Jessica Brandt

GARDNER—Jessica Berta Brandt, 97, of Gardner, and a recent resident of Heritage Health in Bloomington, passed away Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017.
Born Jan. 16, 1920 in Coal City, Jessica was a daughter of Joseph Berta Jr. and Jessie (Faletti) Berta. She was raised and educated in Coal City, and graduated with the Coal City High School class of 1938. On March 29, 1941, Jessica married her high school sweetheart, Leroy Brandt in Burlington, IA. They both made their careers at Gardner-South Wilmington High School where she was employed as a secretary. While attending summer and evening classes at Illinois State University for many years, she graduated in 1968, and soon thereafter was hired as the librarian until her retirement in 1982.
Jessica was a member of Church of Hope in Gardner and the Grundy County Retired Teacher’s Association. She prided herself in her organizational skills, and at the age of 85 became computer literate, which greatly assisted her in the genealogical research that she leaves behind. Jessica had a love of flowers, and her enjoyment of music and dance was demonstrated on the dance floor with Leroy over the years past. She will be remembered for her love of family and cherished the opportunity to talk about her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include her two daughters, Cathie (David) Huston, of Gardner and Connie (Gary) Huston, of Fairbury; three grandchildren: Joel (Esther) Huston, of West Des Moines, IA; Jeremy (Stephanie) Huston, of Brookfield, WI and Jon Huston (Steven Carroll), of Nyack, NY; 11 great-grandchildren: Leah, Anna, Ellie, Miles, Dexter, Stella, Josie, Eve, Makenna, Thea and Jackson and several nieces and nephews.
Jessica was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Leroy; two brothers, Joseph (Evelyn) Berta III and Bernard (Mardeen) Berta, and one sister, Verna (Gordon) Palmberg.
Visitation will be held at Church of Hope, 202 N. Monroe St. in Gardner on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 from 1 p.m. until time of funeral service at 3 p.m. Reverend Janet M. Chandler will officiate.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, where Jessica will be laid to rest with her husband, Leroy.
Pallbearers will be: Joel Huston, Jeremy Huston, Jon Huston and Steve Carroll.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Jessica’s memory to Church of Hope, P.O. Box 248, Gardner, IL 60424.
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Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd., 203 Liberty St. in Gardner.