Alvina Grace Brandt of Anna, Ohio, blessed those who knew her for 99 years, 8 months, and 6 days. She passed peacefully at The Gardens in Wapakoneta, on February 6, 2020, where she had lived the last 3 years. She was born on June 1, 1920 in Anna, the daughter of the late Jacob William and Emma (Zwiebel) Heiland. On October 16, 1943, she married Donald Robert Brandt, and they were married 66 years before his passing in 2010 at the age of 90. Surviving her is a son Jim (Jill) Brandt of Anna, Ohio, her grandchildren: Julie Baumer of Hilliard, Ohio, Jenni (Kevin) Shoffner of Anna, Ohio, Jason (Cheri) Brandt of Wapakoneta, Ohio, Melissa (Ken) Nelson of Holly Springs, NC and Ryan (Laura) Brandt of Charlotte, NC. Also surviving are her ten great-grandchildren, Madison & Ross Baumer, Avery & Carson Shoffner, Landon & Ethan Brandt, Emily & Claire Nelson and Ryder & Miles Brandt. Along with her parents and husband, Alvina was preceded in death by her sons Ron Brandt and Jon Brandt, a great-grandson Griffin Lucas Brandt, and she was also preceded in death by her eight brothers and sisters: Roy, Clarence & Wilbur Heiland, Norma Reed, Lura Kantner, Donna Short, Hilda Nance and Julia Biddle.
Alvina was a member of St. Jacob Lutheran Church in Anna, Ohio. She had been a 4-H advisor, a Sunday School Teacher, a member of Shelby County Farm Bureau, and the Eastern Stars. She was a 1938 graduate of Anna School where she attended classes in the army barracks and churches due to the 1937 earthquake. Her entire married life was spent on their farm in Kettlersville, Ohio. She also worked at Westinghouse in Lima during WWII, and retired from Provico in Kettlersville after 25 years of service. She enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, reading, knitting and making quilts. She made quilts for all her grandchildren and knitted baby blankets for all great-grandchildren. She especially enjoyed going to Wendy’s after church service and visiting with her friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Jacob Lutheran Church in Anna, with Rev. David Eidson officiating. Interment will follow in the Willow Grove Cemetery near New Bremen. Calling hours will be held on Monday, February 10, 2020 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen, and one hour prior to the services at the church on Tuesday. Memorial contributions in memory of Alvina can be made to the St. Jacob Lutheran Church, or to the Van Buren Twp. Fire Department.