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Lucille Brandenburg, 98

Lucille “Lu” Johanna Otto Brandenburg, 98, of Delano, MN, passed away Nov. 5, 2022.

Devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Lifelong member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano.

She is preceded in death by husband, Loren L Brandenburg, after 44 years of marriage; parents, Robert and Marcia (Willcutt) Otto; and infant brother, Harold.

She is survived by children, Susan (Noel W.) Schwegler, Marcia (Michael, Sr.) Frank, and Michael (Bonnie) Brandenburg; grandchildren, Michael Frank, Jr., Dianne Miller, Kathleen Schwegler, Patrick Frank, Jonathan Brandenburg, and Sarah Schumacher; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

Lu was born in 1924 and raised on the Willcutt family homestead in Independence, MN.

She graduated from Delano Public Schools.

She married Loren “Brandy” Brandenburg Feb. 12, 1942. She spent her early years of marriage building a household and raising their children.

Later, Lu worked in a variety of jobs, most notably several years as secretary and proofreader for the Delano Eagle, volunteer office manager at Mt. Olive School, and Wright County property tax assessor. After retirement, she did volunteer driving and reading to children at the school and the library until her eyesight failed.

Lu may have been traditional in her career, but she broke with tradition in many hobbies, and even drove a very cool vintage white Ford Mustang for a season.

Lu was an avid grouse and deer hunter, and enjoyed many weekends berry picking, snowmobiling, and four-wheeling with her kids and grandkids at the Effie cabin in the woods.

“Gram” taught her grandkids how to roast wieners in a campfire in the snow, how to shoot, and the best way to drive a four-wheeler into a mud puddle to ensure a proper and messy splash. She read and reread the grandkids’ favorite books.

She and Brandy enjoyed camping and motorcycle riding in some of the national parks. She had a sweet tooth for ice cream and jellybeans, which she called “belly jeans,” and many of her birthday and holiday gift bags were filled with them.

Lu earned several black powder shooting trophies. She, with Brandy, was a member of a black powder club they hosted at their home, where they made many wonderful memories and longtime friends.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano. Visitation will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. before service. Inurnment will take place at Mt. Olive West Cemetery.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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