Traci Brammer of Tabernash, lost her courageous battle with cancer on a beautiful, bluebird day, March 9, 2014.
Traci was born on July 19, 1971, in Lansing, Kan. She spent her childhood years in Wisconsin. Before graduating from Janesville Craig High in 1989, she traveled as a Rotary Foreign Exchange Student to Finland. She then went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1993 with a degree in Recreation Management and Sociology.
With plans to stay for a ski season, she and a close friend made their journey to the great state of Colorado. Her first job at Timberhouse Ski Lodge in Winter Park provided her with wonderful, lifelong friends and the desire to stay in Colorado longer than a season. She worked maintenance at Pole Creek Golf Course in the summer and taught skiing and snowboarding at Winter Park Resort in the winters, where she met the love of her life, John. She quickly realized that her short trip to Colorado would become a permanent stay.
Traci and John were married in 2000 at Columbine Point at Snow Mountain Ranch. Their beautiful daughter Kylee Brynn Brammer was born in 2003. Traci spent the last 14 years working for the Town of Winter Park Public Works Department, a job and employer that she said is the best she has ever had.
A proud part owner of the Green Bay Packers, a heavy equipment operator, fearless Girl Scout Leader, tireless volunteer, Bearded Fat Guys Softball team captain and catcher, animal foster parent, trusted friend and confidant, Traci put her heart into everything she did. Her loss is felt deeply and heavily amongst all who knew and loved her.
Traci is survived by: her husband John Brammer, daughter Kylee of Tabernash, Colo; parents Richard and Bonnie Knutson of Janesville, Wis; brother Tod Blankenship, sister-in-law Luann, nieces Finley and Stella of Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; brother John Knutson, sister-in-law Pam, nephews Mack and Nick, nieces Charlie and Sam of Chicago, Ill; father Mike Blankenship, sisters Cassie and Katie of Lansing, Kan; grandma Ethel Kroshus of Janesville, Wis.; father and mother-in-law Don and Jean Brewer of Frederick, Colo.; father and mother-in-law Ray and Denise Brammer of Longmont, Colo.; sisters-in-law Jill and Jeana Brammer, of Mead, Colo., brother in-law Steve Jones of Mead, Colo,; nieces Jessica Martinez, Mead, Colo., Alex Brammer, Dearborn Heights, Mich., brother-in law AJ Brammer, sister-in-law Aisa of Tennessee.
Traci was preceded in death by her Grandfather, Cliff Kroshus
A Letter from Traci’s Family:
You are a wife, mom, daughter, sister, our friend, our inspiration, our hero. You are loved and you are missed. We trust and pray that the plans for you are big — too big for us to understand. We certainly weren’t ready to give you up. Watch over us and continue to be our rock. We are going to need you to see us through this. For those of us still here, we pray you knew how much you were loved. We will find strength knowing you are here with us in our hearts forever.
A Celebration of Traci’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at the Church of Eternal Hills in Tabernash, Colo. Donations for Traci’s family may be made to the Brammer Family Donation Fund at Wells Fargo Bank, Account Number 6152015910 or Heart of the Mountains Hospice Inc., P.O. Box 140, Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo., 80451. You can leave a condolence for the family, share a story or add a photo to Traci’s book of memories at grandcountymortuary.com. Mark H. Shearon, Funeral Director, Grand County Mortuary and Crematory is in charge of arrangements, 970-725-9010.