Abby Jill Marie Brauhn

Sept. 16, 1964 - March 11, 2008

Abby Brauhn, 43, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at the home of her sister, Deborah Geary. She was the daughter of Maggie French and the late Stephen Brauhn.

Abby was blessed with an extraordinary life. She graduated from Buffalo General School of Nursing, where she began her career as a registered nurse. She later joined Parke Davis Pharmaceuticals as a sales representative. Abby’s ambition and initiative brought her to Chicago, where she enjoyed a successful career as a new-products director.

When she heard a higher calling, Abby went to work for Park Community Church in Chicago as the director of extension ministries. There she founded Park Service Day, which engaged more than 900 Park Church members to serve the Chicago community for a day. She was a pivotal member of Vacation with a Purpose, which led mission trips to orphanages in Mexico operated by Foundation for His Ministry and other places around the world. She always had a vision that she would create an orphanage, so when the opportunity came, Abby’s faith took her to California.

Abby lived a life that was full of joy, love and devotion to her family, friends and God. An avid reader and traveler, she embarked on many voyages around the world. She had a wonderful ability to touch all that she came in contact with. A diagnosis of terminal cancer brought her back to the Midwest, where she lived with her sister, Debbie, and her family.

With faith and courage, Abby endured cancer treatment for 2 1/2 years.

Abby is survived by her mother, Maggie; her sister, Debbie; brother-in-law, Brian Geary; brothers, Robert Brauhn and Adam Brauhn; sister-in-law, Tasha; nieces, Molly, Maggie, Katherine and Grace; and nephews, Christopher and Nicholas.

Abby was preceded in death by her father, Stephen.

A memorial Mass will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, March 14, at St. Anthony’s on the Lake Catholic Church, W280-N2101 Prospect Ave. (Highway SS), town of Delafield. A second memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Brixen Ivy Community Center, 1242 W. Addison St., Chicago.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas TX, 75244, (877) 465-6636, or to Heartland Hospice, 13255 W. Bluemound Road, Suite 100, Brookfield, WI 53005.

Cesarz Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Preplanning Services is serving the Brauhn family. For more information, please call the funeral home at 542-6609, or for an online obituary, directions or to leave a condolence, go to