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Elaine F. Brammeier

Mrs. Elaine Brammeier of rural Nashville, IL departed this life at her residence on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 2:25 A.M. after courageous battle against cancer. She had attained the age of 73 years, 3 months, and 13 days.

Elaine was born in Breese, IL on January 2, 1948 the daughter of Raymond and Leona (nee Kapp) Ratermann. She was a 1966 graduate of Mater Dei High School in Breese and later attended Belleville Area College where she earned her Registered Nurses degree. Elaine was united in marriage to Gene Brammeier in Breese on June 9, 1972 and he preceded her in death on February 4, 2020.

Elaine was a faithful member of the St. Barbara Catholic Church in Okawville. For several years, she worked as an RN at the Washington County Hospital in Nashville. In later years, she worked as a nurse at Med Express Urgent Care Clinic in Swansea, IL and she also did home health nursing. She loved her flowers and enjoyed tending to her flower gardens. Elaine enjoyed being around children but especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. 

Left to mourn her passing are her three sons, Brian Brammeier and wife Genevieve of Pinckneyville, IL, Michael Brammeier of St. Louis, MO, and Curtis Brammeier of West Palm Beach, FL; three grandchildren, Zoey, Tyler, and Dylan Brammeier all of Pinckneyville; four brothers, Marcellus Ratermann and wife Milly of San Marcos, CA, Alfred Ratermann and wife Virginia of Breese, Cletus Ratermann and wife Debbie of Breese, and Matthew Ratermann and wife Karen of Aviston, IL; a sister, Betty Sligar and husband Bill of Breese; a sister-in-law, Barbara Rattermann of Germantown, IL; numerous nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends. Also surviving is Elaine’s special little buddy, Benjamin Guest.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Andrew Ratermann and Stephen Ratermann.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from the St. Barbara Catholic Church in Okawville on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 with Fr. Tad Gegotek officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. For those not attending, the service can be viewed live on the Campagna Funeral Home Facebook page.

Friends may call at the Campagna Funeral Home of Okawville on Monday from 5 P.M. until 8 P.M. and again on Tuesday from 8 A.M. until 9:30 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home.

Due to Covid-19 health concerns, restrictions will be followed. Face coverings will be required, and social distancing measures will be implemented, with a limited number of visitors in the funeral home at any one time. Please be respectful of time so other visitors may pay their respects to the family.

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