Jean Brandt Welch, 83, of 566 S. National Ave., passed away on Friday, February 8, 2013, at the Hospice Home of Hope. She was born on August 20, 1929, the daughter of Carl and Gertrude Parker Brandt Sr. Gertrude passed away in February of 1930 and Carl married Adeline Stephany in June of 1932.Jean graduated from the former Goodrich High School in 1947 and went on to work for her father at Carl L. Brandt Insurance Agency until his death in 1974.On April 2, 1949, Jean married Donald L. Welch at First Presbyterian Church. They celebrated forty-five years of marriage before Don's death on September 30, 1994. Jean thoroughly enjoyed her role of wife, mother and grandmother. Her hobbies included cooking and baking, gardening and, together with Don, home remodeling and decorating. Jean was a member of Church of Peace, U.C.C., where she was a member of the Martha Society and for twenty-five years she always looked forward to frying 'knee patches' with Arlene Waehler at the annual church bazaar.Jean truly lived her life by the Golden Rule of 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you'. She was well known for her beautiful smile and great sense of humor. From the time she was a child, Jean was an animal lover. She had many pets over the years and her home was always open to strays. Regardless of the weather, she faithfully fed the wild birds as well as any other animal that wandered into her yard. She was a member of the Humane Society of the United States, the Best Friends Organization, and a supporter of the Fond du Lac Humane Society. Jean was also an avid Packer fan, never missing a game or any Packer-related TV show.Survivors include her daughter, Cheri Welch of Dotyville; two grandchildren, Thomas Hunter (T.J.) Jones and Kelsey Jones both of Madison; her sister-in-law, Mary Brandt of Neenah; her uncle, Harry Stephany of North Fond du Lac; and nieces and nephews. She is also survived by special friends, Susie Feiereisen, Donna Klanderman, Mary Jaeger and her once-a-month lunch pals, Helen Hoffman, Adeline Klaprich, Bev School, Gloriann Meyn, Carol Kosloske, Germaine Patt, Joan Dreifuerst, Jean Lueloff and Lorraine Jacobsen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; her father; both mothers; her brother, Carl Jr.; her mother and father-in-law, thirteen brother and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and her son-in-law, Tom Jones.Jean's family would like to thank the Agnesian Hospice Hope Program for the care provided to Jean while she was in her home, especially the many visits by RN Larry Roxbury. The family also wishes to thank the entire staff and the volunteers at the Hospice Home of Hope where Jean resided for the last five months. Their support, encouragement and tender loving care will be treasured.
Visitation for Jean Welch will be on Friday, February 15, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, and again on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Church of Peace. The funeral service will follow at the church at 11:00 AM with Reverends Jennifer C. M. Dawson and James F. D. Martin officiating. Handicapped parking and an elevator is located at the rear of the church. Entombment will follow at Shrine of Rest Mausoleum, Ledgeview Memorial Park. Uecker-Witt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.ueckerwitt.com.