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BRANDT, Vennie John 1915-2001


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Date: 9/30/2010 at 19:07:47

Decorah Journal, Thursday, March 29, 2001

Vennie John Brandt

Vennie Brandt, 85, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of New Hampton and Fort Atkinson, died Sunday, March 25, 2001 at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids following a short illness.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. at Calmar Community Methodist Church in Calmar, with Letha Rogers, interim pastor and Rev. Ed Meyer officiating.

Music was provided by organist Alan Sensor and soloist Bob Martin. A poem was read by Phyllis Byerly.

Casket bearers were Roy Kenneth Brandt, Joe Brandt, Francis "Smokey" Cronin, Terry Evans, Joe Cronin and Marv Hansen.

Honorary casket bearers were Charlie Brandt, Harry Brandt, J. R. Brandt, Dean Byerly, Steve Sindelar and Eric VanZanten.

Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Fort Atkinson, with Chekal Funeral Home of Fort Atkinson handling arrangements.

Vennie John Brandt was born June 24, 1915 in Lawler, the son of Charles W. and Mathilda (Kluss) Brandt.

He moved as a young child to Fort Atkinson and attended and graduated from Fort Atkinson Public School.

He married Catherine Marron May 15, 1940 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.

They purchased a grocery store in Fort Atkinson and ran that for a few years until they closed it while Vennie served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

After the war they re-opened the store and ran it until 1954. Vennie then took a job for 23 years as a rural mail carrier for the Post Office, retiring in 1977. He also served the city of Fort Atkinson by serving as City Clerk for many years.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, growing roses, bird watching and nature.

Vennie Brandt was a member of the Calmar Community United Methodist Church and the Rural Letter Carriers Association.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine Brandt, of Cedar Rapids; two daughters, Elaine Sweet of Cedar Rapids and Sally and Francis "Smokey" Cronin of Omaha, Neb.; three grandchildren; foreign exchange student Ljeke and Eric VanZanten of the Netherlands; one brother, Harry and Edna Brandt of Salisbury, Md., and several nieces and nephews.

Vennie John Brandt was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Kevin Sweet; four brothers: Lee, Roy, Jack and Richard Brandt and a brother in infancy, and one sister, Hazel Brandt.

Transcribed by an IA GenWeb Volunteer from obituaries found in the Howard-Winneshiek Genealogy Society Library, Cresco, Iowa.

Added Dec. 17, 2017
Source: New Hampton Tribune; Mar. 30, 2001 Page 4
from Elma library collection assembled by Marian (Marr) McGee
Transcribed by Joy Moore

FORT ATKINSON - Vennie Brandt, 85, Cedar Rapids, formerly of Fort Atkinson and New Hampton, died Sunday, March 25, 2001 at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, after a short illness.
Services were 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 28 at Calmar Community United Methodist Church.
Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Fort Atkinson.
Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at Chekal Funeral Home, Fort Atkinson, with a 7 p.m. Prayer Service and also for an hour prior to services at the church.
Surviving are his wife, Catherine; two daughters, Elaine Sweet, Cedar Rapids and formerly of New Hampton and Sally Cronin, Omaha, NE; a brother, Harry, Salisbury, MD.
Cards and memorials may be directed to the family in care of Elaine Sweet, P.O. Box 71, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.

Oak Hill Ft. Atkinson Cemetery

Winneshiek Obituaries maintained by Bruce Kuennen.
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