In loving memory of

Marlene Brand
March 6, 1934 - August 26, 2021

LEWISTON, MN - Marlene D Brand, age 87, of Lewiston, MN died peacefully on August 26, 2021, at her residence. She was born March 6, 1934, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN. After graduating high school, she went on to LPN school at St. Marys Vocational School in Rochester where her instructors were the nuns. After graduating from the LPN program, she started working at nursing homes in the area. She worked the majority of those years in Lewiston and after 41 years in the nursing field, retired at the Lewiston Villa in 1996. She then went to work at Herff Jones for another 10 years.
She married John W. Brand on April 27, 1957. They made their home on a farm outside of Lewiston. They had two children: Michael and Susan.
Marlene enjoyed gardening, reading books, playing card and board games with her granddaughter Kelsey, and spending time talking on the phone with family. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Mark) Kronebusch, and their daughter Kelsey Kronebusch; grandsons: Joshua (Morgan) Brand, Justin (Jessica) Brand and their children: Caitlin and Isaac; sister, Carol Pederson, and brothers: Ronald (Shirley) Johnston and Edward "Jerry" (Sally) Johnston.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Adele Johnston; husband, John; son, Michael; daughter-in-law, Nancy; and her brother, Jim.
There will be a funeral service for Marlene at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Winona. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be in the Lewiston Public Cemetery. Hoff Celebration of Life Center in Goodview, MN is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Jill Johnson wrote on Sep 4, 2021:

"My condolences to the family. Marlene was a gracious lady that cared for many. She was a valuable asset on the County Community Heath Advisory Committee and brought a rural knowledge to the group. Rest In Peace Marlene."

Richard Fischer wrote on Aug 31, 2021:

"My sympathy to Marlene\'s family. Great lady my mother always adored her when they worked at the Etta Dell nursing home. May she rest in peace."

Sherri Dick wrote on Aug 30, 2021:

"My favorite memories of Marlene were at the Lewiston Villa. She got along great with everyone and she was always ready to help wherever she was needed. I remember her rolling that big cart down the halls and stopping at each doorway and made sure everyone had the correct medicine or whatever they needed. She always took time to look up and smile! At our Cancer support group she always seemed upbeat and hopeful. I know she was really happy that Susie would drop her off and pick her up. She will be remembered for her kind heart and her happy smile! "

Michelle Egland wrote on Aug 30, 2021:

"Such a special lady. My deepest sympathy to her loving family. I loved talking to her when she would pick up Kelsey from Cardinal Club. Big hugs to Suzie and Kelsey. Cherish the memories. Thinking of you."

Bobbi Jo Funke wrote on Aug 29, 2021:

"I am so sorry for the loss of your mother . I remember the many shifts I worked with her at the Villa. She was a great nurse and all around great lady. She will be missed."

Erica Matzke wrote on Aug 28, 2021:

"Sympathies to you and your family. Treasure all the memories you had with her! She was such a wonderful person. "

vonda mcallister wrote on Aug 28, 2021:

"to the family of marlene, i worked with marlene at the lewiston villa she was a hard working and kind person God Bless rich mcallister"

vonda mcallister wrote on Aug 28, 2021:

"susie and kelsey and family, im so sry for the loss of your mom and grandma ive been a friend for many years she was a kind lady,always now kelsey the love she had for you God bless vonda"

Kathy Duane wrote on Aug 28, 2021:

"We have lost a good neighbor, a beautiful lady, and a wonderful friend. Now we know she?s one of those glorious Angels in Heaven watching over us. Thinking of you Suzie, Mark, and Kelsey. Praying for you, Kathy "

Laurie Clobes wrote on Aug 27, 2021:

"Condolences to you all on the loss of Marlene. Was always nice visiting with her and I know she will be missed. Special hugs to Kelsey. Laurie Clobes"