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Lorraine Brooks

August 05, 1927 - August 27, 2020



Lorraine (Henwood) Brooks of Cadillac passed away Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Green Acres Retirement Living. She was 93. She was born on August 5, 1927 in Ironwood, Michigan to Willard “Bill” & Helena (Parker) Henwood. Lorraine lived most of her life in Cadillac. On September 11, 1948 in Cadillac she married the love of her life, James E. Brooks. Together they raised two sons, were happily married for almost 65 years, and lived most of those years at the house they built on Lake Cadillac.

Lorraine was crowned Miss CHS in 1946 and graduated that same year from Cadillac High School. She was employed by Michigan Bell for 24 years, retiring at the age of 55 in 1982. Lorraine & Jim had many active and fun filled years of retirement together. During her younger years she enjoyed many activities including golfing, bowling, volleyball, fishing, traveling, camping, caring for and helping others, and playing cards and games with friends and family. During her later years she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, puzzles, coloring, Sudoku, playing games and cards and of course caring for and helping others. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her two sons, Steve (Elaine) Brooks of Cadillac, and their 3 sons: Mark (Tanya), Chad (Katie), and Scott (Valerie), and son Greg (Kimberly) Brooks of Lake City, and their 2 daughters, Jessica (Jason) Klimp and Megan (Joshua) Coon. She is also survived by 17 great grandchildren: Ravenne and Zinnia Wedige, Lila Brooks, Adeline, Emilia and Tate Brooks, Porter, Sawyer, and Ivy Brooks, Elsie, Decklin, Thatcher, Finnlie, Maudie, Tildie, Kivie, and Ottilie Klimp; and her sister, Pat (Bill) Smrekar of Cadillac; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jim Brooks and a sister Shirley (Norm) Smith and an infant sister.

In accordance with Lorraine’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Due to COVID – 19 restrictions a private family service will be held at her final resting place, Maple Hill Cemetery in Cadillac. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan (932 N. Mitchell St., Cadillac, MI 49601). An online guestbook is available at

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  • Tim and Cindy Apps - Aug 29th, 2020 6:02 am

    "What a dear! I loved Lorraine, she had a contagious smile and always showed it whenever you would see her. So kind and loving and especially loved her family. She adored her grand Children and great-grand children. She will be missed and so glad she got to enjoy her 93 Birthday a couple weeks ago. God bless her family!"

  • Tina & Michael Hanbury - Aug 29th, 2020 6:22 am

    "Our condolences. What a wonderful life of love she had♥️ Keeping you in our prayers🙏🏻 Much love T&M"

  • Cynda L Sigler - Aug 29th, 2020 7:10 am

    "Lorraine will be dearly missed. She was one of the nicest, sweetest ladies I have ever had the pleasure to call family. She was a true blessing to us all."

  • Jerry and Diane Leavell - Aug 29th, 2020 7:43 am

    "Prayers and sincere sympathy to Steve, Greg and families. May God comfort you as you deal with your mom’s loss. Your futures will be enriched by the loving memories that she has left behind. We have known and loved her our entire lives. She now joins Jim, and classmates and former friends....Leavell’s, Lamphere’s, Johnson’s and so very many relatives and friends that predeceased her. Peace and love to her proud family."

  • Lynda Campagnolo - Aug 29th, 2020 8:01 am

    "Our most sincere condolences to the Brooks family. Golden memories, smiles and tears will warm your heart. God Bless your family. Lynda and Bruno Campagnolo "

  • ELSIE MOORE - Aug 29th, 2020 8:06 am

    "Lorraine was a sweet and kind person. She will surely be missed. My deep and heartfelt sympathy, and prayers for all of you. "

  • Linda Doederlein - Aug 31st, 2020 4:37 pm

    "Thinking of your family in this time of sorrow. I am so glad I had the privilege of getting to know your mom and her a good friend. I will miss our time together enjoying all the activities at Green Acres and her sweet smile"

  • Duane Baldwin - Sep 4th, 2020 7:02 am

    "Our condolences to the entireLorraine Brooks family, Moms are pretty special 🙏🙏"

  • Duane Baldwin - Sep 4th, 2020 7:03 am

    "Our condolences to the entireLorraine Brooks family, Moms are pretty special 🙏🙏"

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