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Nancy Osborn Brataas

1928 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Nancy Osborn Brataas Obituary
A connoisseur of gardens, Nancy loved both formal gardens and wild woodland plantings. Hostas and clematis were special favorites. She devoted great energy to perfecting gardens around her home, welcoming the public each summer to her "Come to the Garden!" open yard event. Her grandchildren remember those same gardens as ideal turf for Nerf wars in a summer haven created by a laughing grandmother who had Legos, puzzles and Playmobil in every closet, train sets improbably stowed in antique brass pots, and who rode her pink tricycle to Soldier's Field swimming pool with them, laughing and panting all the way. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Gail, her husband Jerry, and her son Mark. She is survived by her daughter Anne, her son-in-law Charles Hathaway, their sons Kip and Aaron, all of St. Paul; and her sister Joan Osborn of Norwalk, Conn. Nancy's life will be celebrated in Rochester, details to be announced. Ranfrantz & Vine Funeral Homes is handling arrangements. Much beloved and greatly missed, Nancy and her exuberantly original life will be celebrated at a memorial in Rochester on a date to be announced on www.nancybrataas.org next week. Memorials may be made to Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota Rochester, Clearway Minnesota - or any cause of your choosing that needs help. Nancy was here to help; she believed we all are.
Published in Pioneer Press on Apr. 20, 2014
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