John H. Braun , Jr.

October 19, 1935 - January 17, 2022

Visitation: Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 3-7 p.m.;Devlin Funeral Home Inc.,Ross Twp.

Service: Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, January 27, 2022; Christ our Savior Parish, St. Peter Church,10:00 a.m.

In celebration of a life well lived, John H. Braun Jr. joined our savior on January 17, 2022. Preceded in death by his parents, John H. Braun Sr. and Ruth E. (Mushenheim) Braun and his two sisters, Mary E. Grosick and Ruth B. (Sissy) Nicholson. Survived by his beloved wife, Kathleen M. (Galate) Braun, daughter, Mary Ann B. Miller married to James J. (Jimmy) Miller and two grandchildren, Marena R. Miller and Cole A. Miller who loving know John as ‘Pa’. John was Uncle John or Uncle Sonny to many nieces and nephews and their families.

John was a lifelong resident of the Northside of Pittsburgh, who after service in the U. S. Army, worked in sales and customer service for 40+ years. He was an avid city gardener and a self-proclaimed ‘night-owl’. His neighbors ‘loved’ when he cut grass at 10pm. Fondly known through the neighborhood as ‘Running Man’, John would sprint daily from his home in Fineview to Downtown Pittsburgh in an endless quest to be ‘on-time’. John had a quiet disposition but that didn’t keep him from befriending all he came in contact with, taking time to pray with them, to share his vast knowledge of health and nutrition (even when they didn’t want him to) or to just chat.

John’s life was spiritually rich with strong devotions to Jesus and the Blessed Mother. He was 50+ years a member of the Secular Franciscan Order, amongst many other prayer groups. Dementia and other health ailments near the end of John’s life were a challenge but also made him more humble and brought him closer to our Lord. And despite all the changes, he never stopped dancing, recently filming Tik Tok’s with his granddaughter and dancing all night at a family wedding. John – You’re our angel now, dancing in heaven with that twinkle in your eye.

John always finished his days saying, “I didn’t get a thing done.” John accomplished all the things in life that truly matter, leaving a legacy of compassion for his fellow man, love, faith and a family rooted in these things to carry on his legacy.

Family and Friends will be received at Devlin Funeral Home Inc., 806 Perry Hwy, North Hills, on Wednesday, January 26th from 3-7pm. Due to the current circumstances, prayer in lieu of attendance is also a wonderful tribute to John. For those that attend and for the safety of all, the family asks that masks be worn. A Funeral Mass will follow on Thursday, January 27th, 10 am at Christ Our Savior Parish, St. Peter Church. In lieu of a gathering after the funeral, the family is planning a gathering to celebrate John’s life for this spring or summer. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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  • June Lloyd

    John was a helpful and wonderful neighbor He will be missed..

  • Mimi Lurz

    My dear sweet Uncle Sonny! May God be with you!

  • Eileen Yaros

    Mrs. Braun, Mary Ann, and family,

    Mr. Braun was a gem. He had a glow to him and his smile! I have to say it was contagious, which is a wonderful trait. He really seemed to enjoy life and he also enjoyed sharing his knowledge. I learned some things, things you would never have thought of 😊, from him. One could see his love for all of you, just by the way he would look at you. I have a memory, from a long time ago, of time spent with your family. It was Thanksgiving weekend 2000. I came to Pittsburgh to visit. While I was there, we went downtown for the tree lighting ceremony and to see the lights. Mr. Braun walked so fast that I could barely keep up! He seemed so excited, like a little boy! I really enjoyed that night and I will always cherish that memory. I know that it’s difficult to say goodbye to someone we love, it hurts, but I also know that he is in a wonderful and loving place and has reunited with those that went home before him. Knowing this doesn’t take away the pain but maybe it can slightly ease it. I am blessed for having known him and my condolences go out to all of you. May the Lord wrap his arms around Mr. Braun welcoming him home and may he, and his angels, be there to comfort you through the days ahead.



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