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Warren K. Braucher

Warren K. Braucher, 94, of Bowdoin Road, Ipswich, husband of the late Sheila F. (Caffrey) Braucher, died Saturday, October 30, 2010 in his home.

Born in Kutztown, Pennsylvania October 20, 1916, the only child of the late William W. and Almeda (Kohler) Braucher, he was raised in Kutztown and was a graduate of local public schools. He later attended and graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio and in 1941 received his masters degree in social work from the Boston  University School of Social Work.  He met Sheila at the  beginning of their first year of graduate school and married her just before the start of the second year. For two years he worked as a case worker for the St. Louis Family & Children’s Services, then in 1943  he entered  U.S. Army serving as a Sergeant and psychiatric social worker at Camp Butner, North Carolina. Following his honorable discharge,  he took a job as the Home Service Director for the Red Cross in Lawrence. For eleven years he served as Executive Director Worcester Children’s Friend Society. For the next twelve years he served as the Executive Director of Children’s Village in Hartford, Connecticut, retiring in 1982. He then was employed as an interim director with the Harford Community Mental Health Center in Hartford.

Throughout his professional career he also served as a Secretary with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, was an Advisory Board member with the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare, served as President of Massachusetts Conference on Social Services, was a member of Massachusetts Committee on Children and Youth, and was President of the Northeast Regional Conference of Child Welfare League of America and of Connecticut Associations of Child Caring Agencies.

Mr. Braucher was also a Goldstar member of the National Association of Social Workers, a member of the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club, Friends of the Ipswich Library, Ipswich Historical Society and a longtime and devoted member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Gloucester where he served on the church council.  In addition to his devotion to family and his work he  retained a strong connection with his Pennsylvania Dutch heritage through family, friends and the Kutztown Historical Society. Warren was a true gentleman and his caring attitude won him the love and loyalty of many.

He is survived by two sons, William M. Braucher and his wife Nannette of West Newton and John W. Braucher of Gloucester; three daughters, Julie F. Pierce of Ashland, OR, Mary Muckenhoupt and her husband Neil of Chaplin, CT and Sarah Braucher Manzo and her husband Lenny of Essex; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A memorial funeral service will be 10:30 am, Saturday November 27, 2010 in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington Street, Gloucester. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to North Shore ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens), 64 Holten Street, Danvers, MA 01923.

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