Jeannette C. Braund

Birth Date: 
Thursday, February 7, 1918
Date of Passing: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

WOOSTER – Jan Newhouse Braund, 99, of Wooster passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster after a short illness.

She was born Jeanette Chandler Lott in Olive Green, Ohio on February 7, 1918 to Homer and Ivah Chandler Lott.  She graduated from Sunbury High School and attended Ohio Northern University and The Ohio State University to obtain her teaching certificate.  She taught in Galena, Ohio and Dublin, Ohio.  She taught second grade at Wooster Township Elementary School from 1958-1974.

Jeanette married Alfred Newhouse in Sunbury, Ohio on June 28, 1942.  They moved to Wooster in 1947 when Alfred took the job of Wooster City Engineer.  He later would work as Chief Engineer at the Experiment Station, known now as OARDC.  Al passed away in 1964.

The couple had three daughters, Sara (Ed) Parker, Jane (Doug) Silver and Mary Ann Fishburn.  Sara passed away in 2010.

Jan married in 1972 to William Braund.  Her family expanded to include three step-children.  Betsy Thornburgh, Robert (Carole) and Bill (Marilyn) Braund.  William Braund passed away in 1988.

Jan was a member of the Wooster United Methodist Church for 70 years.  She was currently the Honorary Lay Leader of the Church and the Church Historian.  She served two terms as President of United Methodist Women.  She was on various committees throughout the years and enjoyed bringing books to the children who participated in Meals Together.

Jan was a member of the Viola Thorne Club and a member of the Salvation Army Auxiliary.  She volunteered at Wooster Community Hospital for 43 years and worked the desk as recently as January 10, 2017.  She was a member of Arema and Eastern Star.  She supported the work at the Viola Startzman Clinic and many other community organizations.  Jan played bridge with several different clubs and was still playing up until her illness.  She was awarded THE DAILY RECORD CITIZEN of the year in 1993.

Jan had 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  She also had 4 step-grandchildren and 4 step-great-grandchildren.  She also had the privilege of sharing in the lives of many foster, later adopted children of her step-son and his wife.

Friends will be received at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 6-8:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be Friday, February 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wooster United Methodist Church, 243 N. Market St., Wooster with the Rev. Charles Tobias officiating.  Burial will be in the Wooster Cemetery.

Jan asked that memorial gifts be made to the Wooster United Methodist Women, 243 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691 or the Salvation Army Auxiliary, 437 S. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691 or the Wooster Community Hospital Auxiliary, 1761 Beall Ave., Wooster, OH 44691 or LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691.

Jan’s family would also like to give special thanks to LifeCare Hospice for the care and comfort of their mother.

Online condolences may be left for the family at



Memorial Contributions: 

Wooster United Methodist Women, 243 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691 or to the Salvation Army Auxiliary, 437 S. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691 or to the Wooster Community Hospital Auxiliary, 1761 Beall Ave., Wooster, OH 44691 or to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691


Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home


Friday, February 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wooster United Methodist Church


Sorry for your loss, Mary Ann. Both my parents have passed and a brother too, and I know how hard it is to deal with it. Take care of yourself in this time of grief.

I met Jan after I came to Wooster several years ago. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. I enjoyed knowing
her through United Methodist Women and several bridge clubs. We will all miss her. Sorry I will not be able to attend
the service as I am confined to my home at the time.

We wish to extend our condolences on the loss of a dear Aunt. She will be missed dearly. Be encouraged and know that God holds her in His arms. May God bless and keep you and your family in His care now and forever.

I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to know Jan . I've been her hairdresser for about 10 years , durning that time ,she has told many details and stores about her life . She never met a stranger, and it was amazing how well she got around , and the sharpness of her mind , at 99 years YOUNG. I will miss you , my dear friend ! To her family and loved ones , she spoke of you so often , I feel like I know many of you. Please except my deepest sympathy As you gather to celebrate Jan's life,.i pray your memories ,will bring a smile to your faces and peace in your hearts..

Maryann we send to you and your family a big hug and love during difficult time.

Knowing Jan was simply a joy! We had the privilege of getting to know her at church & sharing many events together. She always looked at the bright side of life, in spite of her trials. She was both, witty and wise. Her active genuine life was & will be an example for us! We are thankful for our friendship with Jan...and will miss her!

Dear Mary Ann, Jane and family,
I was so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy - my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Even though it has been several years since we have visited, I remember fondly the times that Mom and Dad would load us all in the car and we would make the trek to Wooster. Your mother was a very kind and generous lady - someone that I sincerely admired and respected. I'm sure she will be greatly missed, but no doubt will be remembered warmly by all those who were fortune enough to have known her. Kindest regards.

I always liked Jan as a teacher. I thought she had class ! Always a smile and soft heart. My prayers are with all of you.

Dear Mary Ann and family,
She sounds like she was one hell of a woman. She was busy helping everyone on earth now God wanted her help up in heaven.
Blessings to your family.

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