Nancy Osborn BRATAAS

St. Paul, Minnesota

1928 - 2014


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Age 86 ~ Rochester Civic Leader Former State Senator Died April 17, 2014 of chronic lung disease. With the help of caregivers at Mayo Clinic and Seasons Hospice in Rochester, and many friends and family members, Nancy outwitted lung cancer for 15 years. Because she had severe emphysema, surgery...

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Dear Anne and Family,

Your mother was a gracious woman. I had the privilege of serving with her for her last six years in the Senate, and remember that she treated all of her colleagues, even those of us who were much younger, with respect and fairness. She was a strong, well-spoken public servant, and a trailblazer for women in public office. Although I haven't seen her very often in the past 20 years, I have fond memories of her. I had hoped to come to the memorial this...

My condolences to and your family and my regrets for not being able to attend the services in St Paul. Nancy and I spent many hours working together in the Senate and I will miss her wit and wisdom. A wonderful gal.
Mel Frederick

Dear Anne and family, What a tremendous legacy your mother leaves for you, and all of us! Thinking lots of her, and you. XO, Pam

Dear Anne - so many hugs to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss but am certain you are finding peace with countless memories of love and laugher, commitment and conviction, happiness and helping, family and friends.

I truly do not remember a time when your mom was not part of the fabric of my life. She has always been such an inspiration to countless girls, women...and men. We (as individuals) and our society are better and stronger because of her. I remember...

Dearest Ms. Anne, words can't fully embrace the depth of my respect for your mom and her truly courageous and hope-inspiring spirit for all. May we continue to translate her ideals for education, diplomacy, service above self, scouting and gardening through our civic leaders, educators and trailblazers. Peace, respect, and caring wishes to you and all.

Anne, Chico and family,
Thanks for sharing the story of a beautiful life. She had an enduring spirit. May these memories last a lifetime.
Donna Kufus

I met Ms. Brataas thru my employer. While I didn't agree with her politics, I found her to be exceedingly charming and a most graceful lady. I was but a small person, but she didn't treat me as such. She is the penultimate example of all a woman can achieve without losing her "self. Rochester has lost a most gracious and revered citizen. My sympathy to her family.

Dear Anne, This is a great send off for your mom. I am sure she is chuckling! Best wishes to you and your family.
From the Ritts Family (and Sue in particular)

Dear Anne, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Your mother was truly one-of-a-kind, and I am so pleased to have had the chance to know her in the adult world, as well as when I was a child. She will be missed and remembered. She leaves behind so many accomplishments, and her legacy lives on. Thinking of you all.