Charlotte Braniff

December 17, 1938 ~ October 18, 2022

Charlotte F. Braniff, 83, of Houston, MN, died Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at Northcrest Care Center in Waterloo, IA.

Charlotte Braniff

Charlotte Braniff

Charlotte Florence Happel was born on December 17, 1938, in La Crosse, WI to Wesley and Stella (Evans) Happel. Charlotte was raised on South Ridge in rural Houston, MN on the family farm. She graduated from Houston High School and from Winona State University with a degree in elementary education. On March 16, 1963, Charlotte was united in marriage with Larry Braniff. The couple lived in Waterloo, IA for many years. Charlotte taught at Blackhawk, Emerson and Lowell Elementary Schools in Waterloo. Following their retirement, Charlotte and Larry moved back to the family farm on South Ridge. Over the years, Charlotte was very active in 4-H, Girl Scouts, Houston County Historical Society, South Ridge United Methodist Church and the church circle, was President of the Loretta Cemetery for many years, and was the organizer of the Day Valley Country School Reunions.

Charlotte is survived by four children: Frank Braniff of Waterloo, IA, Bonnie (John) Garbes of Cedar Rapids, IA, Nicole Braniff of Waterloo, and Marc Braniff of Rochester, MN; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and by a sister, Yvonne Powasser of Sacramento, CA.

Funeral Service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, October 29, 2022 at South Ridge United Methodist Church with the Reverend Debbie King-Quale officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Friday, October 28, 2022 at Hoff Funeral & Cremation Service – Houston and one hour prior to the service at church. Charlotte will be laid to rest at Loretta Cemetery.

The family prefers memorials directed to the Loretta Cemetery.