Margaret (Sander) Brandes

Died: Mon., Dec. 14, 2015


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 18, 2015
Location: Kendall Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Dec. 19, 2015
Location: Kendall Funeral Home

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Margaret Brandes, 89 of Boscobel passed away on Monday, December 14, 2015 at Boscobel Care and Rehab in Boscobel.  She was born June 28, 1926 in Crawford County, the daughter of Fredrick and Dorothy (Hudson) Sander.  She married Henry “Hank” Brandes on February 26, 1949 in Wauzeka.

Hank and Margaret farmed for many years between Boscobel and Wauzeka.  She worked along side her husband and her sons milking cows and raising chickens.  She was an amazing cook and always had fresh baked goodies and canned goods she grew in her garden.  Everyone was always welcome at her table.   Margaret was a member of homemakers, and the saddle club for several years.

Affectionately known as “Mugs” and “Grandma Hank”, she hosted the family New Year’s celebration until her health prevented her from carrying on the tradition, many years there were nearly 80 people who came to enjoy the feast.  She loved babies, with each new member of the family her eyes sparkled more brightly and her smile grew larger.  

Margaret is survived by two sons: Dennis (Gloria) Brandes of Boscobel, Daniel (Theresa) Brandes of Ferryville. Six Grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren, and two Great-Great Grandchildren.  She is further survived by three brothers; William (Ardith) Sander of Boscobel, John Sander of Lacrosse, and James Sander, Richland Center. Six sisters; Wilma Rounds of Boscobel, Lena Tainer of Gays Mills, Irene Cudney of Beloit, Alma Schleicher of Cassville, Mary (Francis “Jinx” Walters of Wauzeka, Emily (Jim) Jeglum of Reeseville.  Two sisters-in-law Phyllis Sander and Theresa Sander

She was preceded in death by her husband Hank on November 24, 1996, her parents, an infant son.  Three brothers Dick Sander, Don Sander, an infant brother Freddy Sander, along with an infant grandson Joseph Brandes.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday December 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel, Pastor Mary Ann Floreke officiating.  Burial will be in the Wauzeka Cemetery.  Friends may call on Friday December 18, 2015 from 4:00-8:00 PM at the Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Boscobel Fire Department or the Steuben American Legion.  Online condolences can be sent to

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Stephanie Beske
   Posted Tue December 15, 2015
To Lisa Folbrecht and family:

I'm very sorry to hear about your grandma. I know her and my grandma Theresa were friends at BAHC. Your grandma was a good friend to her and to all! I will be thinking of you and will say a prayer for you and your families!


Stephanie Beske

Annette Ditzler
   Posted Wed December 16, 2015
Just heard and I am so sorry to hear of Great Aunt Margaret's passing...2 days after my Mom...Hugs to all our Wisconsin relatives from the Gerardy's of Illinois..We are sorry we will not be able to attend as we are buryng our Mom. Love and Peace to you all, Annette Ditzler

Lola Gerardy
   Posted Thu December 17, 2015
So sorry to the Brandes Family. I wish I could be there. Love to all the family. Aunt Margaret was so sweet and kind. Loved her so and remember a lot of good times with her and Uncle Hank. Sending my prayers to the family.

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