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Michael M. Brandt

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On a bright, sunny morning Michael gently left this world at home with his wife by his side on June 11, 2020. Only on hospice since the day before, he didn’t waste any time to go on to his Lord. He was tired. He was all too ready.

Michael was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 3rd, 1947 to Jean and Patrick McGee. Raised by his grandparents, Chapman and Marian Hall, in West Milwaukee, he went on to UW Milwaukee in business/law. He met his wife, Christine Sampson at a St. Patrick’s party, and they married November 21, 1970. In that same year, he became a nursing student at Milwaukee County Hospital School of Nursing in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. From there he went on to anesthesia training in Wausau, Wisconsin, graduating in 1976, and working in Wisconsin and Illinois. In 1990, he moved to the Phoenix area, working for many hospitals there and in California. He retired in 2017. He was the center of our family. His kindness knew no limits. His favorite trips involved Monterey Bay, California, Vancouver, Canada and Grand Cayman.

He is survived by his son, Joshua Brandt (Pamela) of Kimberly, Wisconsin, and his daughter, Leah Ptacek (Brent) Of Goodyear, Arizona, eight grandchildren; Jacob, Jeffery, Madelyn, Teagan, Everleigh and Olivia Brandt and Kedron and Haven Ptacek, his half sister, Kathi (Ron) Roberts Of Iowa, his half brother David Brandt of New Mexico, his step mother Joann McGee and half sisters, Erin (Larry) Gardon, Sherry (Jon) Pesko and Karen (Richard) McFarland, all of Wisconsin. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and his brother, William Patrick Brandt.

He loved animals (almost more than most people), the Packers and the Badgers! He knew with certainty through grace that he would be joining his Lord. He would like all of his people to gather within their families and remember him and perhaps have a proper Irish toast for him with Tullamore Dew!

13 Comments on “Michael M. Brandt

  1. “When peace like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billow roll, Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul.” Rest now, Mike. All is well with your soul. Joan Sampson & John Burlowski

  2. Though miles separate us, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mike fought the good fight and is now, through the grace of
    our Lord, at rest in his heavenly home. May you be comforted with the words of John 3:16.

    Our deepest sympathy,
    Love,
    Lee & Carole Bailey

  3. Home at last. God grant us patience as we try to continue our race without you. So thankful you worked in Illinois so we could meet and know you! See you in heaven!!

  4. I love you Uncle Mike! You will always be my favorite Uncle. I’m so sad I didn’t get to see you again before you passed! I loved your sense of humor and your kindness! I’ll miss you!

  5. Mike was my dads best friend. I had the honor of having mike in my life for a good part of my youth. He was one of the kindest people I have known. Im so glad he was able to make it to my wedding, he also was there for my sister when she had her first child. I remember my dad saying hes the only man he would ever trust with a needle anywhere near his daughters spine. Mike was selfless, carefree, and could get along with anyone. I am sad he is gone but happy he is where he belongs, in heaven, as he was wo caring and kind in life, the lord now has another angel.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Rest easy uncle Mike.

  7. Mike was blessed with a special wife and children. One day to be all joined together again in everlasting happiness. I Thank God for allowing me to have met Mike and witness his love for family and friends.
    May God comfort you.
    Love Louise & Joe Weyerstrass

  8. I certainly miss the family reunions which included Michael. Love you

  9. Mr. Brandt was such a wonderful father figure to me growing up. He always knew what to say and how to say it. I remember so many conversations about life, what it took to be a successful man. I used to confide in him all of my personal issues being a young teenager trying to find my way in the world. He was always compassionate and full of love.

    I remember how he loved, very deeply his wife and two children (Josh & Leah). He always wanted to take care of them. He always supported them in anything they set their heart on.

    Mr. Brandt, God will open his arms to you because of all the many selflessness acts you gave the world. I will miss you, but look to the day when we can meet again!

  10. Thinking of you, wished we could have seen you in March. He was so great at his job, made my surgeries so much easier!! He will be missed!

  11. We are so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed Michael’s company when we lived in Canton, Illinois. It sounds like Michael had a very peaceful death. The Lord was with him. May he rest in peace.

  12. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life. The Sampson’s are a large group to contend with! We will see you again in Heaven.
    Love always, Michele

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