A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 2, 2014, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, with the Rev. Thomas Lindner officiating. Burial will be in St. Ladislaus Parish Cemetery in Bevent.
Visitation will be at the Shuda Funeral Chapel in Stevens Point from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, with the St. Stanislaus Rosary Society, of which she was a member, leading the rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday, and at the church from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday.
A memorial will be established for St. Stanislaus Church.
Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mrs. Braga was born Oct. 14, 1922, in Bevent, the daughter of Jacob and Dorothy Furmanek. She was a 1941 graduate of P.J. Jacobs High School in Stevens Point.
She earned a Bachelor of Education degree from Central State Teachers College which later became the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). Years later, she also earned a Master of Science degree from UWSP.
Mrs. Braga spent the early years of her career teaching all eight grades in one-room schoolhouses in rural Marathon County, listing her favorite as teaching children in the primary grades, especially first grade.
During World War II, she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in Detroit, Mich., to contribute to the war effort and produce needed supplies.
She was married to Mario Braga Aug. 19, 1950, at St. Ladislaus in Bevent. He died in 1961.
They lived in the Eau Claire area until 1956 when they moved with their young family to the Detroit area to continue their teaching careers.
After her husband’s death, she continued to teach first grade while also raising her three young sons. In 1968 she moved the family to Stevens Point and began teaching first grade in the Stevens Point School District until her retirement in 1994.
She was a member of the Michigan and Wisconsin Education Associations, National Education Association and the Stevens Point Area Retired Teachers’ Association.
Survivors include three sons, Gerald (Ann Chesebro), Sugar Grove, Ill., David (Patty Loew), Middleton, and James (Jean Katzer), Madison; a special niece, Marge Gorecki, Mosinee; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.