Margo Hart BRANDT

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BRANDT, Margo Hart wife, mother, grandmother, professional photographer, floral window designer, reader and researcher of everything spiritual, passed away on Dec. 24, 2013, the most magical day of the year. Born to Alice and Edward Hart, Margo joined the world on Jan. 19, 1937, in Winchendon, MA. She twirled her way through Wachusett Regional High School high as a drum majorette, was the owner of a baby goat who routinely ate her dresses off the clothesline, graduated from Nicholas School of Business and entered adulthood as a wife, mother and a woman curious about the way everything in the world worked. Margo spent her summers in Scituate, in a tiny New England seaside town, where she taught her daughters to shuck an entire lobster in three minutes, cheer for her beleaguered Boston Red Sox, to climb a rocky jetty in bare feet, the value of a small sparkle of blue-green sea glass and why periwinkles should remain in the ocean. She was the manager of all family catastrophes. Margo jumped from the swimming pool and drove in her bathing suit to be by the side of a hospitalized granddaughter. After the death of her adult son, she legally adopted his widow to secure the circle of family. Her husband, Chet Brandt, traveled the world from Boston to Japan, keeping America safe as a soldier. He graduated from the University of Miami, got a job providing assurance to needy families and scooped up the love of his life. She kept him hoppin' for forty-three years. Margo was the keeper of the flame of family accomplishments. With children and grandchildren employed in a wide spectrum of professions from lawyer, film producer, administrator, boat engineer and pathology technician to homemakers, a film and television stuntwoman and a wardrobe assistant, she made it her life's work to champion their careers. She marched to her own drummer and followed causes close to her own heart. Margo was an advocate and volunteer for the rights of abused women, a supporter of LGBT equality, and children with Downs Syndrome, a faction of society she called, "God's Angels." In her later years, Margo consumed books and movies like popcorn. Her favorite song was the fifties classic "Sh-Boom" by The Crew Cuts because life could be a dream but she loved all music from Sinatra to Eminem and especially Elvis. In her mid-sixties, Margo had her belly button pierced because "it seemed like fun" and got a shamrock tattoo on her hip. She convinced her eighty-year-old husband to also visit the tattoo parlor and get his own military rendering on his arm. Born into an Irish Catholic family, she studied Eastern religion and philosophy and based all of her own studies on the simple mantra of "Why not?" Margo was born into a family of typical New England women. Occasionally referred to as difficult, these women always spoke their minds, never backed down and never gave up. They loved as fiercely as they often disagreed. As her own grandmother wrote, "This little girl I have loved all of my life." In praise of difficult women! Margo is survived by her husband, Chester M. Brandt; daughters, Gale Carlin of Williamsburg, VA, Elayne Keratsis of Miami, Michele Keratsis of Marblehead, MA; step children, Judith Boegner and Rick Brandt of Seminole and Lynda Frisa of Palm Beach Gardens. She will also be remembered forever by grandchildren, Nicole Yarber, Michael Boegner, Jessika Brodosi, Kaitlin Carlin, Reno Ryan Reeves, Krystine Frisa and Ian Carlin. She will also be remembered eternally by family and friends around the globe. This little girl we have loved all of our life. And she always loved the Bookmobile. She would want you to know that. So long Mum, and thanks for all the fish. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, at Reese Funeral Home, (727)391-9954, in Seminole. Please see the online guestbook at:

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 27, 2013
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