Lucille A. Brass died peacefully at the age of 96 on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Harvest Home assisted living in Howards Grove. Having outlived many of her family members and friends, she was looking forward to her reunion with them and is now where she wanted to be.
She was born on April 2, 1925, to Theodore and Olinda (Pagel) Spindler in the town of Rhine. She grew up as the youngest of 4 sisters. On September 23, 1944, she was united in marriage to Eugene H. Brass at St. Paul Evangelical and Reformed Church in the town of Russell. They farmed together on the farm that Eugene had purchased in 1940. She was an avid gardener and seamstress and was known for her great cooking. She was a loving and supportive wife and mother, cared about other people and was an advocate on their behalf. She often put others before herself.
Retiring in 1986, Lucille and Eugene moved to their new home in Howards Grove. They enjoyed bus trips and playing cards with neighbors and friends. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2009. She was a member of St. John’s U.C.C., Schwarzwald and appreciated her church family. In her later years she spent a lot of time reading, finally having the time to do so.
Lucille is survived by a son, Wayne (Jane) Brass; a daughter, Pearl (Terry) Fritz; grandchildren, Erika (Mike) Celeste, Ben (Abby) Brass, Hillary (Steve) Brass, Maeghan (Wes) Brass, Megan (Greer) Craig, Joe (Chandra) Wellbaum, David Wellbaum, Andrew (Katharine) Wellbaum; 15 great-grandchildren; as well as nieces and nephews. Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene, in 2009; sisters and brothers-in-law, Adeline (Walter) Schlichting, Ruth (Warren) Limberg, Viola (Arno) Knoener; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Elroy (Janet) Brass, Archie (Dorothy) Brass; granddaughter, Celeste Brass; special friend, Harold Henschel; as well as nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 25th at 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s U.C.C., Schwarzwald, W3401 Orchard Rd, Elkhart Lake. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 12:30 until the time of service. Due to the coronavirus, masks will be required, and social distancing advised. A recording of the service will be available at St. John’s U.C.C. and St. Paul’s U.C.C. YouTube channel after September 25th at https://youtube.com/channel/UC0lTK5NwVR-0bzgMxWLNCwg.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be directed to St. John’s U.C.C., Sharon Richardson Hospice or a charity of your choice.
The family wishes to express a special thank you to Pastor Melinda Feller, the staff at Harvest Home, Sharon Richardson Hospice, and supportive family, friends and neighbors.