Lucille “Lucy” Brinkman of Somerset died unexpectedly May 2, 2021.  She was 81.

She was born March 3, 1940, in Farmington, to Leonard and Mathilda (Jahnke) Potting; she was the ninth of 16 children.  She was raised on the family farm, went to a country school and graduated from Osceola High School.

On July 23, 1960, she married the love of her life, Jack Brinkman, in Farmington.  They raised seven children in Somerset in the house that Jack built.  After 25 years as a stay-at-home mom, she worked at Friday’s Canning Corp for 10 years.

Lucy was a caring, sacrificing and loving woman of great faith.  She enjoyed spending time with her family at home and with her siblings at Potting gatherings.  She admired her flowers, enjoyed cooking, and loved holidays (especially Christmas) where she would go out of her way to make them special for everyone.  Every year she would call family members on their birthday to sing Happy Birthday.  When feeling adventurous (and lucky), she enjoyed a trip to the local casino or to Las Vegas with her sisters where she would talk at length with strangers.  She enjoyed sitting in her chair watching her favorite shows on Tivo/TV into the wee hours of the night.  She would always send visitors on their way with a wave from the kitchen window until they were out of sight.  Our memories of her and her love for us will live in our hearts and minds where she will never be forgotten, but always missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jack, her son Steven, her father Leonard, her mother Mathilda, and siblings Helen, Burnie, Ambrose, Sonny, Michael, Raymond, and Kenny.

Lucy is survived by her children Lynn (Kurt), John, Patrick, Renee (Yvette), Mike (Elizabeth) and Debra Jean “DJ”; eight grandchildren Ali, Cede, Vern “Jr”, Mikey, Philip “PJ”, Jonathan, Canaan and Eden; three great-grandchildren Hoyt, Wes and Ridley; and siblings MaryAnn, Beatrice, Lorraine, Darlene, Dennis, Donny, Chucky and Wally.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be June 5 at 11 a.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Somerset, with visitation one hour prior to Mass at the church.  Luncheon to follow burial at Larry Forrest Park.

Arrangements with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at

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