Virjean M. Brandt (1929 - 2012)

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Virjean M. Brandt

Age 83, of Marshfield, passed away in the evening on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at The House of The Dove in Marshfield under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice.

Her memorial service will take place at 11AM on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stratford. Pastor Sue Eidahl will officiate. Burial will follow in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday at the church in Stratford from 10AM until time of services.

Life Tributes Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Spencer is assisting the family.

Virjean was born on May 14, 1929 in the town of Emmett, Marathon County, the daughter of the late Harvey and Gertrude (Graveen) Bradley. She attended the rural Washburn School in the town of Emmett later graduating from Stratford High School. Virjean was united in marriage to John P. Brandt on June 11, 1949 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stratford. Together John and Virjean moved to Wausau later Washington, DC, later returning to the Stratford area. She was employed as a bank teller/vault teller at the former Spencer State Bank but also was engaged in a crafting business known as Nite Owl Crafts which she owned and operated and provided mobile home escorts to various destinations with the vehicle escort business her and John owned and operated. With all Virjean 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. Virjean loved going to craft sales not knowing what treasures she may find.

Virjean 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 of Marshfield; Kathy (John) Zuelke of Stratford; Brenda (Dave) Newman of Unity; Jim Brandt of Colby; Craig (Peggy) Brandt of Loyal; four step grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; and one step great great grandson. Virjean is further survived by one sister Maxine Zettler of Burlington and one brother Rick (Sandy) Bradley of Fenwood; one brother-in-law John Conner of Marshfield; two sister-in-laws: Bernice Mercer of Marshfield and Darlene Nelson of Mesquite, NV: 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 brother-in-laws 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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Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Aug. 25, 2012
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