Born February 16, 1934, in Lansing, Michigan, daughter of the late Mulfred and Jessie (Church) Briggs passed away Friday, April 16, 2021 at age 87.
She is survived by her five children, Kenneth (Linda) Brandell, Roger (Debbie) Brandell, Terry Brandell, Denise Mastrocola, and Wendy Baugh; twelve grandchildren, Heather Brandell, Amanda (Robert) Soto, Rose (Andrew) Hutchins, Rita (D.J. Sobish) Deibler, Sarah Mastrocola, Colleen (William) Rose, Rebecca (Drew) Wrabella, Adrian Mastrocola, Stephen Mastrocola, Aaron Mastrocola, Veloie Mastrocola, and Brandon Baugh; seven great-grandchildren, Sophia Soto, Alexander Soto, Josephine Wrabella, Katherine Wrabella, Andrew Wrabella, jr., Leila Rose and Evelyn Rose; sister, Roberta Dugan; sister-in-law, Mary Briggs along with many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
Vernagene was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Brandell and her brother, Eugene Briggs.
She was an outstanding musician not only at East Lansing High School but at Michigan State College as well. She graduated from M.S.C. and began her teaching career, teaching kindergarten and first grade at Kalamazoo St. School, Holmes St. School, and Christiancy, all in Lansing. Vernagene was a lifetime member of First Presbyterian Church of Lansing and enjoyed genealogy.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel with Rev. Stanley Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow at Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday for 1 hour prior to the funeral. There will be a live stream of the service, and can be viewed by following this link: Live Stream
Those who wish may make memorial contributions, in loving memory of Vernagene, to the American Cancer Society or the Capital Area Humane Society.