The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 15, 2014

Katherine "Kay" Lois Best Brannack

The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — Katherine “Kay” Lois Best Brannack, 92, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Hawthorne Estates, Danville, four days short of her 93rd birthday.

Kay was born Feb. 17, 1921, in Royal Oak, Mich., the daughter of William W. and Esta Burrell Best.

Kay is a sinner saved by grace, by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. She is now in the presence of her Lord holy and without blemish, without spot or wrinkle in her eternal soul. (Ephesians 2:8-9 and Ephesians 5:25-27).

Kay was proceeded in death by her husband, Donald J.C. Brannack; her parents; three sisters, B. Louise Briggs (Wegee), Helen E. Baker and Bette M. Smith; one brother, Rodger W. Best; and their spouses.

She was the last in a long line of dearly loved Brannack in-laws. Seven sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law and their respective spouses. She was the last of our family’s “greatest generation.”

She leaves behind to rejoice in memories two sons and two daughters: Donna Kay (Emery) Childers of Michigan; Michael R. (Debbie) Brannack of Georgia; Larry W. (Shirley) Brannack of Michigan and Melanie A. (F. Dennis) Stevenson of Illinois, seven grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; C. Todd (Anne) Childers, Mark E. (Jody) Childers, Robert D. (Carrie) Childers, Lisa Brannack, Brian T. (Jerusha) Brannack, David M. (Stephanie) Brannack, Adam W. Brannack, Katrina L. (Jim) Stevenson Kotowski, Ginger K. (Brad) Stevenson Passalacqua and Mitzi (Faris) Hopper Sahaweh; 12 great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews and their families.

Kay was a member of Danville First Church of the Nazarene, where she actively participated in the “prayer chain.” She was appreciated, respected and loved by her church family, as well as other churches during her lifetime.

Kay was a member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).

A mother figure to many of her children’s relations and friends, she leaves behind a legacy of intelligence, humor, graciousness, uncompromising integrity and unconditional love.

Visitation for friends and family in Danville will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Danville First Church of the Nazarene. Visitation for friends and family in Rochester, Mich., will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Modetz Potere’s Funeral Home with the service directly following at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Avon Cemetery, Rochester, Mich. The Reverend David Anderson, of Danville First Church of the Nazarene will be officiating.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations to Danville First Church of the Nazarene; Faith Baptist School, Atherton Rd., Davison, Mich., or a charity of donor’s choice. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, a Life Celebration Home in Danville, is in charge of arrangements. Please join Katherine’s family in sharing photos, videos and memories of her through her Tribute Wall at

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