Harold Brandt, 1935-2018

Published 12:03 am Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Funeral services for Harold “Babe” L. Brandt, 82, of Albert Lea will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ascension Lutheran Church. The Rev. Mark Boorsma will officiate. Interment will be at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery in Myrtle. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Harold Brandt

Harold Leonard Brandt passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018, surrounded by his loving family at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea. Harold was born Aug. 11, 1935, in Albert Lea, to Arnold and Edna (Leschefski) Brandt.

For many years he was the baby of the family and was affectionately known as Babe. Babe met and married the love of his life, Lois Wahlers, on March 25, 1956. They had an unending love that will bring them together in heaven. The lovebirds happily created a family by having six children. Babe so loved his children he chose to work three jobs so they could be raised by their mom. He worked at Wilson & Co., Ray’s junkyard and was a much-loved school bus driver. Harold was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church, where he was an usher for many years. He later became a member at Ascension Lutheran Church.

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Harold is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Lois; his children Terry Brandt, Tim (Sharon) Brandt, Susan Quarnstrom, Larry Brandt and Jim (Teresa) Brandt; grandchildren Becky, Daniel, Isaac, Eric (Megan), Julie (Ben) Nordquist, Joe (Jess) Quarnstrom, Dagan (Ruthie) and Alex; great-grandchildren, Nick and Hannah Brandt, Austin and Aiden Quarnstrom, Dexter and Maxwell Brandt and baby in tummy (Nordquist) due in August; sisters Colleen Brang and Kathy Porter; sisters-in-law Iris Bighley, Melba Jenkins and Arcley Wahlers; also many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors. Babe loved them all.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Julie Brandt Nesset; grandsons Aaron Brandt (son of Terry), Cory Brandt (son of Tim) and Michael Brandt (son of Jim); great grandson Jacob Brandt (son of Eric); parents Arnold (Edna) Brandt; siblings Mavis (Johnny) Johnson, Donald (Marilyn) Brandt; in-laws Arthur and Molly Wahlers, siblings-in-law Cecil and Lucille Wahlers, Wayne Wahlers, Doris and Tony Belshan, John Jenkins and Marsh Bighley.

Memorials are preferred to The Parkinson’s Foundation or the food shelf.

Babe wasn’t a suit wearing kind of guy, so please feel free to dress casual at the service.