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Cook-Walden Funeral Home

6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

Karen S. Brannan

January 13, 1950September 5, 2020
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Karen Sue Tatsch Brannan, age 70, passed away peacefully on September 5, 2020 in Austin, Texas at home with her family after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Karen was born January 13, 1950 in Killeen, Texas to parents Carlyn Schulle and Stanley Tatsch. Karen attended Lockhart High School. She began working for the Austin Independent School District in 1975 and retired after 30 years of service at Anderson High School. Karen was blessed with an amazing work family and found much joy in being of service to her students and their families.

Karen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She married Bobby Brannan in Maxwell, Texas at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church on December 16, 1966 and the couple had 3 children and 2 grandchildren together. She especially loved being Nana to her grandchildren.

Karen was a social and active woman who served her community by leading youth groups at Hope Lutheran Church, served as Girl Scout Troop Leader, she was honored as a lifetime member of the PTA, President of the North Austin Lion’s Club Little League and served as McCallum High School Booster Club President. She will always be remembered as a beloved member of the Austin community who was always willing to be of service when asked.

Karen was preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Leona Schulle of Maxwell, Texas; her parents, Stanley Tatsch of Austin, Texas, Carlyn Grimes and stepfather, Douglas Grimes of Maxwell, Texas; brothers, Douglas Tatsch of Gonzalez Texas, David Wayne Grimes of Maxwell Texas, and sister, Glenda Grimes Brown of Austin, Texas.

Karen is survived by her husband, Bobby Brannan of Austin, Texas; children, Lisa Brannan of Austin, Texas, Brian Brannan of Kerrville, Texas and Shawn Brannan; daughter-in-law, Kim Brannan; beloved grandchildren, Caden Brannan and Morgan Brannan, all of Leander, Texas; sister, Debbie Buice and husband Donnie Buice of Waco, Texas; nieces and nephews, Matthew Buice, Tabatha Schuerg, Lance Tatsch, Travis Tatsch, Chris Tatsch, Robert Brown, and Kristen Johnson; uncle, Clarence Schulle; aunt, Dorothy Bohn as well as many cousins.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., September 11, 2020 at Cook-Walden Funeral Home located at 6100 North Lamar, Austin, Texas 78752. A private funeral is scheduled for family on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Maxwell, Texas; interment will follow at Ebenezer Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Please help honor Karen by making donations to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation.

To leave an online condolence to the family please visit www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Caden Brannan, Active Pallbearer
  • Mark Hubbard, Active Pallbearer
  • David Stanfield, Active Pallbearer
  • Lance Tatsch, Active Pallbearer
  • Matthew Buice, Active Pallbearer
  • Robert Brown, Active Pallbearer
  • David Schulle, Honorary Pallbearer
  • William Schulle, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Darrell Schulle, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Chris Tatsch, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 12, 2020

Memories

Karen S. Brannan

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Millie Ruffin

September 12, 2020

My "heartfelt" sympathy goes out to the Brannan family! Karen was a beautiful soul with a big and loving heart. She will be greatly missed by all those that had the privilege of knowing her. I'm thankful for not only having her as a wonderful neighbor, but for knowing her as a great friend for so many years. Karen, I'll miss you, but I'll see you again! Love, Millie Ruffin

Robert Brown

September 8, 2020

Karen, you were a part of my life for over 12 years. For this I am eternally grateful.
Your struggles are over and you are at peace.
Thank you for the time you allowed me to have with you.

Kristie Jeske

September 8, 2020

Karen, you were a part of my life for 35 plus years and was like a second mom to me. You, Bobby, Lisa and myself (others here and there) made so many wonderful memories eating supper and playing cards late into the night and those memories will be forever remembered in our hearts and minds. I’ll miss you greatly, but I know you’re in a better place and that you’ll be watching over your family and extended family from above. Sending Love, Hugs and Prayers to the Brannan Family. Kristie & Rich Jeske, Horseshoe Bay, Texas

Carol Saberian

September 7, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. There are two small offices to your right if you are standing at the attendance desk in the front office at Anderson High School. Of the two, the one on the right belonged to Karen ... and always will. After she retired as Registrar, many lovely people have held that position or used that office, but it is still, in my mind Karen’s office. Her presence was that powerful. I was a teacher and my three children were students at Anderson while Karen was Registrar there. Our interations with her were frequent. She was a super responsible staff member, an advisor to me, and a friend. We all, Carol Saberian, Amy Prueger, Melanie Mayfield and Michael Saberian, offer our sympathy to her family.

Susan Kaiwi

September 7, 2020

Dear Brannan family:
I am so saddened to hear of Karen's passing. I worked with her for many years at Anderson High School, when she was the Registrar and I was a substitute teacher. I always liked Karen, and missed her after her retirement. I pray that God will comfort your family as you grieve this terrible loss, and give you peace in knowing she is with him in paradise.
Warmest regards,
Susan W. Kaiwi

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