Janet Lee Brodde, age 86, of Elgin, IL, passed away on September 22, 2021. She was born September 4, 1935 in Elgin, IL to her loving parents, Henry E. and Lulu E. Schmicker (née Dauel).

Janet graduated from Elgin High School, Class of 1953. She worked for Elgin Industries for almost 50 years before retiring.

Janet met her husband, Hans Joachim Brodde, when he was working for her father. They were married in 1958. Together they raised four children.

Janet enjoyed reading, sewing, and knitting, and loved to take pictures. She loved a good joke, and was always cutting out and saving favorite cartoons from the newspaper.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Connie Barnes; and in-laws, Paul and Kaethe Brodde. She is survived by her husband, Hans Brodde; children, Julie Mason, Scott Brodde, and Hans Jay Brodde; siblings, Don (Paula) Schmicker; Luann (Frank) Farrington, Gary Schmicker, Laurie (Greg) Kmieciak, Brad (Sarah Rudolph) Schmicker, and Wenda (Harry) Eckerson; grandchildren, Adam Barnes and Aaron Barnes; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial will be held from 10:00am until funeral service at 10:45am, Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Michael Murschel will be officiating.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via Zoom.us (Meeting ID: 899 2641 1470, Password: 067201).

Interment to follow at Lakewood Memorial Park, 30W730 U.S. Hwy. 20, Elgin, Illinois 60120.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadison.com.

2 Replies to “Janet Lee Brodde”

  1. I know you have had a rough few years mom with all the health issues you have faced. Even though we had our issues I still loved you regardless. I know I didn’t express it often with words but I always thought you knew by the way I have sraficed my life to take care of you and dad! I will continue to keep you in my heart for ever and hope you and everyone in Heaven are well. I’m glad that you are no longer in pain but I will miss you terribly. Until we meet again! Love always your 2nd born Julie!

  2. In this difficult time in which gathering is scary due to covid, I would like to express some memories. Janet was a kind and loving person, young or old she was your friend. She was dedicated to her family and her job, she was quick witted, and had friends all over the country many calling her daily just to talk at work. She was an avid reader and shared her books with our whole team at Elgin. Oh and please dont lose them! She loved her crafts and tried countless times to teach me to knit. She also had a belief in the supernatural which was very exciting to hear about. Janet will be a beloved and missed member of Elgin Industries. Rest in peace our dear friend!

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