DEERFIELD — Connie Sue Braun, 71, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.
She was born July 20, 1947, in Boise City, Okla., to Louis Zirkel, Sr. and Bonnie (Collins) Zirkel.
She grew up in Garden City and graduated from Garden City High School in 1965.
On March 16, 1968, she married Richard L. Braun in Garden City. They lived in Chicopee, Mass., for a short time, before moving to Deerfield in 1970. They have lived in Deerfield since.
A farm wife and homemaker for most of her life, she also worked as a bank teller and later for many years for Deerfield schools, where she retired in 2013. She was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church of Deerfield, the Capsula Club of Deerfield, served for many years on the election board, and also served as a scout leader. She enjoyed puzzles and games, telling jokes, watching her family member’s sporting events, and was an avid KU basketball fan.
Survivors include her husband of the home; four children, Bonnie Bribiesca, of Holcomb, Elizabeth Dillinger and husband, Brent, of Missouri Valley, Iowa, Lisa Braun and wife, Susan Cooper, of Lawrence, and Jeff Braun, of Fremont, Neb.; a brother, Dennis Zirkel, of Wichita; two sisters, Diana Pfeifer, of Holcomb, and Donna Batt, of Pueblo West, Colo.; six grandchildren, Jon Dillinger, of Lawrence, Patrick Dillinger, of Missouri Valley, Timothy and wife, Rebekah Dillinger, of St. Louis, Wesley Dillinger, of Missouri Valley, Sarah Dillinger, of Missouri Valley, and Jescie Bribiesca, of Holcomb; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Louis Zirkel Jr.
A vigil service and rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lakin. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, also at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Deerfield Cemetery in Deerfield.
Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin.
The family suggests memorials be given to The Assistance Fund (Pulmonary Hypertension Copay Assistance Program), in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Lakin, 508 N. Main St., P.O. Box 91, Lakin, KS 67860. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com.