In Memory

Kathy Brandt (Lahner)

Kathy Brandt

Kathleen (Kathy) Ann Lahner, 69, passed away in Eau Claire on Friday, November 23, 2018.

Kathy, daughter of Barbara (Gillum) and Donald Brandt, was born on August 10, 1949 in Eau Claire, WI. She graduated from Memorial High School with the Class of 1967, and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Communicative Disorders from UWEC.

Kathy worked for the Eau Claire public school system as a speech therapist, and later, as an office manager for Dr. Joe Theisen of Regis Court Dental.

She was an active member of First Lutheran Church and served on their board of directors. She later became a member of Spirit Lutheran upon the closing of First Lutheran.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Mike; children, Josh (Amy) Lahner and Kaari Lahner; and grandchildren, Hayden, Kaatya, Tatum, Samantha and Kjessia; siblings, Jean Brandt and John Brandt (Jill); and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald (2004) and Barbara (2011); and brother, Kurt (1976).

Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Spirit Lutheran Church, 1310 Main St. in Eau Claire, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Lutheran Church Cemetery in Eau Claire. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home, 814 First Ave. in Eau Claire.

The family respectfully suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. (http//

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11/27/18 07:41 PM #2    

Jean Behnke (Wisnewski)

I remeber Kathy from back in grade school days at  Bartlette school.  Always a nice and kind person. Thoughts and prayers to her family.  So very sorry for their loss. 

11/27/18 08:03 PM #3    

Jean Isakson (Turner)

Oh my goodness -- Kathy was such a sweetheart!!!

Back in high school, I did think of her as a good friend.

She always had such a great outlook on life -- so positive.  And a great sense of humor.  She was always game for anything that was going to happen.

Kathy was a special person - and (I'm trying to think of the right word) - a bit of 'explosive', because she was so energetic, and always there.  She always injected energy into anything we did.

Such a tragic loss ... and such a sweetheart.  I'll always remember her.

Jean (Isakson) Turner

11/28/18 01:33 PM #4    

Kathleen Jorgensen (Church)

I was not sure whether to break the "Jean" cycle, but as I am continuing with a "Kathy" I think it might work.

I did not know Kathy well and have not seen her for years, but I do remember her fondly and remember a truly nice person, with the nicest real smile. My sympathies to her family and friends and am sad about another classmate taken from us way too young.

11/28/18 03:44 PM #5    

Lila Stevens (Chamberlain)

It is wonderful to see all the comments about Kathy.  Yes, she was truly a very nice special person and will be missed by anyone that knew her even a little.  Rest now Kathy, your work is done here.

11/28/18 04:29 PM #6    

Sheryl Manthei (Rudd)

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Kathy. I remember her smile and always a kind word to say about everyone.  My sincere sympathies go out to her family and love ones.

11/28/18 05:59 PM #7    

Annette Zuehlke (Olson)

I also remember Kathy as a genuine person. Was part of our "crowd". Am so sorry to hear that she has passed. Sincere sympathy to her family.

11/28/18 07:13 PM #8    

Jean Skeels (Close)

I have not seen Kathy since high school, but remember her as a kind, gentle person.  So sorry to hear she has passed.  

11/28/18 10:20 PM #9    

Carolyn Berg (Kinville)

so sorry to hear the passing of Kathy Brandt Lahner!  My Sympathies go out to her family!

11/29/18 12:00 PM #10    

Greg Martin

WOW, this one realy took me by suprise, the last time I talked with Kathy was right b4 she retired from the dental office.  Must be like 3 yrs ago by now. She looked great, super healthy, you'd think this one will make it to 95. I guess thats why I'm taken back by her passing. I'd talk to her frequently at work as they are a customer of mine & of all the places I go to you just could't find a nicer person anywhere. darn.

Warmest reguards to Mike & kids. GOD SPEED KATH,  GREG MARTIN

11/30/18 07:45 AM #11    

Tom Laliberte

So sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. She was a sweet friend. My condolences to Mike and family. 

Judy Berg Laliberte


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