On Sunday, Mark Stephen Braun, 64, died unexpectedly. Mark was born in Racine on August 28th, 1954, the son of Josephine (Nee:Malanche) Mulder and Donald Braun.

Bartending for most of his life, Mark loved meeting new people and forming personal connections with them. Through Mark’s career as a bartender, he graced all with his presence, personality, and quick wit.

Mark bartended at the Firelight Lounge and Dan’s Rock Palace, just to name a few; and ended his career at his family’s business, the one, and the only, Bailey’s Pub North. He was known for being an expert mixologist, not only in making the best Bloody Marys in town but by giving pointers to the many who asked. After bartending, he spent many years setting up events at the Festival Hall. As he got older, he shared his charisma with everyone that he met. Mark had a special love for Racine, he loved downtown, cheering on the Brewers, and spending his weekends with his family which included shopping excursions and Sunday lunches at Stone Corral.

Mark showed deep love for his family, took care of his mother through her final years, and was immensely involved in the upbringing of many generations of his family. With eight nieces and nephews and nine great-nieces and nephews, Mark was known for being a very active uncle. He cared for them, cheered them on, and showed them an abundance of love. Mark also played a critical role in the upbringing of his siblings. Mark’s family was lucky to have such an exemplary brother, uncle, and friend. He taught them many life lessons, specifically on how to live life to the fullest, and will forever be missed by all who loved him.

Mark leaves behind his siblings David/Hubie (Renee) Braun, Michael Braun, and baby sister Billie Jo (Ross) Dahse. His many nieces and nephews Jason (Clarissa) Braun and their children Savannah and Liliana; Kyle (Becca) Thellefsen and their children Olivia and Lola; Robert Lizotte and his children Ava Jo and Owen; Michelle (Alejandro) Trevino and their child Logan; Alexandria Theres (Vinny Moran) and their children Holden and Oakley; Zoe Dahse; and Peyton Dahse. Mark is preceded in death by both of his parents, his oldest sister Linda Braun, and niece Tonya Marie Guerra.

All are welcome to attend a graveside service to be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32 on at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. There will be a reception to follow the service, in which we invite you to have one last round for Mark at 12 p.m. at Ron’s Sports Bar, 3422 Douglas Ave. Racine.

Please send condolences to Maresh-Meredith Acklam Funeral Home.

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