Ardes Agnes Brau

Ardes Agnes Brau

September 28, 1931 – September 19, 2021

Ardes Agnes Brau was born in Newman Grove, Nebraska on September 28, 1931, to Aaron and Agnes Wehenkel.  She grew up in Madison and had two sisters, Gloria and DiAnne.  Ardes died at home surrounded by loved ones at the age of 89.

Ardes was a retired Registered Nurse from CHI Health Bergan Mercy Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and was a long time American Red Cross volunteer.  Her career as a nurse was very important to her and she trained and mentored many NICU nurses at Bergan and other hospitals in the country.

She is survived by husband, Charles; son Randy; daughters, Laurie Grove (Ted), and Ann Johnston (Gary); granddaughters, Amber Armbruster (Ben) and Leah Brau; great-grandson, Corran Armbruster; great-granddaughter, Daelyn Armbruster; sister, DiAnne Gilg (John); beloved friend, Heidi Brau; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Ardes married Charles Brau on May 3, 1954, in Madison, NE.  They were married 67 years and enjoyed the last 29 of those years in retirement together.  Ardes and Charles traveled together to many wonderful destinations to visit family and friends and favorite destinations always included somewhere with amazing beaches to enjoy long walks on the beach.  Anyone who knows Ardes knows she gathered some impressive seashell collections during those beloved walks.  She was very health conscious and worked hard all her life to remain fit and active and continued those efforts up until very recently by walking every day and working out at the gym.

Her greatest joy was her marriage to Charles and their children and grandchildren.  Everyone who met Ardes knew how proud she was of her family.  She was loved and will be missed by many.

VISITATION: Friday, September 24th from 5pm-7pm at West Center Chapel followed by ROSARY at 7pm with Omaha Nurse Honor Guard Presentation.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, September 25th at 10am at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific Street.  Entombment: Resurrection Mausoleum.  Memorials are suggested to St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church or The Salvation Army.

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  • Steve and Anna Grove Posted September 21, 2021 5:45 pm

    May your entire family be surrounded by love and always remember the Joy that Andres brought into your lives. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with you during this time.

  • Paul & Pamela Posted September 23, 2021 12:55 am

    Such a dear friend, confidant and neighbor for many years. We will truly miss you. Best wishes to Charles and the family.

  • Dan Maher Posted September 23, 2021 9:05 am

    So sorry for your loss!

  • Bill Williams Posted September 25, 2021 7:39 am

    As a long time platelet donor at the Red Cross, always enjoyed visiting with Ardes. She was a dedicated volunteer as is Charles. My condolences to the family.

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