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Dorothy "Tootsie" Brannies
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 5, 2011

Dorothy Elizabeth Hartmann Brannies passed away on October 3, 2011, at the age of 88 at her home in Mason, Texas, with her family by her side. Tootsie, as she was known, was born on March 10, 1923, to Rev. A. E. Hartmann and Ella Koch Hartmann in Brenham, Texas. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Brenham where her father was the pastor. On May 3, 1942, she married Everett George Brannies in Navasota, Texas. They lived most of their married life in Mason.She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sister, Anna Sophia Hartmann Wilson, and two brothers, Lt. Arthur Carl Hartmann and Luther E. Hartmann. She is survived by her children, George and wife, KK Brannies and Elizabeth Anne and husband, Dr. David Rosberg, all of Mason. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Melany Canfield and husband, Thom, Megan Bierschwale and husband, Tommy of Mason, Amye Rosberg Reynolds and husband, Mike of Pearland, Alett Rosberg of Round Rock, Dr. Andrew Rosberg and wife, Brooke of Mason, and Aaron Rosberg and wife, Erin of Prescott Valley, Arizona. Additionally, she is survived by nine great-grandchildren; Claudia and Ella Canfield, Lydia, Spencer, and George Whitt Bierschwale, Paige and Jake Reynolds, Davis Rosberg and Elisha Rosberg. Also surviving are nieces Suanne Mahoney and Dorothy Gibson and husband, Bob.Tootsie taught kindergarten for many years in the little building across from the Lutheran Church and is still known as “Teacher” to many of her students. She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she was the secretary for over 25 years. She was instrumental in establishing a thrift shop and bringing the Christmas Luminary drive-through to Ft. Mason Park. She loved working with children and volunteered for many years at Mason Elementary School. To her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren, their friends and the elementary students, she was known as “Nonie.” Tootsie was blessed with a servant’s heart, and she saw the best in everyone. She had a generosity of spirit, and she touched many lives in the community. She woke each day determined to find someone she could help, and this was how she was able to share her love of Christ with others. She was adored by her family and those who came to know her.Services will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church with interment following in Gooch Cemetery. Pallbearers are Andrew Rosberg, Aaron Rosberg, Mike Reynolds, Thom Canfield, Tommy Bierschwale, Casey Callahan, Wade Powell and K. C. Mun. Honorary pallbearers are Chris Habecker, Jack Asbill, Patrick Weber, Delvin Bauer, Pat Avalos, Rodney Jackson, Dubby Johnson and Charles Hoerster. Visitation with the family will be held Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home.The family suggests memorials to Bluebonnet CASA of Mason, the Mason ISD Education Foundation or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.

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