John Paul Braunschweig
July 28, 1939 Ė April 12, 2013
John Paul Braunschweig, 73, of Darien, Conn., formerly of Oconomowoc, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013, from complications of Parkinsonís disease. He was born in Oconomowoc on July 28, 1939, to Irma and Walter Braunschweig.
John graduated from Oconomowoc Senior High in 1957. He then went on to the University of Wisconsin- Madison for a bachelorís degree in business.
John Married Carole Ann Keyes of Royal Oak, Mich., on April 1, 1967. They resided in Darien for 36 years, where they raised their two children, August and Katherine.
Music was an important part of Johnís life both as a performer and appreciator.
While at the University of Wisconsin, John played the tuba in the marching band under Ray Dvorak. He also played the electric and upright bass in small combos during college and after. He was a member of the University Glee Club of New York for more than 40 years. He also donated his time and talent to the music program and choir at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Stamford, Conn.
John loved to golf and enjoyed 25 years as a member of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
He and his wife had a home on the west coast of Ireland where they golfed, vacationed with friends and family and celebrated all things Irish, especially the people they came to know and love. John was the president and CEO of Tienshan Inc.
for 30 years, importing dinnerware and home goods from China. He was one of the first westerners to forge a business partnership with the Chinese in the early 1970s and he is considered a pioneer in the development of Chinese ceramics for the American market. During this time, he made more than 100 trips to China and hosted numerous delegations of Chinese here in the U.S. He was loved and respected by his colleagues and employees for his leadership and humanitarian nature.
John will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, generosity and love of people. He will be dearly missed by all of his family and his friends across the world.
John is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carole; his son, August; his daughter, Katherine Silvan; son-inlaw, Rob Silvan; and grandson, John River. John is also survived by a brother, Robert of Cincinnati; a sister, Betty (Dr. Bernhard) Schumacher of Oconomowoc; and his nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends.
John was preceded in death by his brother, Walter Jr., and his parents.
A visitation was held at the Bosak Funeral Home, 453 Shippan Ave., Stamford, Conn., on Wednesday, April 17. A memorial service will be held at St. Johnís Lutheran Church, 884 Newfield Ave., Stamford, at 11 a.m. on May 11.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St.
Johnís Lutheran Church in Stamford, or to KEYS (a nonprofit agency that funds music for underprivileged children in Bridgeport) or Masonicare Home Health and Hospice in Norwalk.