In memory of
ELAINE M. BRANDT
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In memory of
ELAINE M. BRANDT
88, died April 6, 2021. Elaine was preceded in death by her lifelong husband Richard, her parents, and brother Lloyd. She is survived by her brothers, Jack and Steve, sisters, Joanne and Cheryl; her five children, Ted (Elizabeth), David (Marcia), Amy Boren (Marvin), Mark (Kathryn), and Lisa Maharry (John); grandchildren, Patrick, Molly, Benjamin, Christopher, Heather, Lauren, Allison, Bethany, Jillian, Mary Grace, Henry, Katie, Lauren, Carson, Joseph, Aaron, and Sophie; and seven great-grandchildren. A special thank you to her foster child and caretaker Michele Ricker. Elaine grew up in rural upstate New York and attended a one-room schoolhouse. She skipped two grades due to being the only one in the school that year and found herself a 16-year-old college student at Plattsburgh State Teacher College. She was a social butterfly who never met a stranger who didn't become a friend. Pursuing a career in teaching was interrupted in raising her five children and supporting her husband's business Freeland-Brandt Real Estate in Rocky River, Ohio. When she went back to Kent State University in 1970, it continued her pursuit of lifelong learning and pursuance of both a master's degree and eventually doctorate equivalency in Special Education. She taught at Horace Mann Middle School where most of her children attended as well. Upon retirement, she became an advisor to student teachers at Cleveland State University, where she traveled to schools throughout the region to help the student teachers and pass on her knowledge. She used her earnings from CSU to see the world and traveled extensively with friends to China, South Africa, Israel, Argentina, Vietnam, and many countries in Europe. These destinations often served as the theme for her heavily anticipated holiday cards each year. Elaine was active in the Cleveland and Lakewood Garden Club and loved anything that she could get to grow in her heavily wooded Clifton Park yard. Fortunately, the house came with a greenhouse where she raised orchids that supplied corsages to many high school dances. She was an avid reader right up to her final days consuming three books in her final week. She was a beloved member of the Clytean Women's Book Club. She played tennis at the Clifton Beach, Racquet Club West, River Oaks, and The Tennis Club. She was a passionate quilter and a member of many clubs. She loved her summer trips to upstate New York and Canada with her siblings on the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Elaine was kind, generous, interesting, friendly, loving, and fiercely independent. Her stature of 5 feet masked the giant personality that made so many of her friends turn into lifelong friends. It was her choice to spend her final winter in Palm Springs, California with the sun coming over the mountains into her bedroom preparing her for her journey to God where she certainly believed was the next destination on her itinerary. Elaine was the brightest light and was loved by so many. Funeral Mass St. Christopher Church 20141 Detroit Rd. Wednesday, April 14 at 12:30 p.m. where seating will be limited. The Mass will be livestreamed at https://boxcast.tv/view/elaine-brandt-ydioklcrr2m2rpsxeyte . Interment Lakewood Park Cemetery. Friends may call at THE McGORRAY-HANNA FUNERAL HOME OF WESTLAKE 25620 CENTER RIDGE ROAD (WEST OF COLUMBIA) WEDNESDAY FROM 10:00 A.M. UNTIL 12:00 P.M. Facemasks and social distancing are required. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Lakewood Garden Club in c/o Georgene Goddard 463 Queenswood Dr. Bay Village, OH 44140.
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Westlake, OH 44145
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In memory of
ELAINE M. BRANDT
88, died April 6, 2021. Elaine was preceded in death by her lifelong husband Richard, her parents, and brother Lloyd. She is survived by her brothers, Jack and Steve, sisters, Joanne and Cheryl; her five children, Ted (Elizabeth), David (Marcia), Amy Boren (Marvin), Mark (Kathryn), and Lisa Maharry (John); grandchildren, Patrick, Molly, Benjamin, Christopher, Heather, Lauren, Allison, Bethany, Jillian, Mary Grace, Henry, Katie, Lauren, Carson, Joseph, Aaron, and Sophie; and seven great-grandchildren. A special thank you to her foster child and caretaker Michele Ricker. Elaine grew up in rural upstate New York and attended a one-room schoolhouse. She skipped two grades due to being the only one in the school that year and found herself a 16-year-old college student at Plattsburgh State Teacher College. She was a social butterfly who never met a stranger who didn't become a friend. Pursuing a career in teaching was interrupted in raising her five children and supporting her husband's business Freeland-Brandt Real Estate in Rocky River, Ohio. When she went back to Kent State University in 1970, it continued her pursuit of lifelong learning and pursuance of both a master's degree and eventually doctorate equivalency in Special Education. She taught at Horace Mann Middle School where most of her children attended as well. Upon retirement, she became an advisor to student teachers at Cleveland State University, where she traveled to schools throughout the region to help the student teachers and pass on her knowledge. She used her earnings from CSU to see the world and traveled extensively with friends to China, South Africa, Israel, Argentina, Vietnam, and many countries in Europe. These destinations often served as the theme for her heavily anticipated holiday cards each year. Elaine was active in the Cleveland and Lakewood Garden Club and loved anything that she could get to grow in her heavily wooded Clifton Park yard. Fortunately, the house came with a greenhouse where she raised orchids that supplied corsages to many high school dances. She was an avid reader right up to her final days consuming three books in her final week. She was a beloved member of the Clytean Women's Book Club. She played tennis at the Clifton Beach, Racquet Club West, River Oaks, and The Tennis Club. She was a passionate quilter and a member of many clubs. She loved her summer trips to upstate New York and Canada with her siblings on the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Elaine was kind, generous, interesting, friendly, loving, and fiercely independent. Her stature of 5 feet masked the giant personality that made so many of her friends turn into lifelong friends. It was her choice to spend her final winter in Palm Springs, California with the sun coming over the mountains into her bedroom preparing her for her journey to God where she certainly believed was the next destination on her itinerary. Elaine was the brightest light and was loved by so many. Funeral Mass St. Christopher Church 20141 Detroit Rd. Wednesday, April 14 at 12:30 p.m. where seating will be limited. The Mass will be livestreamed at https://boxcast.tv/view/elaine-brandt-ydioklcrr2m2rpsxeyte . Interment Lakewood Park Cemetery. Friends may call at THE McGORRAY-HANNA FUNERAL HOME OF WESTLAKE 25620 CENTER RIDGE ROAD (WEST OF COLUMBIA) WEDNESDAY FROM 10:00 A.M. UNTIL 12:00 P.M. Facemasks and social distancing are required. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Lakewood Garden Club in c/o Georgene Goddard 463 Queenswood Dr. Bay Village, OH 44140.
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McGorray-Hanna Funeral Homes - Westlake
25620 Center Ridge Rd
Westlake, OH 44145
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