In Memory of

Marjorie Lucille Brandt

February 26, 1926 - August 6, 2015
Marge was born February 26, 1926, to Leo P. and Ethel (Barney) (Malone) Staley in Charter Oak, IA, and was raised on farms in the surrounding area. She married Vernon K. (Bud) Brandt on February 18, 1978, in Elk Point, SD. He passed away February 4, 2000. Marge was born to parents with unique histories. Her mother, Ethel Barney, came to the Midwest on an Orphan Train sponsored by the Children's Aid Society from Herkimer, NY, in 1903. On the paternal side of her family, Marge's father, Leo, was one of 15 children and one of identical triplets born in 1892. The family also included a set of twins. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. She graduated from St. Boniface Grade School and then from Charter Oak High School in 1943. She later graduated in 1967 from the Practical School of Nursing in Cherokee. After graduating from high school, she held various jobs in California, Iowa, and worked in a fiber mill in Washington State during WW II. She finished her career at the Mental Health Institute working 21 years as a Licensed Practical Nurse and teacher in the Home Living Skills Program. She has been a member of Immaculate Conception Parish since 1960, a member of The Catholic Daughters of America since 1995, and held positions of Financial Secretary and Grand Regent. She was also a member of the IC Guild, the IC Caring Group, and served as an extra ordinary minister. She and Bud enjoyed traveling in their motor home to many states, including Alaska. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, quilting and was a member of The Happy Hookers, the Red Hat Society, (the Red Derby Dames), and a former member of the Quilt Batts. She entered several of her hand crafted items at local county fairs, winning many awards. She is survived by 4 children: Shirley (Doug) Radtke, Hutchinson, MN; Linda (Tom) Ambrose, Fairbury, IL; Donald Knutson, Cherokee; and Nancy McLaughlin, Marcus, IA. She is survived by 9 grandchildren: Dana Ehrig, Lisa Ehrig Ellefson, Staci Ambrose Stephenson, Matthew Ambrose, Lee Knutson, Cyndee Knutson Miller, Michelle McLaughlin Koedam, Amy McLaughlin Bice, Mike McLaughlin, 20 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. She is also survived by stepsons Thomas and Randy Brandt, 4 step grandchildren, and 2 step great grandchildren. Other family survivors include 3 brothers and 3 sisters, Russell Staley, Cottonwood, AZ; Charles Staley (Orlene), Charter Oak, IA; Roger Staley (Anita), Shawnee, KS; Pearl Quandt, Carroll, IA; Evelyn Firth, Phoenix, AZ; and Patty Shanahan, (Leo), Wittmann, AZ; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a stillborn infant brother, a brother, Robert Staley, a sister, Lois Holtorf, a grandson, Neil Knutson, a great granddaughter, Samantha Clotfelter, and a stepson, Vernon Brandt, Jr. Memorials may be given to the Christian Action Program (CAP) Food Pantry or charity of the donor's choice.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, Iowa.
Father Dan Guenther
Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a 4:00 p.m. rosary Wednesday afternoon and a 7:00 p.m. prayer service Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“My prayers and sympathy are with you all at this time of your loss of Marjorie. Many of us Staleys will always be appreciative of her dedication and many hours of the Staley genealogy she gave to us. I have requested some masses be said for her soul. Sorry, I cannot attend the funeral due to travels. ”
- Judith Staley Groth
Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I'm so sorry to hear of the death of your mother/grandmother, Marjorie...It's hard saying goodbye to a woman that loved each of you so deeply. I pray the memories you carry in your heart will help you in the days ahead. Your mother is rejoicing in heaven with our Lord and all who have gone before her. Sincerely and with love, Rhonda File Vredenburg”
- Rhonda File Vredenburg
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I'm sorry to hear about your loss: Nancy, Donnie and families. I remember the good times we had living on Harris street and your mom was always so nice. Your mom, you and your families are in our prayers.”
- Al Hausmann
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Tom and Linda, Marge was such a sweet caring person. It makes me smile when I think about the time she shuttled us around your farm during harvest season. Yes, the cookies were an incentive too. Heaven received another loving Christian with her passing.”
- Wayne W. Kurth
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“For family and close friends at this time...
It has been my joy and privilege to have known, socialized with and shared personal and professional experiences with 'Marj'n Bud' through a number of years - years ago. May Marj's openness to friendship now find new doors of openings for friendship and love that will create new and expansive relationships, now in an Eternal Life.
- Fr. Gene E. Sitzmann
Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I am the granddaughter of Pearl Quandt - daughter of Daryl, and I would like to express my deepest sympathies to your family. Marge was a fantastic lady that meant so much to Grandma Pearl. May your family rejoice in all the good times and stay together in prayer for the sad times. I always enjoyed seeing Marge when her and Grandma would get together!”
- Trish Quandt Tigges
Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I was so saddened to hear of Marge's passing. I believe I just talked to her about 10 days ago. She is resting in the arms of Jesus now and is rejoicing with the Lord. She was such a very awesome lady to be around. Always smiling. She will be missed by everyone.”
- Jerome and Patsy Day
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