|Birth: ||Mar. 3, 1930|
|Death: ||May 1, 2004|
King of Prussia
PARENTS: Nelson Leon Braconnier and Cecilia Josephine Mahaney
1st WIFE: Helen B. Graham, married July 1, 1949 in Forestville, Prince Georges Co., MD.
Rene C. Braconnier
Douglas W. Braconnier
Scott A. Braconnier
Graham S. Braconnier
2nd WIFE: Fredericka Ann Simon
MARRIAGE RECORD: This Certifies that Leo Braconnier and Fredericka Simon were united in Holy Matrimony at The First United Methodist Church, Washington, Kansas on the twenty eighth day of August 1976, according to the ordinance of God and the laws of the State of Kansas. Minister: Rev. Wm. Thilkoff. Witnesses: Annette Mustard & Lawrence R. Pugh.
OBITUARY: LEO A. BRACONNIER, 74
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - Leo A. Braconnier, 74, died May 1 at his home in King of Prussia, PA. He leaves his wife of 27 years, Fredericka A. (Simon) Braconnier; two sons, Douglas W. Braconnier of Tampa, Fla., and Scott A. Braconnier of Carrollton, Texas; one daughter; Rene C. Braconnier, and her husband, the Rev. Steven Souther of Kingman, Kan.; four grandchildren, Ashley Souther, Kimberly Souther, Samuel Souther and Erin Braconnier, one brother, John F. Braconnier of Westtown, Pa.; one aunt, Irene (Braconnier) Butcher of East Brookfield; and many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was predeceased in death by one son, Graham S. Braconnier.
The son of Nelson Leon (Braconnier) Brown and Cecilia (Mahaney) Braconnier, he was born in Worcester and was an honorary graduate of David Prouty High School. He was a resident of King of Prussia, Pa., for the past 19 years.
Mr. Braconnier worked for the General Electric Co. as a systems engineer, retiring in 1990. Prior to that, he worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, EROS Data Center, in Sioux Falls, S.D. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 23 years of service, serving in many areas of the world.
An active member of the Valley Forge Presbyterian Church, Mr. Braconnier also belonged to the 59'ers Retirement Group, the Upper Merion Senior Service Center, Clowns of America, Clowns'R Us and the World Clown Association. He was a past master of the Joppa Lodge, No. 35 AF & AM., Washington, D.C., in 1959, and belonged to the American Legion Post 23 in Garretson, S.D., and the Upper Merion AARP. In addition, he was a volunteer at Montgomery Hospital in Norristown, PA.
In 2003, Mr. Braconnier received the Mercy Courage Award for Personal Achievement from the Mercy Health Care Ministries and the Sisters of Mercy, for working with hospitals and senior living centers as a clown of either "Nurse Nifty" or "Antoine," bringing a smile to one at a time. He began clowning after his heart transplant in 1995, a promise he gave to his Lord if he survived.
The memorial service was held at Valley Forge Presbyterian Church in King of Prussia, Pa. Interment was private at the request of the family. The Bacchi-Courtney Funeral Home, Ltd., Bridgeport, Pa., directed arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Valley Forge Presbyterian Church, 191 Center Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406; or to the Montgomery Home Care/Hospice, 25 West Fornance St., Norristown, PA 19401; or to Mercy Helath Foundation, 1 West Elm St., Conshohocken, PA 19428.
Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) and Philadelphia Daily News (PA) - May 7, 2004
Leavenworth National Cemetery
Created by: Star Rhodes
Record added: Mar 19, 2008
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