Elke S. Brunetti, 54, passed away Sept. 13, 2019 at the Maine Veterans Home in Augusta with family and close friends around her. She was born in Germany on April 7, 1965, a daughter of the late Egon and Maria Farnbauer Schmidt.
Elke had been employed as a prison guard in the state of Texas and more recently at the Maine State Prison until she was injured on the job.
Elke was an excellent cook and loved to share her food with everyone. Her good friend Esther Lane was honored to be taught by Elke how to prepare German cuisine the proper way. She was like a Godmother to Kylie and Acadia Lane.
Elke helped everyone and expected nothing in return. She was a strong woman and was her family’s bodyguard. Everything she did was out of love and she was loved by many people. She was a huge Elvis Presley fan.
Elke was predeceased by her brother, Klaus Schimeczek.
Mrs. Brunetti is survived by her husband, Robert D. Brunetti of Augusta; her daughter, Melissa J. Brunetti of Damariscotta; her brother, Peter Farnbauer Schmidt; her sisters, Heiki Schimeczek, Petra Merbach Grunbaum, Ulrike Schneider, and Andrea Grunbaum; two nieces and seven nephews, all of Germany; sister-in-law, Christine Pavlovic and her husband Tom of Warren; sister-in-law, Laurie Arguin and her husband David of Warren; and many nieces and nephews.
Her funeral will be in the Chapel at The Maine Veteran’s Cemetery at 163 Mt. Vernon Rd., Augusta at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18.