Lorraine E. Brandenburger

June 5, 1930May 14, 2011

Lorraine E. Brandenburger, nee Smitt, 80, of Belleville, Illinois, born June 5, 1930 in Renault, Illinois, died Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Willowcreek Rehab and Nursing Center in Belleville, Illinois.

Lorraine enjoyed Camping and Traveling. She was a member of the Tamarac Chapter of the National Campers and Hikers Association, Broad Hollow Grange, and a life member of the Union Elementry School P.T.A.

She was preceded in death by her husband whom she married on June 3, 1951, Roy J. Brandenburger, her parents, Otto and Cecelia, nee Bequette, Smitt, two brothers, Melvin and Raymond Smitt, a sister, Judy Smitt, and a son-in-law, Charles Brimm.

Surviving are her two daughters, Deborah Brimm of Dupo, Illinois, and Donna (Chuck) Kadlec, of Swansea, Illinois, four grandchildren, Lisa Kadlec, Michael (Christina) Kadlec, Ryan Kadlec, and Douglas (Alicia) Brimm, three great grandchildren, Leah Brimm, Lucy Flynn, and Isabella Kadlec, six brothers, Charles (Marie), Norman, Delbert, Donald (Lola), Vernon, and Ronald (Charlotte) Smitt, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be offered at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, May 16, 2011 at Lake View Funeral Home with her grandson, Douglas Brimm officiating. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois.


  • Visitation Sunday, May 15, 2011
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 16, 2011

Lorraine E. Brandenburger

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Bob & Darlene Tanner

May 17, 2011

We knew Lorraine thru NCHA or FCRV for many years. She was fun to be around and was always ready to help. Sorry for your loss. We are members of the A-WA-WE-GO Camping Club of Du Quoin. You all have our deepest sympathies.

Michael Shackelford

May 16, 2011

My condolences to friends & familys of beloved Lorraine. Our family used to camp with her & Roy. She was always a sweet woman & will be dearly missed. May she rest in heaven in peace with Roy. God Bless.

dennis baldridge

May 16, 2011

you are in our thoughts and prayers,life moves so fast.god will show his blessing to all.

Barbara Shackelford

May 16, 2011

Dear Debbie & Donna, I was so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I have many wonderful memories of camping with her & your dad Roy. The Tamaracs & Waterloo Freewheelers got together many times while camping at state & national campouts. She will be missed.

May 16, 2011

Dear Debbie and Donna,
You have my deepest sympathies upon your loss. I have such wonderful memories of your mom. She was kind and gentle, always welcoming me into her home, always with a smile. She worked hard to see that her daughters saw as much of this country as you could cover and I have always admired that. Her spirit lives on in all the hearts she touched.
Kim Shaw Elliott

May 16, 2011

Deb, Donna & Family. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. What a awesome lady. We have many memories of all of you. Good friends were are to come by. Heaven just got another angel. Love you Morse & Mary Lienemann, Kathy McKinnon

Dody Ganim

May 15, 2011

Donna and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I worked at Sycamore Village and helped to take care of your mom last year. My prayers go out to the family at this difficult time.

Dody Ganim