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Waltraud "Trudy" Brandel

February 15, 1928 - October 17, 2017

Waltraud ‘Trudy’ Brandel (nee Wilfersegger), of Naples, FL, aged 89, died peacefully in her sleep in Berkeley, IL on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, surrounded by her family following her illness with cancer.  

Trudy was born on February 15, 1928 in Munich, Germany along with her twin brother, Walter to Georg and Veronika (nee Striegel) Wilfersegger, and was the eldest of their nine children. She grew up in Germany during the Second World War enduring many hardships and helping to raise her younger siblings. In 1953, she met Bernard Byron ‘Sonny’ Brandel, a US Military Policeman stationed in Germany. She emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1954 and was married to Sonny in August 7, 1954 in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

Trudy became a beloved and important part of her new American family. She and Sonny moved throughout the Midwest following his career at Montgomery Ward & Co. where he was a successful furniture salesman. They lived in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Sioux City, Iowa, Roselle and LaGrange Park, Illinois. In 1969 she was naturalized as a U.S. citizen. Together they enjoyed their annual fishing trips to Canada, holidays in Las Vegas, trips back to Germany, and weekends at their second home in Pell Lake, WI. In 1987, after Sonny’s retirement, they followed their dream and moved to Naples, FL into a brand-new home in Landmark Estates. Sonny died only a few short months later, leaving Trudy to find her way in a new home and city. She is remembered dearly for her good humor, wonderful cooking, impeccable housekeeping, and gardening skills. She brought so much love, warmth, and many, many fond memories to so many of her family and friends. 

Trudy is survived by her brother, Manfred (Gisela) Wilfersegger of Fürstenstein, Germany, and her sisters, Veronika Kolmich of Bad Aidling, Germany, and Hildegard Klein of Massing, Germany; her sister-in-law, Lorraine S. Ohm of Naperville, IL, and brother-in-law, Donald James ‘Jimmy’ (Marilyn) Brandel of Lake Geneva, WI. Aunt Trudy is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews, and friends who loved her dearly. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Sonny Brandel; her parents Georg and Veronika Wilfersegger, her brothers Walter, Ernst, and Roland, and sisters Ellie and Helga. 

Funeral Information

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:30 AM at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 1450 Green Trails Dr., Naperville.

Future inurnment: Naples Memorial Gardens, Naples, FL.

Arrangements by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville.

For more information, please call (630) 355-0213.

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