Brandy Pinske, 40, daughter of trainer Nelson and Kay Willis, of Beecher, Ill., passed away on March 14 after a long illness.
An experienced horsewoman, Brandy grew up working alongside her parents, who have competed successfully for decades on the Illinois harness racing circuits. Brandy was also an accomplished rider, and an owner and breeder of Standardbred racehorses.
Besides her parents, Brandy is survived by her daughter McKenna, 14. She was preceded in death by her husband, trainer Brian Pinske, who passed away in 2002 at age 38.
A wake will be held for Brandy on Tuesday, March 18, from 2 pm to 7 pm at the Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, IL.
Her funeral service will begin at 10 am on Wednesday, March 18 at the Crete Funeral Home, with burial to follow at the Skyline Memorial Park & Cemetery, 24800 S Governors Hwy, Monee, IL.
by Kim Rinker