Dorothy Brandel

COKATO – Dorothy Brandel, 88, of Cokato, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Cokato Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church of Silver Lake with burial in Stockholm Township Cemetery.

Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato handled arrangements.

Dorothy Marie Brandel was born on May 6, 1926 in New Ulm to Arthur and Anna (Palmer) Walser.

Dorothy was baptized and confirmed at St. George Catholic Church. She attended St. George Catholic School and the University of Minnesota Agriculture School from which she received her high school diploma. She was married to Laurel Brandel on May 4, 1949 at St. George Catholic Church. The couple farmed in the St. George area until 1963 when the family moved to Cokato. Dorothy’s primary occupation was a Mom to her nine children. What spare time she had went into gardening and baking.

She is survived by children: Ronald (Mary Lou) Brandel of Cokato, Julie (Allen) Gutknecht of Buffalo, Janice (Dave) Remiger of Wabasso, Allen (Connie) Brandel of Cokato, Dorene (Gordy) Erickson of Cokato, Dale (Jennifer) Brandel of Cokato, Gary (Maren) Brandel of Apple Valley, Randy (Roberta) Brandel of Cokato, and Mary (Larry) Justin of New Brighton; 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Marilyn Walser and Dorothy Vandenreissche.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Laurel in 2008; her parents; and her brothers, James, Joseph, and Robert.

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