Obituary of Sally H. Braun
Sally Hawks Braun
On November 9, 2019, Sally Hawks Braun was reunited in heaven with the love of her life, Darryl. The two were inseparable for over 50 years and were known to most in the area as "Sal & Darryl" or "Aunt Sal and DB."
Sally was preceded in death by her parents Richard and Katharine Hawks and husband, Darryl. She is survived by her siblings Mary Hawkins, Anne Schneider, Katharine Brahm, Richard (Linda) Hawks, Jr., Laura Leinen, Thomas (significant other Michelle) Hawks, II, and sister-in-law Barb Hawks as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was also predeceased by brothers-in-law Bruce Hawkins, Daniel Schneider, John Brahm III, Douglas Leinen, and sister-in-law Debra Hawks.
Sally was a graduate of Naples Central School, Class of 1966. She attended Cazenovia, SUNY Brockport and SUNY Geneseo to obtain her teaching certification. Her career started as a teaching assistant to Mrs. Eddy. She mentored and sponsored several teachers at Naples, showing them the ropes and inspiring numerous future teachers. She retired after more than 35 years at the district. Hundreds of students from Naples learned lessons from Mrs. Braun that they carry with them today and proudly boast that she was their favorite.
A behind-the-scenes wizard, Sally shared her energy and talents in numerous activities outside the classroom. Whether Operation Santa or Olympics of the Mind, she was always there to assist in whatever way she was needed. Along with some of her best friends, Judy Kaminski and Sue Widmer, Sally created "epic" 3rd Grade plays and productions. She decorated the activity calendars for the Continuing Care Center and loved to participate in the F.F. Thompson Guild events. She was a member of the Board of Managers for the Ontario Children's Foundation, a charity that traces its roots back to some early Hawks ancestors.
Darryl and Sally brought joy and laughter everywhere they went whether they were planting trees at the then-new Elementary School, bowling at Locust Lanes or hanging out with the gang at Bristol Harbour. They treasured their animal companions of which there were many. They also loved to travel to warmer climates, enjoying sand, surf and sunsets. They adventured to Alaska and recount that experience as one of their favorites along with St. Martin and Charleston.
The family will hold a celebration of the lives of both Sally and Darryl at Parrish Hill Barn, 5325 NY-245 in Naples at 1pm on Saturday, November 23rd. It won't be formal (honoring both Sally & Darryl's wishes), but it will be an opportunity to celebrate the amazing people that brought such light to our lives.
If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to:
Ontario County Humane Society (Happy Tails), 2976 County Rd. #48, Canandaigua, NY 14424 (www.ontariocountyhumanesociety.org)
Hospeace House, 7824 County Road #33, Naples, NY 14512 (www.hospeacehouse.org)
F. F. Thompson Foundation - Hawks Emergency Department, 350 Parrish Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424 (www.thompsonhealth.com/FFThompsonFoundation)
Arrangements by Baird-Moore Funeral Home, Naples, NY