VanBrandt, Rose

Written by David Green.

Rose VanBrandt, 93, of Morenci, Mich., died Saturday, Sept, 4, 2010, at Fairlawn Haven in Archbold, Ohio.

She was born Oct. 7, 1916, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Alex and Roze (Vincze) Lakatos.  On Oct. 22, 1938, in Blissfield, she married Morris J. VanBrandt.  He preceded her in death Aug. 3, 1983.

Rose was homemaker and farmer’s wife living in the Morenci area since 1958. She also worked at Spangler Candy Co. in Bryan, Ohio, 3M in Montpelier, Ohio, and Richie's Bakery in Fayette, Ohio, and was a member of Our Lady of Mercy in Fayette, Ohio, Ohio State Grange and Altar Rosary Society. She served as a 4-H leader in Montpelier, Ohio.

Survivors include three daughters, Rosie and Marvin Brehm of Alvordton, Ohio, Violet and Edward LaNew of Morenci, and Esther Ball of Lyons, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Barbara (VanBrandt) Wright and husband Jon of Morenci; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elizabeth Lips of Tecumseh and Anna Bragg of Blissfield; one brother, John Lakatos of Sand Creek; sister-in-law, Hazel Lakatos of Adrian; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, Rose was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Cyril; a grandson, Marvin Brehm, Jr.; son-in-law, Jim Ball; three brothers, Joseph, Alex, Jr., and Paul Lakatos; four sisters-in-law, Marcella Lakatos, Eva Lakatos, Ruth Lakatos and Rosella VanBrandt; and three brothers-in-law, Arthur Lips, Marvin Bragg and Hector VanBrandt.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at Our Lady of Mercy in Fayette, with Fr. Gary Ferguson officiating.  Burial will follow at Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery near Lyons, Ohio.  Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Our Lady of Mercy, Fairlawn Haven in Archbold, Ohio, or to a charity of donor’s choice.

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