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In Memory of Emily Braam


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday December 21, 2021
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday December 22, 2021
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin


12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Wednesday December 22, 2021
St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetey
1201 O'Keefe Road
Hudson WI, 54016

Emily Elizabeth Braam, age 40, of South St. Paul, MN, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on December 7, 2021.


Emily was born on January 6, 1981 in Ashland, WI to Peter and Carol Braam. In 1984, Emily and her family moved to Hudson, WI where they lived for 30 years. Emily attended schools in Hudson, and graduated from high school in White Bear Lake, MN.


Emily loved her family and friends. She loved all things Pooh Bear, and was rarely seen without a Pooh at her side! She had significant artistic abilities, and leaves behind boxes and boxes of drawings! She loved to look at photographs, listen to music, watch movies, and print images on the family’s printer. Emily had a keen awareness of the calendar, and happily anticipated annual events like Christmas, birthdays, opening presents, and riding the Sky Ride at the Minnesota State Fair! This last year, she rode around three times, and received a free Sky Ride t-shirt from the staff who remembered her from years past.


Emily had a unique, mysterious, and strong connection to Heavenly realities. She inspired the hearts of those who cared for her. She and her Dad frequently attended daily Mass at their parish, after which she would enjoy a movie about one of her favorite saints. She especially loved Mother Theresa, St. Juan Diego, St. Bernadette, and St. Therese of Lisieux. As her confirmation saint, St. Margaret of Castello also held a special place in Emily’s heart.


More than anything, Emily enjoyed when her family or friends sat quietly next to her. Just to BE with her. Emily lived life at her own pace, which was always, “Nice, and Slow, and Gentle”.


Affectionately called by her Mom, “a poor little thing”, Emily often referred to herself as such. Two days before Emily was brought to Heaven, she mumbled her last words, “I’m just a poor little thing, I’m just a poor little thing”. Her family takes great comfort in this, knowing the tremendous, endless, overwhelming love that Jesus and the Heavenly Father have for all “poor little things”.


Emily is survived by her loving parents Peter and Carol (Kolp) Braam, siblings Jennifer (Braam) Statz, Peter Braam, and Anne Braam. Many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is also survived by Mountain Pooh, New Pooh, Musical Pooh, Tiny Pooh, Giant Pooh, Baby Pooh, and her dog Pluto. Preceded in death by her lifelong friend, Old Pooh.


Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St, Hudson WI on Wednesday December 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 21, and one hour prior to the service. The service will be live-streamed though the church’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stpatrickparishhudson/videos . Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, 1201 O’Keefe Road, Hudson WI following the mass.


Memorial donations may be sent to Our Lady of Peace Hospice: https://ourladyofpeacemn.org/donate/ in thanksgiving for their loving service during Emily’s last days.  

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    • Dear Carol and family, I was so sorry to read this of your dear Emily. You may not remember me, but I so remember you while you were working @ The First National Bank. I remember your tenderness and your deep love for Emily whenever you talked about her. May those tender memories be comfort for you and your families. My deepest Sympathy, Ginger Spinks

    • Peter and Family,
      Please accept our prayers and condolences on Emily’s death.
      Deacon Tom and Sharon Fuhrmann

    • Sweet Emily I had the honor of being one of her bus drivers, you would never know what she would say on any given day. I enjoyed having her as a passenger, it made me feel good being she was the only girl on the bus with me. I know her and Rick will be together up in heaven looking down at all of us and talking to each other about all of us.

      take care
      Mary Shemon

    • Dear Peter, Carol and family. There are never the right words to say at these moments. I offer you the best gift possible and is prayers and thoughts, blessings. Gregg and Jane

    • I had the privilege to be a caretaker of Emily many years ago.
      somewhere in the late 90’s. Emily and I were both young ladies then
      and enjoyed lots laughs together. Emily is fondly remembered by my family who were frequently in attendance on our many adventures! She was a beautiful soul and simply unforgettable. A blessing in my life for sure!

    • Sweet Emily, friend of our son, Rick spent time together in school and at Special Olympics.
      She won’t be forgotten.
      Sleep with the angels,Emily.

      Patti and Dick Muenich

    • We will miss Emily’s unique perspective. Emilyisms were profound and so very heartfelt.

      Recognizing the Milwaukee Braam’s. We may not have seen Emily in person often. Two of her favorites were “Good Old Uncle Tice” and Dale who was welcome to come back with all his friends. At Peter and Carol’s 25th Anniversary, Emily was in a group home. Not wanting to overwhelm her with so many strangers, a few of us went to visit. Dale was not with me. She took one look at me and asked her mom “How do you spell

      Thoroughly enjoyed connecting recently on Zoom and FaceTime.

      We love you dear, sweet “poor little thing.” My promise to you is to try to be slow, quiet and gentle.