Cookie Brauer

June 4, 1928October 10, 2020

Wanda "Cookie" Brauer (nee Koch). Asleep in Jesus - October 10, 2020.

Beloved wife of 69 years to the late William H. Brauer. Cookie was born in Waterloo, Illinois on June 4, 1928 to Alma and Raymond Koch. Cookie graduated from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in 1949 and became a scrub nurse. Over the years she volunteered in many organizations including the Red Cross. Cookie loved her church and served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was active at Word of Life Lutheran School and served as chairman of the School Board. Cookie put the Lord first in everything she did. She exemplified what it means to be a child of God. She was a friend to all and a stranger to none. She was always there to provide comfort, guidance and love to whomever and whenever they needed it. Cookie was dearly loved by everyone she knew. Cookie loved to play games, including bridge, poker, rummy, Upwards, Boggle and many more. She loved eating out, especially when lamb, lobster or crawfish were involved. She loved to watch hockey and any game show! Bill and Cookie’s summer cottage in Minnesota brought her much joy! Cookie was a beloved wife, an endearing mom, and adoring grandmother and great grandmother. Whether you called her Mom, Momma, Grandma, G-ma, or Oma, she was there to plan time for fun activities, there when you were hurting, ready to listen and offer advice and guidance when needed.

Cookie will be missed by her loving family and children Gayle (James) Truesdell, William (Jackie) Brauer, Nancy (Terry) Grzybowski, Diane (Tim) Saleska, and Robert (Melanie) Brauer, along with 20 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren. We will all miss you Mom! How wonderful it is to know you are in Heaven with Jesus, reunited with Dad (who has been waiting for you) , and your family and friends. We will see you again!

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Timothy Lutheran Church or Family Shield Ministries (P.O. Box 230015, St. Louis, MO, 63123). Visitation Wednesday October 14, 9 am at Timothy Lutheran Church, 6704 Fyler Avenue. Funeral service begins at 10 am. Service will be live streamed at


  • Timothy Lutheran Church, Family Shield Ministries


  • Visitation - Wednesday

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

  • Funeral Service - Wednesday

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

  • Committal Service - Wednesday

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020


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Gayle Truesdell

October 14, 2020

I was the firstborn and I got to share all those “firsts” with her. I remember that she and Dad took me to college in Cape Girardeau and stayed for THREE days. I was the first of her three brides and the first one to make her a grandma. I remember the summers at the lake when we went hunting for agates in the lake and I remember the night she reeled my hair into her fishing reel in her excitement to bring in the fish! I will always remember her laugh and the silly things she did to entertain us in the car on trips, especially Herbert, the mountain lion. I am blessed to have known and loved her for 68 years.

I will miss my mom but I know that she is where she longed to be— in heaven with Jesus and my dad.

I love you Mama!


Nancy Grzybowski

October 13, 2020

Dear Ma, you always let me know you love me
In so many different ways and you always made me feel special with encouragement and praise. You were always there when I needed you to comfort and to care and even though geographically we were miles apart, your love was captured in my heart ❤️ and followed me everywhere! I couldn’t be any prouder of you Ma and this is true, not only are you my special mother, but you have been my dear friend too.
You are precious to me Ma since the beginning of my life at its start and it’s been a privilege to be your daughter dear Momma of my ❤️
I grew up to be a mother full of wisdom, warmth, confidence, strength, humor, imagination, creativity, and a strong faith in Jesus all wrapped up in love because you are my role model, a blessing to me from God above!
Thank you Momma for all you have done and for giving so generously! Momma there just are not words to express what through the years of experiences with you have meant through the years to me! So many memories!
All my love,
Nanook of the North
Goatie Marie
Say Hi and give Daddy a big kiss for me!

Diane Saleska

October 12, 2020

Dear Momma,
Your were my very first friend and I am grateful for the friendship that blossomed over the years. You loved me so completely and taught me how to love others. What an example you have been and a hard act to follow. I am joyful that you and Papa are together once again! At the same time my heart weeps as I will miss your smiling face every morning. Not a day will go by that I don’t think of you- your silly songs, the way you whistled in the morning, the flea markets, Pine Peaks shopping, the way EVERYBODY always knew you, but mostly the sound of your voice and feeling your gentle hugs. Until I see you again....
Di Debby

Kay Meyer

October 12, 2020

Cookie, you have been a great friend to me and so many others. Your love for family and friends was abundant. You served those you loved, as well as the community and the church. I can hear Bill saying, "Thank God, my bride has come to spend eternity with me!" I always loved it when I would call and he would call her his bride. Now they are together again.

We praise the Lord that you now with the Lord you loved so much and enjoying everlasting life.

Until we meet again. Kay Meyer


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