Kathleen Brunsmann

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Kathleen Brunsmann, nee Watson, 63, of Belleville IL, born February 14, 1954, in St. Louis, MO, died Monday, December 4, 2017, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Kathleen, known as “Faf” to most, “mom,” and her most favorite title of all, “Ahma,” to her beloved grandchildren, worked as a court reporter for St. Clair County for over 40 years. She also did freelance court reporting both in Illinois and in Missouri.  Faf was the leader of the Shiloh Women’s Bible Study. She was a 1972 graduate of Triad High School.  Faf was a beautiful woman inside and out, lit up a room with her smile, had a contagious laugh, and most of all, loved her family “to the moon and back.” She will be missed by all who knew her. There is no replacing her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Leeds and Betty, nee Baker, Watson; and the father of her children, Eric Brunsmann.

Surviving are children, Luke Brunsmann of Belleville, IL, and Erin (Stephen) Mitchell of Denver, CO;
her Budder Cake, Leeds, her Buster Brown Eyes, Ezra, and her Squeaker, Coulter Mitchell;
two sisters, Sue (Don) Callahan of Moro, IL,  and Pat (Venita) Maronie of Edwardsville, IL;
two brothers, Jim (Tina) Watson of Sunset Hills, MO;
and Mike Watson of Chicago, IL;
and loving nieces and nephews.

As an extension of her love, memorials may be made to an education fund for her grandchildren in care of Erin Mitchell. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 7, 2017, and from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2017, at First United Presbyterian Church, 1303 Royal Heights Road, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2017, at First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Robert Dyer officiating.



19 Comments on Kathleen Brunsmann

Chief Justice Lloyd A Karmeier said : Guest Report Dec 18, 2017 at 4:50 PM

Luke and Erin, my condolences on the untimely passing of your mother. I had the pleasure of having your mother as my court reporter when I worked in St. Clair County. She was a joy to work with; she was proud of and talked often about her children; she enjoyed life and made life more enjoyable for all who were fortunate enough to know her.

  • Nashville
  • IL
Gary & Pat Scheller said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2017 at 11:24 PM

Sue, Pat, Jim, Mike,your families and Faffy's family our sincere sympathy. Fond memories of times together (1968-1978) while Gary was pastor of Troy Methodist Church.

  • Highland
  • IL
Jaci Shofner said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2017 at 5:45 PM

Luke and Erin, I am so sorry to hear for your loss. This is the only time I wish I was on social media to be able to reach out. My heart is with your family as you go through this time. Your mother was always very sweet to me and I remember her fondly. My mother shared the video with me from FB - that is exactly how I remember her - so sweet and fun and loving! Wish i could hug your necks. Again, prayers being sent your way. Much love, Jaci

  • Belleville
  • IL
Cindy Stead said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2017 at 2:49 PM

Michael, my deepest sympathy to you and your family on the lose of your sister. I didn't know her but I know you and she sounds like a wonderful person, like you are. I hope you find comfort in this time of need, knowing she is in a better place. It is never easy when you lose a loved one but having a loving family is what can get you through it. Again my condolences to you and your family.

  • Chicago
  • IL
Lee Family said : Guest Report Dec 09, 2017 at 4:25 PM

We have the honor of living across the street from Kathy for ten years. She was a wonderful person. It was our privilege to know her.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Diane Suter said : Guest Report Dec 08, 2017 at 12:30 AM

Kathy, Kathy, Kathy. What a class act! What a JOY to know. What a better place she made this world. What a void will be left. Words certainly don't do justice in expressing my heartfelt sympathy to her dearest family and friends, which she loved ever so fiercely. Luke and Erin, you were her heart and soul. Her eyes lit up and her voice always full of enthusiasm when talking about you two. She was a proud momma! Oh so proud! Please know I carry you in my heart and lift you up in prayer during this difficult time as you navigate this world without her physical presence. I am confident her spirit will gift you every day. No words to adequately describe the woman she was. I know you know. She will be missed. I am so fortunate God saw fit to cross my path with Kathy....

  • st. louis
  • MO
Leslie and Jeff Allan said : Guest Report Dec 08, 2017 at 12:15 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. I remember hearing such wonderful things about her. Prayers are with you and your family.

  • Lake Saint Louis
  • Missouri
Mary Shaner said : Guest Report Dec 07, 2017 at 5:13 PM

Our family should not be without this beautiful light. She has always been one to check in on us and make sure we are ok in times we are struggling. She was one of the most wonderful mother's I know and her children are just like her. I love them both so much. I hurt for their loss. She will be missed by us all. I love you Faf... I'll always have....xoxo

  • Sarasota
  • FL
Mark Pekarek said : Guest Report Dec 06, 2017 at 11:23 PM

So sorry to hear this. The words in the obituary about being impossible to replace is heart-breakingly true. My deepest sympathies to family and friends.

  • Warrenville
  • IL
BARB Maher said : Guest Report Dec 06, 2017 at 4:05 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss! Your Mom was truly an example of a Christian woman and I will never forget her sweet spirit and infectious smile! I met your Mom about 17 years ago at Central Pres and I was blessed to have known her. Just know that God is with you as you feel the loss and always remember to continue to celebrate her life!

  • Chesterfield
  • MO
Maureen Hanks said : Guest Report Dec 06, 2017 at 4:01 PM

My sympathy to all her loved ones. Faffy was one of a kind. Rest In Peace

  • Manito
  • Il
Bridget Bundt said : Guest Report Dec 06, 2017 at 3:40 PM

My Sincere condolence to Kathy's family during the time of deep sorrow. Kathy was and I believe still IS a wonderful and beautiful child of GOD. I had the pleasure of attending her Bible Study classes. Her light shines brighter in Heaven as she Brightened our classes with her great insight of the awesomeness of God's Greatness. While we grieve her loss, I know she must be dancing on the clouds. ONE DAY we shall meet again.. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN of GOD!!! With Love, Bridget Bundt

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
JACK CAREY said : Guest Report Dec 06, 2017 at 3:33 PM


  • IL
Judge Milton Wharton said : Guest Report Dec 06, 2017 at 12:19 PM

I had the pleasure of Kathy serving as my court reporter for many years. She was a Christian in the truest sense of the word. She freely shared her bounty and volunteered her services to uplift the less fortunate. Some take particular joy at being amused by other people; however, Kathy got the biggest kick out of laughing at herself. My life has been and will continue to be enriched by living spirit of this remarkable woman.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mitzi (Spengel) Alemond said : Guest Report Dec 06, 2017 at 11:34 AM

I am in total disbelief, my heartfelt sympathies go out to all her family and those that loved and adored her. Faf was one of a kind, and I hold dear many happy fun memories I had with her. May God place his hands on you for strength and peace.

  • Foley
  • Alabama
Cyndee Rose said : Guest Report Dec 06, 2017 at 6:54 AM

My deepest sympathies go out to each of you in Faf's family. Wishing you the peace and strength that you seek during this sad time. She will live in your hearts forever.

  • Amsterdam
  • The Netherlands
Lori Holshouser said : Guest Report Dec 06, 2017 at 3:13 AM

Faffy,as I used to call her, was more than one of my favorite big sisters growing up. She always watched out for me and my younger brother. We have always been close with their family and I loved her with all my heart. Just one more angel to look out for us. You will be greatly missed here but I know you are where you need to be to do more good! Remembering Your laugh alone will always bring great joy to me! Rest In Peace my friend!

  • Edwardsville
  • Illinois
CHRISTIAN STEPHEN said : Guest Report Dec 06, 2017 at 1:50 AM

Really sad news My condolence and quick resignation for all the family and friends. Att mike's friend :(

  • Mexico city
  • Distrito federal
Kelli Goodwin Anderson said : Guest Report Dec 06, 2017 at 12:35 AM

Our deepest condolences to the family.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois

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