Shirley M. Brandt

Mar 25, 2020
Shirley Brandt

Hampden, Mass. — It is with great sadness that the family of Shirley M. (Smith) Brandt announces her passing, Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the age of 98. She was surrounded by her family.

Born in Springfield, Mass.. April 21, 1921, Shirley had previously lived in Springfield, Peabody, Lenox and Hampden, Mass., and Northport, Maine.

Mrs. Brandt was a graduate of Commerce High School, Springfield, Mass. Following her graduation, she worked at Package Machinery. Shirley was married to Howard Brandt July 18, 1942, at the Lutheran Church in Springfield.

During World War II, Mrs. Brandt joined her husband at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., as a clerical worker on the base.

While raising her two children and her many beloved fur babies, Mrs. Brandt enjoyed being both a Cub Scout den mother and a Girl Scout leader.

During her years in Lenox, Shirley attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing, Pittsfield, Mass. Although she was in her 40s, she excelled. This fulfilled her lifelong desire to become a nurse. The Great Depression had precluded this earlier in her life. Mrs. Brandt worked as a private duty nurse throughout the Lenox, Pittsfield, Stockbridge and Great Barrington areas. She was Norman Rockwell’s nurse prior to his passing.

Shirley was a parishioner of St. Cecilia’s in Lenox, Mass., and enjoyed being a member of the local Embroiderer’s Guild, County Extension and garden club. Sailing on Stockbridge Bowl, gardening and bird-watching were her favorite pastimes.

While spending her summers in Northport, Shirley loved her cottage, which overlooked Penobscot Bay, and the dolphins and seals that joined her at breakfast each day.

During her last few years in Hampden, Shirley was blessed by the care of her guardian angel. We called her granddaughter Jennifer D’Agostino, Grandma’s “miracle worker.” Jennifer, who was inspired by her grandmother, is the most intelligent, capable, compassionate, loving, supportive, caregiver ever known.

Shirley will be lovingly remembered by her family, Marilyn Brandt D’Agostino (daughter); David Howard Brandt (son); Linda Withee; Michael Joseph D’Agostino (grandson) and wife Jamie Martinez, Gregory Brandt D’Agostino (grandson); Jennifer Alma D’Agostino (granddaughter), Angela Abbott (granddaughter) and husband Matt; Timothy D’Agostino (great-grandson), Malcom Abbott (great-grandson); Caroline Abbott (great-granddaughter); Christine Hahn Bashista (niece/goddaughter); Philip Hahn (nephew); several grand-nieces and -nephews. She also leaves Rebecca Charlton, fiancée to Gregory, and Matthew Aranjo, fiancé to Jennifer. Coming in August is Brandt Gregory D’Agostino, son of Gregory and Rebecca.

Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Howard George Brandt, her son-in-law Joseph D’Agostino Jr., her brother-in-law Frank Hahn, her sisters Phyllis Smith Hahn and Beatrice Smith Koerner.

Gramma Shirley has passed on her legacy of love and compassion for animals and nature, bird-watching, conservation, fishing, gardening and crafting to her children and grandchildren.

A private funeral service for Shirley will be held at the Wilbraham Funeral Home, Wilbraham, Mass. Interment will be at a later date in Mountain View Cemetery, Lenox, Mass..

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 (a favorite charity of Shirley’s).

Comments (1)
Posted by: Marilyn Leathers | Mar 27, 2020 21:45

Marilyn so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Betty Farris.

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