Zoe Braner

Zoe Braner
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Zoe Ann Braner, nee Winkler, 91, of Belleville, IL, born January 29, 1929, in Alton, IL, died Thursday, August 27, 2020, at her home, Cedarhurst of Shiloh, Shiloh, IL.

Zoe was a graduate of Washington University School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse and retired from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL. She was a past-president of the St. Clair County Legal Auxiliary. Zoe was an active member of both St. Peter’s Cathedral and the  Cursillo Group at church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Paul F. Braner, Sr. whom she married on July 14, 1951, and who died on July 3, 2004; her parents, Irby and Jewell, nee Hutchins, Winkler; three sisters, Harriet Winkler, Nancy Kitson, and Jan Lentz; and two brothers, Irby Winkler and William Winkler.

Surviving are a son, Paul (Mary) Braner of Millstadt, IL;
two daughters, Ann (Daniel) Boaz of Belleville, IL, and Mary (Bryan) Rembold of Blue Springs, MO;
eight grandchildren, Victoria and Nicole Braner, Lauren (Nicholas) Williams, Allison (fiancé Matthew Gonzalez) Boaz, Kelli (Jay) Lord, Zoe (Robert) Brown, Madeline (Jordan) Courington, and Grace Rembold;
a great-granddaughter, Vera Brown;
two sisters, Sally Darnell and Jewell (Robert) Williford;
a sister-in-law, Diane (David) Wahlbrink;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Cathedral of St. Peter, Heartland Hospice, or to the Poor Clare Monastery. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

It was Mrs. Braner’s wish that her body be donated to Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

 Funeral:  A memorial mass will be held at a later date.


16 Comments on Zoe Braner

Jane Bonaldi said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2020 at 3:56 PM

I am very sorry for your loss. I knew your Mom for about 40 years thru Lawyers Wives. I last saw her when I went out to dinner with she, Ann and Phylis Nester probably about 2 years ago. Always delightful and beautiful. Peace be with you.

  • Belleville
  • IL 62223
Jeannie Lowry Dempsey said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2020 at 7:24 AM

My sympathy to the Family....When Zoe worked as a nurse for Calvin Johnson Care Center while I was working in business office and I witnessed her kindness and professionalism. Many years later our paths crossed again when she chose St.,Paul's Apartments as her home. I looked forward to seeing her each day. Heaven is graced with her presence.

  • Belleville
  • IL
JUDY KOHLMEIER said : Guest Report Sep 03, 2020 at 10:51 PM


  • ILL
Kent & Linda Jeanneret said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2020 at 11:11 AM

Condolences to Zoe's family. She was such a huge supporter of Cursillo and was always at our weekly groupings. We will miss her in our groupings but Our Lord has a new member in His ultimate grouping in Heaven. God Bless you Zoe. Rest in Peace.

  • New Baden
  • IL
Anna Gabriel said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 6:34 PM

Condolences to all of Zoe’s Family & Friends. She was a Real LADY. Met her @ Cathedral prayer group when I moved here.

  • Swansea
  • IL 62226-4239
Gerald Palmisano said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 12:47 AM

I extend to your our deepest sympathy for your loss. Zoe will be sorely missed. Her light shines above!

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Sally Ann Williford said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 8:39 PM

Many a great year spent at the Braner household. The moped ride and spending time with family was always the best. Glad we (Jewell, Bob and I) got to see you last Year! Will miss you so.

  • Birmingham
  • AL
Vicki W- Catholic & Community said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 12:47 PM

Please accept my sympathy to all of Zoe's family. She was a great lady and I enjoyed my times with her at the CU. I will miss her. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Glenda Sterling said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 12:42 PM

I met Zoe through Legal Auxiliary, probably around 1996 or so and such a sweetheart! We spent several yrs together socializing in that organization. She was a beautiful lady filled with love for God and people, so caring and compassionate. My deepest sympathies to her children and family. May God give you comfort.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
George DeMarse said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 8:08 AM

Ann and Boz, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mrs. Braner was a real gem; a lovely person inside and out. Just like you Ann! Much love, Demo

  • Bethesda
  • Maryland
Jerry Markey said : Guest Report Aug 30, 2020 at 11:10 AM

Paul & Mary, offering my most sincere condolences on the passing of Paul's mother. Jerry Markey

  • Swansea
  • Il
Mary Ann Krausz said : Guest Report Aug 30, 2020 at 10:38 AM

I express my sympathy to the family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Kathy and Bob Roylance said : Guest Report Aug 29, 2020 at 7:42 PM

Please accept our sympathy. As part of the Wolf Branch School PTO and Cathedral family we shared wonderful years together. Though it was many years ago, it stays fresh in our memories. May God bless all of you with peace and comfort at this sad time. The Roylance Family

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Marty and Sue Whelan said : Guest Report Aug 29, 2020 at 2:04 PM

We shed a tear when we heard that Zoe had passed, but then we laughed and smiled about all the great stories of love, caring, inclusion and joy. Our lives are better because of Zoe and Paul! A special prayer for the entire Brainer, Boaz, Rembold family. This great lady has left the world a much better place and we are all grateful for having her in our lives.

  • Alexandria
  • VA
Ann Boaz said : Guest Report Aug 28, 2020 at 7:29 PM

I would also like to express my gratitude to my brother, Paul, who was always there for Mom when she needed a STRONG helping hand- my brother’s tall presence, broad shoulders, and devotion to carry Mom into her next transition we’re always willing and able. Much love to my sister & brother for their support.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Paul Braner said : Guest Report Aug 28, 2020 at 3:43 PM

I would like to express my gratitude to my sisters, Ann and Mary. To Ann, who has for the last several years, been there for Zoe, when the rest of her family could not. And, to Mary, for comforting Zoe through her final hours. You are both so caring, and so strong - just like Zoe. You are truly your mothers daughters. Thank you. I love you. Paul

  • Millstadt
  • IL

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