Obit: Brandt, Virjean (1929 - 2012)

Contact: Audrey Roedl

Surnames: Brandt, Bradely, Graveen, Townsend, Zuehlke, Newman

----Source: The Loyal TRG (Loyal, Clark County, WI ) 29 Aug 2012

Brandt, Virjean (14 May 1929-21 Aug 2012)

Virjean M. Brandt, 83, Marshfield, passed away in the evening on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 at The House of The Dove, Marshfield, under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Zion Lutheran Church, Stratford. Rev. Sue Eidahl officiated. Burial followed in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Vivian M. Bradley was born on May 14, 1929, in the town of Emmett, Marathon County, the daughter of Harvey and Gertrude (nee Graveen) Bradley. She attended the rural Washburn School in the town of Emmett and later graduated from Stratford High School. She married John P. Brandt on June 11, 1949, at Zion Lutheran Church, Stratford. Together John and Verjean moved to Wausau and then Washington D.C., later returning to the Stratford area. She was employed as a bank teller/vault at the former Spencer State Bank but also was engaged in a crafting business known as Nite Owl Crafts, which she owned and operated. She also provided mobile home escorts to various destinations with the vehicle escort business and she and John owned and operated. With all Verjean had going on, she also found time to volunteer at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, teach Sunday school, and provide secretary services at Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity. She loved her family and enjoyed people. Her hobbies included crafting, bowling and bingo, watching her two sons race at the dirt track stock car races, some NASCAR racing, watching the Brewers and Packers, and trips to Las Vegas and hitting the Penny slots. She loved going to craft sales not knowing what treasures she might find. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stratford and a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity.

Survivors include her children, Georgia (Jerald) Townsend, Marshfield, Kathy (John) Zuelke, Stratford, Brenda (Dave) Newman, Unity, Jim Brandt, Colby, and Craig (Peggy) Brandt, Loyal; four step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren, one step-step-great-great-grandson; one sister, Maxine Zettler, Burlington; one brother, Rick (Sandy) Fenwood; one brother-in-law, John Conner, Marshfield; two sisters-in-law, Bernice Mercer, Marshfield, and Darlene Nelson, Mesquite, Nev.; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends, including a dear friend, Rev. James Primley, Virjean’s former pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Paul and Bertha (Severson) Brandt; one sister, Janet Conner; one brother, Fred Bradley; two brothers-in-law, George Zettler and Len Nelson; a niece/godchild, Holly Zettler; and a step-grandson, Jeffrey Zuelke.

A memorial in Virjean’s name will be chosen by the family at a later date.

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Life Tributes Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Spencer, assisted the family with arrangements.



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