Luann “Lu” Braskamp, 62, of Sister Bay, WI died Friday evening, September 16, 2016 at Ministry Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay after battling deteriorating health for several years.
Lu was born September 1, 1954 in Waupun the daughter of Dayton and Mary Vande Zande Braskamp. Lu graduated from Waupun High School in 1972 and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. Following her years with the military, she went on to further her education at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN where she received her bachelor’s degree in drafting. She served with the Army Reserves for 20 years at Fort McCoy as a lab technician. She then moved to Sister Bay where she worked in hospitality in the Door County area. Lu was known for her good sense of humor and was very talented with crafts and sewing. She fulfilled a life-long dream of seeing B.B. King in concert in 2008.
Lu is survived by two sisters: Sharon (Ray) Stratton of Beaver Dam, and Mary L. Braskamp of Madison; nephews: Troy Stratton of Beaver Dam, Todd Stratton and his sons, Ryan and Kyle, of Portage, and Duane (Carrie) Braskamp and their children Grant and Kate of rural Fox Lake; as well as friends and extended family.
Lu was preceded in death by her parents, Dayton and Mary Braskamp; her brother, Brian Braskamp; two very close childhood friends: Jane Harder Lawrie and Kenny Derksen (her date to the Junior Prom); and her beloved dog, Mabel.
Lu’s family wishes to thank her Sister Bay neighbors and friends who looked out for her for so many years, Brian Churchill, an Army buddy from the East Coast, who kept in contact with Lu regularly and the staff at Golden Living Center – The Dorchester for their exceptional care.
Private graveside services will be held. Lu would request you spend time with friends, have some laughs and enjoy good music.
Memorials may be directed to an animal shelter of your choice.