Dorothy Rose Brande, age 94 of Hudson, Wisconsin, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Dorothy was born on January 9, 1926 on a cold, winters day on her family’s farm near Steamboat Rock, Iowa. She was the fifth of nine children born to Benard and Rose (Schilling) Rush. She grew up and attended school in Robertson, Iowa. After completing the 8th grade, at the age of thirteen, Dorothy worked as a waitress to help support her parents and siblings. On December 6, 1944, after a six week whirlwind romance, she was united in marriage to James “Jim” Brande in Northwood, Iowa. In 1946, the couple were blessed with their son James twelve days before relocating during a snowstorm to Hudson. While living in the Hudson area, the family later welcomed son, John, and daughter, Lori. Dorothy took pride in raising her children and taking care of her family’s needs, including happily taking in and raising her younger sister Betty, who became her best and lifelong friend.
Dorothy truly loved being with family and enjoyed attending family gatherings, which she felt the bigger the gathering the better. She was known for making the best pies, but could also make a delicious pan of brownies. In her earlier years, Dorothy relished in quilting and sewing, and was able to mend anything her family put in-front of her. Dorothy was fond of traveling and cherished the annual two week long summer vacation trips taken with Jim across the United States from Florida to Alaska. In retirement, the couple spent thirteen winters in Tucson, Arizona where Dorothy’s sister Betty resided. In 1994, Jim died of cancer and Dorothy stopped traveling, but found continued joy in her family. She eagerly waited each spring for the robins to return and was delighted by watching them build their nests and hatch their young. Dorothy enjoyed cheering on the Minnesota Twins and was entertained by puzzles, word search books and watching Days of Our Lives without interruptions.
Dorothy will remain in the hearts of her children, James (Bonnie) Brande, and John (Barbara) Brande, and Lori (James) Frye; ten grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; fourteen great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Jim”; grandson, Chad; her parents; and her siblings, including Betty Zaspel.
A private family service will be held. Interment at the Willow River Cemetery.