Virginia Carleen Brameister, age 93, mother, grandmother and friend to many, passed away on February 18, 2022 in her hometown of Bradenton, Florida. Born on August 18, 1928 in Brandon, Florida to Clarence Melvin and Addie Geraldine (nee Stephens) Harding, she was a fourth generation Floridian and proud of it!
With a passion for cooking, her love of family gatherings and feeding others, Carleen opened Farmer John’s Restaurant in 1982. The restaurant immediately became popular with locals and out of town visitors alike who came for the home-style cooking and desserts, especially the strawberry pies, made with fresh strawberries from the family farm. Later in life, Carleen shared her love of cooking by joining others in the kitchen of First Baptist Church in Palmetto sharing her talents to feed others.
Never one to sit still long, Carleen spent 22 years volunteering in the Emergency Room at Blake Hospital in Bradenton. While she was unable to reach her goal of 25 years of service to the hospital due to injuries suffered in an automobile accident, Carleen was an inspiration to those around her who witnessed her determination to regain her strength with the hope of a return to volunteering.
Preceded in death by husbands O.F. “Jake” Warrick and Herman Brameister, son Marshall F. “Mickey” Warrick, brother Louis Brown, beloved sister Betty Jean Gill, great-granddaughter Savannah Roland and grandniece Elizabeth Thoeni. Carleen is survived by her son Rob Brameister (Krista Bloomberg) of Bradenton, brother Dewey Brown of Riverview, sister Suzanne Long of Homosassa, granddaughters Joan Aguilar, Kim Joly, Amanda Brameister, bonus grandchildren Jordan Luciano, Derek Luciano, Rachel Luciano, five great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at First Baptist Church Palmetto, 1021 5th Street West Palmetto, FL. Visitation begins at 10:30 AM followed by a Celebration of Life at 11:30 AM.
If you have a special story or memory of Carleen that you would like to share with the family, please email to: RememberingCarleen@gmail.com
In honor of Carleen’s love of Florida, fishing, and the local waters, memorial donations may be made to: Tampa Bay Estuary Program 263 13th Ave. S, Suite 350, St. Petersburg, FL 33701