Alta Brandt

August 24, 2018 GMT

Alta B. Brandt, 90, of Kankakee, passed away Thursday (Aug. 23, 2018) at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee.

She was born Feb. 6, 1928, in Sullivan, a beloved daughter of Clarence “Pete” and Thelma (Hughes) Crowdson.

Alta was a sister to Charlie, Thomas, Lawrence, Joseph and Osa; and loving spouse to Richard.

She was a mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, neighbor, friend, Illinois Master Teacher, mentor, senior citizens’ advocate, long-suffering Cubs fan, and cookie- and pie-baker extraordinaire.

Those who cherish her memory include children, David, Danita (Michael Velbel), Caroline, James (Marcia) and Alan (Heather); 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Also, colleagues and students from her 28 years of teaching at Anna McDonald school in Manhattan, her Manteno United Methodist Church family, neighbors and fellow residents and staff at Presence Heritage Lodge in Kankakee.


The family wishes to thank “Dr. Saw Oo for her care and compassion.”

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, until the 7 p.m. celebration of life at Manteno United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank, 3021 W. Main St., Galesburg, IL 61401 or online at lovingbottoms.org.

Please sign her online guestbook at brownjensen.com.