Charles Braun
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community

Charles Harold "Tille" Braun, 88, of Biloxi, Miss., died Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008, in Biloxi. Mr. Braun was a native and lifelong resident of Biloxi. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Holy Name Society, St. Vincent de Paul Society, where he served as treasurer and president, and was a founding member of the St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy.

Mr. Braun was preceded in death by his wife, Billye Martha Price Braun, and his parents, Charles and Augusta Braun. Survivors include three daughters, Claudia Jane Braun and Cathy Braun Jasinski of Biloxi, and Carolyn Braun Murphy of Pearland, Texas; a son, Charles H. Braun Jr. and wife, Lou, of Sugarland, Texas; two sisters, Margaret Hartmann and Janet Braun of Biloxi; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charles made his profession as a Discalced Carmelite Secular in April 1981. He served as president of the Mississippi Gulf Coast community for several terms and was treasurer from 2002 to 2005. Due to health problems he was inactive the last three years. Charles's warm and friendly way was an asset to the community, and the community stayed in touch with him until the week before he died. He was very dear to all the members and will be missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at 11 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Ocean Springs. Interment followed in Biloxi City Cemetery. His family asks that donations be made to St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy in Biloxi.

Soledad Villadiego
Community of St. Joseph, St. Louis

Soledad Villadiego, Soledad of the Blessed Mother, died Jan. 17, 2008, in San Francisco. Soledad, who was from the Philippines, came to our community in November 1984 and began her formation in December 1985. She made her First Promise in October 1987, and Definitive in 1991. Soledad returned to the Philippines to live with one of her children as she advanced in age and then moved to San Francisco to live with another. Soledad was a most pleasant friend to the community, a smiling and gentle soul who will be missed. [14]

Esther Schmitt
Community of St. Joseph, St. Louis

Esther Schmitt, Francis of Jesus Mary, was born March 5, 1927 and died April 2, 2008. Esther entered the community in July 1975 and began formation in Sept. 1977, making her First Promise Nov. 21, 1982 and her Final Promise in 1983. Esther struggled with illness much of her time in Carmel, moving with her husband to Houston last year to be closer to her family. She suffered from a blood disease sometimes diagnosed as leukemia, but sometimes she was told it was not leukemia. She always had a smile and a delightful personality no matter the effects of the illness. She was characterized as "a simple soul" and one who radiated a sense of love and gentleness wherever she was. May she be enjoying the presence and love Beloved for all eternity.

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