Marilyn Joanne Brandt, 66, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 15, 2004

Funeral services for Marilyn J. Brandt, age 66, of Albert Lea, will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Grace Lutheran Church. The Rev. John Henriksen will officiate. Burial will be at Lakewood Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bayview./Freeborn Funeral, Home and one hour prior to the services at the Church. To sign the guestbook goto

Marilyn died on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004 at the Albert Lea Medical Center.

Marilyn Joanne Brandt was born on Aug. 7, 1938, in Winnishiek County, Iowa, the daughter of Julian and Mildred (Jerdee) Hopperstad. At the age of 5 years, the family moved to Albert Lea where Marilyn attended and graduated from Albert Lea High School. She furthered her education at the Albert Lea Vo-Tech in the accounting program. On March 13, 1955, she was united in marriage to Donald Brandt at Grace Lutheran Church where Marilyn has been a charter member. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, traveling and spending time with her family. She found great joy in her cats and feeding the many ducks in the neighborhood.

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Survivors include her husband, Donald; children: Cindy and husband Hiep Nguyen, Judy Nielsen, and Donald Jr. and wife Rhonda Brandt; grandchildren: Alan and wife Gabriela Nguyen, Donald Kimber, Amy Nguyen, Adam Churchill, Sarah Brandt, Ashley Brandt, Wesley Brandt, and Alexandra, Ashley, Autumn, Alyssa and Andrea Clark; great-grandchild, Christian Nelson; mother, Mildred Hopperstad; and sister, Carol Thompson.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her father; brother, John Hopperstad; infant children: Vicky Lynn and David Julian; and her in-laws: Arnold and Edna Brandt.