Pauline Lois Brancheau, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 6, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was born in Holland, Ohio, on Feb. 19, 1914, to Alvin and Audrey Crumm. Pauline had two half brothers: Otis and Alvin Crumm Jr., both deceased; and one half sister, Joanne Chambers, of Decatur, Texas, who survives her.
On Dec. 2, 1933, Pauline married James Clifford Brancheau, of Monroe, Mich. Their 60th wedding anniversary was celebrated the summer of 1993, in Colorado Springs, with their children and many other relatives. Her beloved husband died in September of that same year and is buried in Roswell, where they lived for 21 years before his death.
Pauline was a homemaker. She loved sewing, crocheting and cooking for her five very active children. Pauline was a convert to Catholicism, was very involved in the church, and instilled in her children love and devotion to their religious beliefs.
In her later years, Pauline enjoyed watching the Mass and praying the rosary with Sister Angelica on the Catholic Television Network.
She leaves behind her children: Suzanne Louden, of Colorado Springs, Joyce Finton, of La Quinta, Calif., Joan Stephens, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Paula Eastham, of Albuquerque, and James Edward Brancheau, of Dearborn, Mich. Pauline is also survived by nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Services are being arranged at Assumption Catholic Church in Roswell. She will be buried there next to her husband, James.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to “Returning God’s Gifts” of the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs, 228 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903