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Rita A. Braun

Obituary for Rita A. Braun

September 13, 2021
Hatboro, Pennsylvania


Rita A. Braun (nee Genz) of Hatboro, Pa., passed away at Holy Redeemer Hospital on Monday, September 13, 2021. She was 79 years old. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Margaret (nee McMenamin) Genz.

Rita is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years Joseph Braun, her children Valerie Braun (Kevin Lavey), Eileen Braun (Doug Sepler), Maureen Braun, Donna Braun, Joseph Braun (Beverly Reuter), Rene'e Braun, William Braun (Erica Braun), and her grandchildren Mayzie Braun, Simcha Sepler, Melanie Braun, Amelia Braun, Willum Braun, Oscar Braun, Max Braun. She is also survived by her sisters Victoria Genz (Buddy) and Marge Genz (Bubber) as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers Albert "Bubber" Genz and William "Buddy" Genz and her grandson Matthew Joseph Braun.

Rita loved being down the shore with her family and going to Disney World. She was a permanent fixture at It's A Small World and Carousel of Progress. She loved going to NYC and seeing Broadway shows (with celebrities in them) and eating a French meal. The smell of rain always put a smile on her face. She loved to sit out in the sunroom or out on the porch down the shore when it rained, just reading her book or watching the rain fall.

She was always ready to put on a record and dance and she knew ALL the dances and had lots of records. She loved shopping, dressing up and knew how to create lots of hairdos-especially the ones including bows!! She loved her make-up and was rarely seen without her eyebrow pencil.

Rita touched countless lives with her kindness and caring. She was a mother to all. To know her was to never forget her. If she met you just once you held a special place in her heart and you were richer for it. She always asked others about themselves and really listened to the answers, caring for everyone like they were family. She rarely talked about herself unless she was asked a direct question, as she was always more concerned with others than herself. She remembered everyone's birthday and always went out of her way to get a thoughtful and special gift just for you.

She loved to host big family meals, BBQ's and get togethers. She loved holidays and baking and seeing everybody and having a good time. She stayed in close contact with her childhood friends and they would all still call and text each other. When they got together they would relive stories of adventures they had shared growing up as well as celebrating new stories of their children's successes and accomplishments and, of course, stories of their grandchildren and the joy they brought them.

Her greatest pride in life was being a Mom-Mom and her greatest treasures were all of her grandkids. She loved seeing them smile and laugh and she LIVED to make them happy!! She would spend HOURS playing cards with them, especially Crazy Eights and Old Maid—which Mom-Mom ALWAYS ended up being!! As a matter of fact, one of her greatest accomplishments in life was that she held the title for having the "longest losing streak in Old Maid"!! She LOVED, LOVED, LOVED candy, often passing up a meal in favor of it!! She has lovingly instilled this feeling in all of her grandkids who are MORE than willing to carry on her "candy-loving tradition". In honor of her they have decided that September 13th will now be "Candy Day" and every year on that day they are going to eat all the candy they can; a true tribute to the love they all have for her.

She has spent nearly 60 years of her life with her beloved husband Joe and they STILL went out to breakfast together EVERY Saturday morning! They'd sit side-by-side at the beach every summer together, basking in the sun and the love of their family.

We will miss her cream puffs, her butter cookies, her cheesecakes and of course, her Irish Potatoes. But we will miss HER most of all! Rita, Mom, Mom-Mom, we know you are always with us in our hearts, but until we meet again, know that we love you more than all the stars in the sky, all the sand at the beach and all the hot dogs across the ocean!! We will miss you forever!!

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Rita's memory.

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Warminster, PA 18974
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