Ben (Toni) Clifton all of Buffalo; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Preceded in death by maternal grandparents: Minnie & Viggo Christensen and paternal grandfather: Andrew Braatz.
Funeral services for Mark Braatz will be held on Friday, July 30th at 12 Noon at The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato. Pastor Steve Thorson will officiate.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 29th from 4-8 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. A Prayer service will be held at 7:00 P.M.
Further visitation Friday, July 30th one hour prior to services at the church.