Beverly V. Brandt

Beverly Verneal Brandt, 93, of Galena, IL, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, March 26, 2024, at Midwest Senior Care Center, Galena, surrounded by her wonderful and loving family.

A funeral service will be held at Noon on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where friends may call after 10:00 AM until the time of service. The burial is in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena.

She was born on November 2, 1930, in Elizabeth, IL, the daughter of Benjamin and Carrie (Gugler) Menzemer. Beverly grew up with her four brothers and three sisters on the family farm.

She married Eldon Brandt on July 9, 1949, at the Schapville Zion Lutheran Church, and he preceded her in death on October 29, 1988. They lived on the Brandt family farm until 1960 when they moved to Galena and raised seven children.

Beverly worked at the EATON Corp., Hanover, IL, for thirty years. She retired in 1995 and stayed busy helping with her many grandkids. Beverly loved to listen to music and go dancing and could be found attending the many events held at Turner Hall. She enjoyed reading books, playing a good hand of euchre, collecting spoons, bells, cardinals, and putzing around her flower beds. Baking cookies and zucchini bread for her children and grandchildren was a great joy. Also, she could be found raking the leaves constantly, even though she had no trees in her yard. Beverly, a devout churchgoer, was a St. Matthew Lutheran Church member in Galena. In fact, she was the oldest member of the congregation until God called her home.

She is survived by her seven children: Richard (Doris) Brandt of Galena; Vicki Harrington of Nowata, OK; Robin (Lee) Buss of Galena; Dana (Barb) Brandt of Dubuque, IA; Dean Brandt of Dubuque, IA; Colleen (Tony Bausch) Brandt of Lancaster, WI, and Renee (Mike) Kroencke of Galena, seventeen grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren: one brother, Calvin (Marilyn) Menzemer of Elizabeth, and two sisters-in-law, Hilda Holland of Kent, WA, and Dee Menzemer of Hazel Green, WI, and many nieces and nephews.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and daughter, Sheila, and grandson, Seth Stadler, and great-grandson, Jacob Elias; three brothers, Blanchard, Marvin, and Kermit; and three sisters, Velma, Vivian, and Deloris. Also, in-laws, Doris Menzemer, Donna Menzemer Hintz, Roy Downs, Roland Root, Bill Brandt, Lenora and Donald Root, and Robert “Pat” Holland.

The family would like to thank the Midwest Senior Care Center staff for their excellent care and Hospice of Dubuque.

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