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Jul. 4, 1924 - Jun. 12, 2018 OKLAHOMA CITY Fern Evelyn Brandt was born July 4, 1924 in Dollar Bay, Michigan, the daughter of Anna Marie Kull and Anders Gustav Engman, first generation immigrants from Finland. She passed to heaven on June 12, 2018 in Oklahoma City. After high school, Fern attended Soumi College in Hancock, Michigan. Shortly thereafter she moved to Chicago, Illinois and enrolled in the nursing program at Wesley Memorial Hospital. After graduating nursing school, Fern travelled to Seattle, Washington and New York City visiting family and taking nursing positions. She returned back to Chicago to work at Heinz Hospital. It was during this time that she met Chicago native Leo Brandt, who had recently graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in Denver, Colorado. After a whirlwind courtship and a wedding in 1960, Fern and Leo moved to Oklahoma where Leo took a position in the oil field. Fern returned to nursing at the Oklahoma City V.A. Hospital in 1963 and continued there until her retirement in 1980. Fern lived in the home on Hillcrest Terrace in south Oklahoma City where she and Leo raised the girls until 2011, when she moved into independent living at Village on the Park on South Pennsylvania Avenue. When her short-term memory began to fade, Fern moved to Saint Katherine Drexel Retirement Center in El Reno near Anna and her family. She later moved back to Oklahoma City and was living at Brookdale Memory Care only 2 miles from her home at the time of her death. Fern always had a song in her heart and was most at home at her piano, playing songs she learned as a child in Michigan. Fern was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Brandt; brother, Wallace Engman; sisters, Florence Petterson and Alice Dillon. She is survived by her daughter Anna Rinehart and husband Roger of El Reno, daughter Catherine Brandt of Oklahoma City, grandsons Austin Cowan, Alex Cowan, Christian Rinehart, and Nicholas Rinehart, and great grandchildren Elizabeth Cowan, Tyson Cowan, Lucas Cowan, and Lylla Cowan. The service of remembrance will be held at the Hillcrest Presbyterian Church, 6600 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at 2:30 p.m., on Thursday, June 14, 2018. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hillcrest Presbyterian Church or the Oklahoma Chapter of the .
Published in The Oklahoman on June 14, 2018
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