In Memory of Dorothy Brande

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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.

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    • Many of my memories of Aunt Dorothy she and Uncle Jim would come to Tucson every year from November to March.At least once a week and play Canasta with Mom and Dad.
      They talk about everything when they were kids,how they met. And there was always laughter and always the greeting Sister, Sister.As Dad and Uncle Jim looked on

      During one of these visits Aunt Dorothy taught me how to hand quilt (if I did it wrong she’d make me do it over. Glad she did)I cherish that little quilt.When Aunt Dorothy did something she did it well
      I will also cherish the time I got to spend with her in November after 20 years of not seeing each other .The time we spent together will have a very special place in my heart

    • I have so many wonderful and special memories of my Aunt Dorothy. My mother Betty adored her big sister and they were so close they even had a special way they would talk to each other- always calling each other “Sister”.
      Aunt Dorothy was so much fun to be around. She loved her family so much and was such a wonderful and devoted wife to Uncle Jim. Their love for each other was so strong that along with my parents, the loved they shared showed me want a marriage should be. I was so lucky to have had the wonderful times that I had with this amazing woman. I love you Aunt Dorothy.

    • Grandma, you will be missed!! I have so many wonderful memories of you. We shared popcorn, tomato sandwiches and you taught me to crawl. I know that you are with Grandpa in Heaven. Give each other a hug for me. LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!! Your #1 Nettie