Carol Brueggemann

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Carol Brueggemann, nee Clausen, 85, of Freeburg, IL, died Thursday, April 21, 2022, and entered the Next Dimension, at her home surrounded by her family.

Carol was born on September 10, 1936, to Victor and Irene Clausen in Elkhart, IN. She was baptized into the Christian faith in 1943. Carol graduated from Elkhart High School in 1954, and married Ed Brueggemann on June 11, 1955. In Elkhart, Carol worked at Drakes and Workinger Electric. She was active and held offices in Elkhart Junior Women’s Club and County and State General Federation of Women’s Clubs.  She re-entered the work force with Poe Products in Grand Rapids, MI, while living in Wyoming, MI for seven years. She also helped re-establish parent’s groups at her children’s school.

Carol and Ed relocated to Belleville, IL in 1970, to start their new business, Brueggemann Draperies, Inc.  She became active at Belle Valley South, Chamber of Commerce, the Exchangettes, and the Elks 481, where she served several years as president of the Elks Ladies Auxiliary. She also served two years as president of the St. Clair County Republican Women and several years as a precinct committeeman. Carol’s greatest joy was time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Brueggemann, who died on September 4, 2006; her parents; a brother, Terry Clausen, who died on December 18, 1973; a daughter, Lisa Brueggemann Salvatore on May 25, 2011; and her corgi, Peanut.

Surviving are her daughter, Kim (Jeff) Weik; a son, Mark Brueggemann; four grandchildren, Holly, Joanna, Abby, and Eric; a great-grandchild, Auggie; a brother-in-law, Sep (Sally) Brueggemann; nieces, nephews; and many friends, including her 4-legged ones.

We love you Mom. Your pies, white cake, and yearly snowman party will be missed!!

The family would like to thank Hospice of Southern Illinois and Amedisys for their tender care.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, the Belleville Area Humane Society, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Abou Ben Adhem
Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An angel writing in a book of gold:—
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the presence in the room he said,
“What writest thou?”—The vision raised its head,
And with a look made of all sweet accord,
Answered, “The names of those who love the Lord.”
“And is mine one?” said Abou. “Nay, not so,”
Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low,
But cheerly still; and said, “I pray thee, then,
Write me as one that loves his fellow men.”

The angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
It came again with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blest,
And lo! Ben Adhem’s name led all the rest.

Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating.

 Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


3 Comments on Carol Brueggemann

Kathy McDade Draper said : Guest Report May 29, 2022 at 3:29 AM

With deepest sympathy, Carol will be dearly missed. She wrote me a family letter.we use to write only at Christmas time but she said, she didn't think that she would make it till Christmas 2022 n wanted to let me know. The last thing in her letter says, my daughter, Kim & husband, Jeff & her son, Mark have been a tremendous blessing! Ed (Carol) is my mom's cousin. She inspired me to start making wreaths after my brain stroke. And everytime I see a lighthouse I think of her. I apologize for my absence at her passing. She will live in our hearts 💕 forever! RIP Carol 🙏

  • Belleville
  • IL
Susie and Bill said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2022 at 7:06 AM

We love “Mrs. Brueggemann”! So many great memories with her. Such a kind and generous person and a great sense of humor. Lover of dogs and people! Always welcoming. She will be missed—our hearts grieve for all who loved her too

  • Appleton
  • WI
Jim Kelleu said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2022 at 1:26 PM

Carol was a wonderful neighbor and friend she will be missed by us and our dog Nanook who loved her also

  • Freeburg

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