Katheryn Ann Horstman Bratt

18 February, 195521 July, 2020

Katheryn Ann Horstman Bratt February 18, 1955 – July 21, 2020 Katheryn (Kathy) Ann Horstman Bratt died peacefully on Tuesday morning July 21 in Omaha, NE after a tremendously brave battle with cancer. She was surrounded by close family and friends as she completed her final journey to be with our Lord. Beloved mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, cousin, aunt, godmother, and friend to many, Katheryn dedicated her entire life to helping all whom she could along her path. She spent 44 years teaching at the elementary level (Head-Start, 2nd Grade, and Kindergarten) in the Lincoln Public Schools with most of her career being at Huntington Elementary. She served not only as a classroom teacher, but also as a mentor to many aspiring teachers. Katheryn served as a tireless advocate for voiceless children on the Foster Care Review Board. Kathy retired in 2019 to spend more time with and to teach her grandchildren. Kathy was an avid sports fan and spent many hours driving to and from sporting events for her two children and grandchildren. She NEVER missed a game. Kathy was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents Ronald R. Horstman and Alice Hoag Horstman, and nephew Luke Andrew Wienckowski. She is survived by her ex-husband Larry Bratt, her two children Kristina Alicia Bratt and Nicholas Horstman Bratt (Kelsi), two grandchildren Addison Lucile Bratt (11) and Aiden Horstman Bratt (6), an uncle, Larry Horstman (Patti), a nephew, Dr. Matthew Purbaugh (Janine), a niece, Stephanie Hughes (Michael), a great-nephew, Ewan Purbaugh, and three sisters Rhonda Purbaugh (Steve), Mary Alice Horstman, and Barbara Wienckowski (Andrew). Services will be held at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68520 at 10:30 am in the sanctuary on Saturday, August 8th. An outdoor social gathering will be held immediately following at the Purbaugh Estate, 9500 South 56th Street, Lincoln, NE 68516. A private family internment will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, any monetary donations can be made to help the family purchase a memorial bench. If you desire, please reach out to Tyler Jackson at


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Amy Frankforter

8 August 2020

Here is a photo of our visit together right after Thanksgiving 2019. Kathy has always been so supportive and loving of my three daughters. They call her Aunt Kathy. She came to their graduation parties and even attended their plays and musicals when they were in high school. She always showed love to everyone. During this visit she listened to a song my daughters recorded for her. It was a wonderful visit with a truly beautiful friend.

Erin Feely

8 August 2020

Kathy was my sisters kindergarten teacher and then later went on to teach all 3 of my children and both my niece and nephew. We considered her family as she stayed in touch and checked in on our family. She will be more than missed but we will continue to honor her in continuing to serve and love all people as she did. This photo was at my sons high school graduation party 2 years ago.

Page and Denny Stevens

8 August 2020

We are sending our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the entire family. I loved reading the wonderful tributes from her former students and colleagues. What a lasting legacy she has left.
May loving memories bring comfort and peace to you all in the days and months ahead.
Page and Denny Stevens

Teri Reigert

5 August 2020

I went to grade school with Kathy many years ago. I am sorry to learn of her death. I found a picture of her at my B-day party a long time ago. She is in the front row.

Susan Sturm

2 August 2020

Kathy was my cooperating teacher, when I student taught in her 2nd grade classroom at Huntington Elementary School. She was the best teacher! She taught me well! We remained friends over the years, and I got to celebrate her retirement at her party. She was a beautiful person and I owe a lot of my learning about teaching to her!

Janeen Ward

29 July 2020

Kathy Bratt was a cooperating teacher for many of our practicum students at Southeast Community College. I always enjoyed visiting to see the wonderful model she was giving them. Kathy will be missed. Prayers to her friends and family.

Makayla Windle

28 July 2020

Ms. Bratt was and still is by far my favorite teacher... she had taught Alycia and myself🥺 during my 3rd grade year, I didn't have the best year... 3rd grade was the beginning of my experience with bullying... towards the middle of the school year was when it got really bad😔 and one day I went to Alycia's kindergarten class crying because of the things kids were saying to me... and Ms. Bratt asked me if I would like to be her classroom helper for the rest of the year... so every day at lunch/recess, I went to her class and helped her🥺😭❤ she was truly my rock from 3rd grade to 5th grade🥺😭 Ms. Bratt, you touched my heart in so many ways... you were my school mom when I didn't have my mom to run to😭 this hits home for me... and I'll forever hold you in my heart... I still remember my first day of kindergarten... I started crying because I was scared and my mom had left... as my mom handed me off... you held out your hand and told me everything was gonna be okay and I'd see my mommy very soon... I love you Ms. Bratt... Heaven really gained a beautiful soul🥺😭❤

Bobbie Suggs

28 July 2020

I am truly heart broken. All 3 of my daughter's were blessed to be in her kindergarten class. She prepared them for being 'big kids' and she loved each and every one as if they were her own. At the end of the school year I always had a barbecue at the park to celebrate the next grade and she came to each one of them barbecues over the years. I truly can say that I/we loved her and thought the most of her. She will be truly missed and forever remembered as the best kindergarten teacher in the world. Sending our heartfelt condolences to her family and I am lifting you up in prayers 🙏

Amy Frankforter

28 July 2020

I taught with Kathy at Huntington in one way or another for 10 years. We co-taught in the same kindergarten classroom for 2 of those years. That is when we became BFFs! One of the students asked me one day (when Kathy and I were probably finishing each other’s sentences—again) if She was my BFF. We both giggled and said of course! That’s when we had a name for it, but our close, respectful, loving friendship began long before that day.

I miss her so very much. She mentored so many students, parents and teachers along the way—her impact in education certainly spans the country, if not the globe with as many people as she has helped and loved throughout her life and career.

I love you, my BFF!

Liz Bauer

28 July 2020

On her last day of school, they had all the people in the gym that been her student, stand up. There were SO MANY adults and parents and kids that stood! Then, one child ran up to hug her and then everyone else just rushed to her. It was unplanned and so beautiful to witness. My kids did not have her as a teacher, but I saw her every morning when I was dropping off my kids at school and she was so kind. Always had a smile on her face.


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