Vera Brands, of Crete, Il passed away February 16, 2019 at St. Marys Hospital in Kankakee, IL. Vera was born on September 25, 1929 in Beecher, IL the daughter of Harold and Lillian Schmitt. She is survived by her loving husband Lenard Brands and her children Lynn (Harry) Heusing, Barbara (Robert) Mahlum, Jane (William) Little, as well as her sisters Donna Williamson and Carolyn Bunte. She is also survived by her sister in law Joanne Herbert Teske and her grandchildren Michael and Lynn Heusing, Patrick and Sara Heusing, Kourtney and Kyle Zellhart, Lance and Grace Little and a step grand daughter Karen Facko. 10 great grandchildren also survive Vera. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister in law Robert and Donna Schmitt and a sister in law Janette Brands Kregel and Mary Brands Brez. Vera enjoyed crossword puzzles, making homemade bread, bird watching and the Wheel of Fortune. Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be held Thursday February 21, 2019 from 9-11 a.m. at Hack Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held also on February 21, 2019 at 11:00a.m. at Hack Funeral Home. A private family internment will follow. Rev. Tom Ewing will officiate. Memorials may be directed to your favorite charity or St. Luke Memorial Fund.