n Memory of Mildred Rose Brandstetter
Mildred Rose (Nicholas) Brandstetter passed away November 17, 2018, three days after her 95th birthday. She is survived by her sons Jon, Jim, Brian and Bruce, daughter Greta, four grandchildren, their spouses and four great grandchildren.
Milly grew up on a farm in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, the youngest among two brothers and three sisters. When she was born, her father fetched the doctor in a horse-drawn wagon as the truck wouldn’t make the hills in a November snowstorm. She was the only one who went to high school from the family. She attended Mary Washington College in Fredricksburg, VA for a year then enrolled at Allentown General Hospital Nursing School. In 1944 she passed the State Exam, worked a month to buy a wedding dress and married Tony Brandstetter who she’d met on a blind date the year before.
Milly and Tony moved to Brush, Colorado, in 1946 where Milly worked as a nurse, Tony started his lifelong career at Mountain Bell Telephone, and Jon, Jim and Brian were born. They were active in their church and in local Boy Scout troops, traveled back to Pennsylvania for family events and deployed to Louisiana and Frankfurt Germany when Tony’s Army Reserve unit was mobilized in the Korean War. They made friends in Brush that remained close through their lives.
In 1956 the family moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, where they added Bruce and Greta to the family and spent nearly 40 years getting the kids through high school and college. Milly continued to work when the child-rearing allowed and was always active in her church, in Scouting and volunteering at the hospitals and the schools. She loved to travel and as time became available, she and Tony visited every contiguous state, usually in their RV, and attended many births, birthdays, graduations and holiday events around the country to celebrate with the kids and grandkids. They eventually moved to Thornton, Colorado to be closer to family and Milly continued to be active in her church and her community. She and Tony branched out from the continent with trips to Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Austria, and Hawaii. They took cruises to Alaska, the Panama Canal and down the Rhine and Danube Rivers from Holland to Hungary.
They bought a second home in an Arizona snowbird community where they would spend "winter" months and where Mom loved to play card and board games, shuffleboard and dancing. In 2010 they moved to the Keystone Place Senior Community in Westminster and lived their last years happily among new friends and doting family. Milly’s life was one of service to her family, her country, her community and her friends. She lives on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.