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Charlotte (Char) Sbraggia

June 16, 2020 | 37 comments

Charlotte (Char) Sbraggia, was born January 12, 1945 to Phyllis and Charles Timm. She grew up in Mindoro with her brother Chuck (Rhonda) Timm and sister Charlene “Chub” Timm. Char passed away at her home on June 14, 2020 surrounded by her husband of 53 years, Bob Sbraggia and their two sons Tony (Nancy) Sbraggia and Rob (Crystal) Sbraggia.  Char was extremely proud of her sons and three grandchildren, Montana, Tucker and Maya. She loved nothing more than to support them in the activities that they enjoyed.

Beyond her family, Char will be most remembered for her unique nursing career. Following nursing school, she became a member of the neonatal nicu nursing staff at St. Francis Hospital of La Crosse. For many years, she helped guide countless premature babies and their families through their first days of life only to be reminded of her impact years later by way of letters and visits from the babies and their families. Following her years at the hospital, Char moved her career to the Melrose-Mindoro School District where she served as school nurse until she retired in 2012. Many would agree that Charlotte’s good works extended past her paid positions and volunteer time as a Farmington First Responders. One would be hard pressed to find someone living in Mindoro that has not been fixed up, stitched up or set straight by Char Sbraggia at least once in their life. For many, her comfortable, no nonsense approach to care prompted them to call 3007 before 911. Char loved Mindoro and the people that live here and it showed.

In between her works, Char shared beautiful, fun memories with THE best friends. From bowling tournaments, parties, coffee table chats, and casino runs, Char loved her friends as fiercely as she did her family. Their unwavering support helped to put a smile on her face up to the very end and there is no doubt that she is now laughing of their stories with her sister, Chub and parents, Charles and Phyllis Timm that had left before her.  Simply put Char was a beautiful person that had a beautiful life and she will be dearly missed by those that knew her.

Friends are encouraged to join the family for a celebration of life on Friday, June 19, 2020 from 5pm – 8pm at the old Mindoro Elementary building located at N8244 County Road C, Mindoro, WI 54644.




  1. Debbie (Laub) Giesler

    So sorry to hear of Chars passing. Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.

    • Kathy

      She was a beautiful friend since I moved to La Crosse in 1969. I worked in peds with her. She had a good sense a humor, when our Janell was born, she didn’t think she look like us. Janell was a red hair so she would fit in her family and she wanted a girl. Just kidding. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    • Dick and Barb Bedessem

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    • Dick and Barb Bedessem

      Bob and family, we are sorry for your loss. OUR PRAYERS are with you at this time. We pray that the Lord comforts you.
      Cousin Dick and Barb

    • mary linden

      So sorry to hear of Chars , passing. Many fun nights bowling at coulee. Prayers for all the families

      • Kari Johnson

        I love this picture of Char!

        There are no words to express how much Char meant to me…I learned so much from her at MMSD and we had so many wonderful talks. She was always supporting Sophia and me.

        Godspeed, Char. Laughing with Chub once again. ❤

      • Dennis

        Bob, Rob & Tony
        So sorry to hear of Char’s passing .
        God bless you and our prayers go out for you.

  2. Jes Tenner

    Very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful woman.

  3. Angie lockington

    So sorry for your loss prayers to your family she was a wonderful lady and will be missed

  4. Kim ransom

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  5. Cathy Skoy

    Bob and family, Please know how much I loved Char. We had lots and lots of years of long talks and fun. I will miss her big heart and wonderful smile.So so sorry for your loss.

  6. Dea Hertzfeldt

    I’m sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for the family.

    Dea Hertzfeldt

  7. Bob and Eileen Collins

    So sorry to hear about Char and sorry that we will be out of town on Friday and will miss her celebration.

    • Mary N D Matanane

      My deepest sympathy to Char’s family. As a classmate at St. Francis, she always demonstrated compassion and professionalism. She was an outstanding classmate and had a dry sense of humor. Praying for friends and family. 🙏🏼
      Mary Duenas Matanane
      AKA Guamie

  8. Sandra Asleson

    CHAR was an inspiration to any one that knew her, her spirit will live forever. Very proud to have worked with her n the family.

  9. Angie Horge

    I’m so sorry to hear of Char’s passing. She was indeed a great lady. I will always have fond memories from the bowling days with her and Chub.

  10. Robin Helman

    Sorry to hear of Chars passing. I enjoyed the years of bowling with her and her sister.
    Robin Helman

  11. Cindy Delphey

    Char will be very missed. She had a huge impact on my daughter’s well-being, during her school days. I could never express enough gratitude to Char for this. Condolences to the family and to her close friends. May she now rest in God’s loving arms.

  12. Jon Berns

    Growing up in a small town, we shared everything…including our families. Char was one of my favorite “moms” and I am blessed to have had her in my life. Thanks for sharing her Tony and Rob. My heart is with you guys, your families, and Bob. God Bless.

  13. Dewey and Judy (Dahl) Stensrud

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Love and prayers coming you way.

  14. Terry Young

    Dear Bob and family, our hearts are sad and heavy after hearing of Char’s passing. Debbie’s and my last memory of Char was that of seeing her at menards one day on our way out. We enjoyed a nice conversation with her as always. We hope that all the countless memories of the last 53 years will help heal your hearts. You all have our sincere condolences. Terry and Debbie Young

  15. Betty Thiele

    Char was always fun and helpful in my early days of bowling. Good person. I will miss her.

  16. Karen Boardman

    My deepest sympathy to all of the family. I knew Char when I worked at the hospital. Great nurse, great friend & always fun to just talk with her. She truly was proud of her family. May she rest peacefully in God’s heavenly arms.

  17. Carla (Johnson) Dvorak

    So sad to see this, I knew Char through Blonde, Her O.B. described her to a T
    . I to reached out to Char with a baby question 36yrs ago, she made this new mom feel reassured. Big hugs to all.

  18. Sacia Andersen

    I’m heartbroken! 💟

  19. Jerry and Judy Nevala

    Sorry to hear this news we have known Char for 60 years Great fun lady Our hearts are filled with sadness.Love and prayers

  20. Linds Hilton

    I worked with Char in the NICU. She was a great nurse. Reading her obituary it described her perfectly. So many lives touched by her. My sincere sympathy to all her family.

  21. Sue kline

    I worked with char in the NICU….. she was a great nurse … and co-worker…. 5 of us did annual Brewer trips…. until everyone got so busy with families… also bowled with her( on a different team…. and not near as well)…. got to stay in touch over the years….. so sad for her family…. and her friends… prayers to all !!! God bless !

  22. Toni

    So sorry for your loss.

  23. Ruth and Harlan Wills

    Dear Bob, and family. I am sorry to hear of the passing of my dear friend Char. I have fond memories from nursing school, living behind Ray’s Bar and your wedding. May she rest in peace.

  24. Deena

    I’m sorry to hear of Char’s passing. I enjoyed bowling with Char and the crew for many, many years. She always made me feel welcomed. God Bless

  25. Linda Knudtson & Mike

    So sorry to hear about Char’s passing. She will be missed by many, many people.

  26. Kathy Danielson

    Tony & family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I always remember your mom laughing and smiling.

  27. Hannah

    So sorry to hear of Char’s passing. Sending love to the family. Char was truly an amazing women.
    Love Hannah

  28. Vicki Dahl

    I am sorry for your loss. I will never forget Char and the care she gave my premature son. He is now 40. I told him how wonderful she was as his nurse for the three long months he was in the hospital.
    She will be dearly missed by many people. May God help you all during the grieving of your loved one.


    To Bob and all the Family-My sincere sympathy to all of you. Char was (among many other things) a neighbor, friend and a nurse that all would strive to be. She and I go back to the days of playing the clarinet together in the MHS Band. She was always fun and full of energy!


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