Marian (Mikki) Henrietta Brauer passed away April 8, 2009 at Rapid City, S.D. Regional Hospital. Marian was born July 30, 1923 in Hawley to Martin and Minnie Reitan. She was placed in an orphanage at 1 month and at the age of 2 1/2 she was adopted by Peder and Hilda Sandness of Moorhead where she grew up. She graduated from Moorhead High School and at the age of 20 she enlisted in the U.S. Navy. She was stationed in New York and Florida. She was honorably discharged in 1945 and returned to Moorhead to attend Concordia College under the G.I. Bill.
In 1947 she married William Reis of Fargo, N.D. To this union three children were born. This marriage was dissolved and in 1954 she married Clemens (Johnny) Brauer at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Haven, Kan. They had one son together. They lived in Texas and Mississippi prior to returning to Kansas in 1962 when Johnny enrolled at WSU and received his Masters in Education. Johnny accepted a job as a professor of Geology at the University of Minnesota, Morris where they moved in 1966 and they resided there until 1999. They then moved to Rapid City, S.D. where Marian lived until her death.
Marian's life revolved around raising her four children, her music, and her church. She was given the wonderful gift of a beautiful voice and the ability to play piano. She sang at many weddings and funerals as well as in her church choir. For many years she sang her same solo in "The Messiah". Her highest ambition was to sing praises to her Comfort and Guide.
One of the happiest moments in her life was when she met her sister, Betty, in 1944. It was as if they had always known each other, they looked alike and acted alike, and many people thought they were twins. They stayed close throughout their lives.
Marian also inherited a large family when she married Johnny. She was very nervous about meeting strangers but after all the Brauers were so nice to her she said they cured her of that fear.
In addition to singing and playing piano, Marian enjoyed working in her yard and garden, watching Twins baseball, dancing with Johnny, and baking anything but especially cookies. She always managed to stay busy. Her little dog, Benji, has been her joy in these last few years since the loss of her adoring husband and her youngest son.
Marian was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Betty Tripp, her husband Johnny Brauer, her son Terry Reis, and her son Chris Brauer.
Grateful for her gift of song and music while mourning her passing are her son Mark P. Reis and his wife Sally of Azle, Texas; her daughter Laurie Montgomery and her husband Bob of Rapid City, S.D.; granddaughter Stacie Montgomery of Rapid City, S.D.; grandson Nathan Montgomery and Vicki Koebernick of Rapid City, S.D.; grandson Mark P. Reis, Jr. and wife Claudia and their children, Haylee and Peyton, of Bentonville, Ark.; grandson Terry Reis of Dallas, Texas; grandson Jason Phillips, his wife Stephanie and their four children of Ft. Worth, Texas; and great-granddaughter Jocelyn McCormick, Rapid City, S.D.
Services and burial will be held on Tuesday, April 14 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Haven, Kan.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the Clemens Brauer Geology Field Camp Endowment at the University of Minnesota, Morris, 312 Behmler Hall, 600 East 4th St., Morris, MN 56267-2132, or to your favorite animal or rescue shelter.