Arden Lea (Wilkey) Brandhorst

February 4, 1946 ~ February 18, 2022 (age 76)



Arden Lea Brandhorst, 76, of Carbondale, passed away Friday, February 18, 2022, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

She was born February 4, 1946, in Carbondale, to Lee Roy and Nadine (Leslie) Wilkey. Arden married Elmer Brandhorst Jr. on November 30, 2002, in Carbondale.

Arden is survived by her husband, Elmer Brandhorst Jr. of Carbondale; daughters, Brooke (Bobby) Bundren of Makanda and Toni (Doug) Thomas of DuQuoin; son, Elmer “Zipper” (Michelle) Brandhorst III of Carbondale; grandchildren, Chelsey (Paul) Jackson of Carbondale, Jackson Brandhorst of Carbondale, Maddie Bundren of Makanda, Riley Brandhorst of Carbondale, and Brady Bundren of Makanda; great-grandchildren, Oak Jackson and Denver Jackson, who is on the way; sisters, Sheila “Bo” Edwards and Tammy (Gary) Gartner, all of Carbondale; nephews and nieces, Jay (Natalie) Edwards of Peoria, Kristin Edwards of Carbondale, Kate (Dmitriy) Janoyev of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Joe Garrett of Herrin, Mackie Garrett of Iowa City, Iowa, and Katie Garrett of Makanda.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jaymi Rosson; and brother-in-law, Ronald Edwards.

She was an avid reader, but her family was her greatest joy in her life.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of the arrangements. 

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