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Melvin E.

Melvin E. Branovan

Of Fox Point, WI and Cape Coral, FL passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Cape Coral, at the age of 71. Mel was a long-time resident of Milwaukee, who came from a family of entrepreneurs. Branovan Shoes is a name most people around town still recall. Mel graduated from Riverside High and began his career in the family business driving the Branovan “Shoemobile” around town visiting factories and shops selling steel-toed boots and shoes. Wanting to expand his own entrepreneurial horizons he built MB Promotions, an advertising promotions business, from the ground up. His huge personality and knack for humor and sales helped to quickly grow his business. His son David soon followed, and Mel had the joy of seeing the next generation of Branovans prosper from something that he created. Inspired by her father, his daughter Julie also founded her own marketing consultancy nine years ago. All who knew Mel will remember him as a spirited man. He loved his five grandchildren, the lake, his boat, dancing, staying fit, and scouting out the best pizza places in the country.

He will be missed by his children David (Marie) Branovan and Julie Krohner, his grandchildren Jordan, Joshua, Jacob, Jenna Branovan and Macy Krohner. He will also be missed by Marsha Branovan, Danielle Berzon and his special friend, Barbara Palubiski as well as many other friends and family. The family would like to thank David for keeping Mel comfortable and in good spirits in his final days.

Graveside service will be held Tuesday, July 9th, 11:00 at Second Home Cemetery, 3705 S. 43rd Street. Friends and family will gather after the service on Tuesday until 8:00 PM and again on Wednesday July 10th from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the David Branovan Residence: 10211 N. La Cresta Drive, Mequon, WI 53092. Please call the funeral home for details 414-276-5122. Memorial donations may be made to the diabetes research foundation, JDRF ( PS: “Bobby Agaahhhh” was here.

Past Comments

Doug Kane

I first met Mel in 1999 when I moved to Manor court. Of course he came over to welcome me to the neighborhood. In the fourteen years that I knew Mel we traveled to Europe twice, spent lots of time together on Manor Court, went out in the evening, and got together many times on Thanksgiving and Passover. It was always enjoyable getting together with him. I considered him a good friend. I missed him when he was in Florida and will miss him in the future.

Marge Keehn

Mel was my next door neighbor for 15 years. 15 years of life’s ups and downs discussed almost daily, in the yard. Politics, religion, food, relationships and the value of lilacs were topics of great debate. He had a dog named Jake. When I would pull into my driveway he would send Jake out to greet me, which became a ritual I found a wonderful gesture of kindness.

I will miss his snowplowed path from his house to mine, so we

could talk in the winter. I will miss his mischief, the offered glass of wine, all his advice on lilacs.

Rest in peace. Mel

I will miss him, and his unique spirit. He was a good friend.

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