Helen Braunagel

Helen (Dosch) Braunagel, 94, received her angel wings on Sept. 10, 2017, surrounded by loved ones. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, 801 First St. S.E., Mandan. Burial will be held at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, where a vigil/rosary will begin at 7 p.m.

Helen was born on March 13, 1923, to Sebastian and Veronica (Shoemaker) Dosch in Strasburg. Helen was the oldest of the eight Dosch children: brothers, Adam, John, Jack, Edward and Tony and sisters, Rose and Sally. She grew up in Emmons County and worked on the family farm doing daily chores and helping with the cooking and caring for her younger siblings.

She met our dad, Claude Braunagel, and they married June 5, 1944, in Strasburg. They raised seven children, Don, Donna, Linda, Ken, Ray, Eileen and Cindy.

Helen's life was dedicated to her family. As her children grew up, she loved to watch her family grow. We believe being a grandma and great-grandma were her favorite role. The grandkids enjoyed grandma's cooking and told her many times how yummy it was. They all got their backs scratched, hugs and kisses and always told "I LOVE YOU"! She always stood at the door waving until you drove off. Helen led a simple life and enjoyed the little things. Mom's Sunday soup was made using a canning kettle it needed to be that big to feed everyone. She hosted the family gatherings and served her special meals, we all try to make some of her recipes, they are good but they never really taste just like mom/grandma's. It just wasn't a family gathering if mom didn't make her specialty dishes like soups, turkey stuffing, her Carmel rolls won accolades, her potato salad was made for every family gathering, prune cakes for birthdays, and pickled water melon just to name a few. Her ability to throw a great meal together to feed an extra two or 20 was unforgettable. Her family gatherings and some recipe favorites have become our family tradition and will be for many generations. She was grateful for her many blessings and looked forward to every opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. She treasured time with those she loved.

Helen worked in the food industry for most of her life going to work at 3 a.m. so she could make the dough for the fresh rolls and buns each day. Getting paid a mere 10 cents an hour and she retired making $5.50 per hour. She believed she was rolling in the dough.

Helen is survived by her family: children, Don Braunagel (Gloria Hilsendeger), Donna Buck, Linda (John) Ohlsen, Ken Braunagel, Ray Braunagel, Eileen (Harry) Heidrich, and Cindy (Tracy) Vanous; her grandchildren, Don (Becci) Braunagel, Dennis (Amy) Braunagel, Cheryl (Kerry) Schatz, Pat Buck, Melody (Alan) Wilson, Kristi (Kevin) Miller, Wendy (Jason) Iszler, Jody (Jason) Foster, Jessie (Brad) Lechner, Andrea Heidrich (Don Harris), Bonnie (Shane) Balkowitsch, Tiffany (Duane) Kroh and Heather (Colin) Engel. She loved her great-grandkids to the moon and back, Justin and Jared Schatz, Jaden Braunagel, Nick and Kyle Miller, Bryan (Ashley) Miller, Keaton (Taylar) Ohlsen, Regan Iszler and Alexis (Spencer) Hanson, Jared Foster, Baran, Jeff, Nazeli and Zane Lechner, Abby, Greyson, Alyvia and Mahliya Balkowitsch, Megan, Braxton and Izaak Kroh, Luca and Crew Engel; her great-great grandchildren, Nathan, Nova and Noelyn Miller, Payton and Tatum Hanson; her siblings: Rose Bosch and Sally Hamilton and Tony (LaRae) Dosch; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to list but not forgotten.

Helen is reunited with her husband, Claude; her parents, Veronica and Sebastion Dosch; her brothers, Adam, Jake, John and Edward; a son-in-law, Basil Buck and daughter-in-law, Kris (Eggen) Braunagel; her grandchildren, Harris Heidrich and Kathryn Braunagel; a great-grandson, Calum Balkowitsch; a great-great-granddaughter, Kalani (Koko) Hanson; and many special friends and extended family.

Go to www.parkwayfuneral.com to share memories of Helen and sign the online guest book.

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