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Margaret "Rose" Brandt

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Margaret "Rose" Brandt, 64, of Newport News joined her heavenly angels December 17, 2022 after a courageous battle with cancer. She spent her final hours on earth in the loving arms of her daughter, surrounded by those she loved.

Rose was born in Lexington, Kentucky. Her family relocated to Newport News, Virginia in 1966. As a young girl, she enjoyed spending time with her siblings and her friends.
At the tender age of 19, Rose was a single mother of 2. Determined to raise her children on her own, she found work in the automotive factories in the area. She wanted more for her children, so she took on another job as a waitress in a local restaurant. She continued working two, sometimes three, jobs over the next several years. Her work ethic, determination, and physical strength allowed her to gain a high level of respect in a male dominated industry. Later, when the factories permanently closed their doors, Rose found employment at Unilever (Lipton Tea) in Suffolk, VA, where she eventually retired.


Rose met her soul mate, Jerry, 32 years ago and were inseparable ever since. They shared a mutual love for fishing. They often said "There is no better place to be than on a boat, in the open water". Rose also loved spending time with family, being at the beach, watching the sunrise, and defying the odds at casinos.

Rose was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Taylor Marie Dorset; her sister, Marilyn Caldwell and her parents, Winnie and John Barrett. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Brandt; her children, Tonie Dorset (Eric), David Dorset, and Chris and Jerry Brandt Jr; her grandsons, Dylan and David; her siblings, Phyllis (James) Gwynn, Donna Marti, John (Elizabeth) Barrett, Raymond (Linda) Barrett, as well as a slew of nieces, nephews, and extended family. Most notably her lifelong best friend (her sister), Debbie Cagle.

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#18 Phyllis Gwynn 2023-01-31 18:03
I love you and miss you so much , my heart is empty love ya girl
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#17 Raymond Barrett 2023-01-13 05:47
I’m really going to miss the deep conversations we used to have with a cold beer every one always knew when you entered the room with the biggest smile and usually the loudest one in the room I’ll never forget the dances we shared at my wedding rest in piece sis Love you always
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#16 Austin Dempsey 2023-01-12 04:48
I’ll always miss the way Aunt Rose would smile every time she would see Dylan, the way she would laugh when she was around Aunt Tonie and the way she lit up with love around her sisters. She always was the joy of the room and I will forever cherish the moments at the beach and thanksgiving we got to spend together. I promise to take care of Nana while you’re gone but I am rejoicing in the peace that we will get to spend eternity in Heaven praising our Lord, all together, once again.
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#15 Jimmy Marti 2023-01-07 17:14
May you rest in peace. Donna please accept my prayers always
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#14 Rafy 2023-01-06 23:08
I'm so sorry the Lord took Rose away from us. One thing I loved about Rose was that she would always tell you the truth. I really enjoyed the yearly family picnic at John's trailer.
May God provide the entire family peace during this very difficult time.
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#13 Sherry Simpson 2023-01-05 00:13
Rose was always someone I had so much respect for hard working ,loving mother but didn't take no crap, Always patient always shaking that leg listen ,Toni dose the same thing. I'm gonna miss that hey girl when going to visit and that smile .Rest in peace knowing you were loved nby many❤
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#12 John Barrett 2023-01-04 16:32
I HAVE NO WORDS THAT I CAN EXPLAIN; the loss of my sister Rose. I love you and will never forget you. You are a fighter like dad, a true fighter a redneck fighter. I have always loved you for standing up and not taking shit from anyone.
May you rest in peace, I love you, your big brother Johnny
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#11 Kay & Tim @ TruBlue 2023-01-04 14:00
We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Rose. We remember how close she and Donna were and we know she will be missed by all who love her. Our deepest condolences to the family, especially the ones we know, Donna, Bubba and Teresita.
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#10 Teresita Akers 2023-01-02 23:03
Aunt Rosie,
I hate that you are not here with us anymore in this physical world. I take comfort in knowing that you are reunited with so many people that you loved and lost. I can only imagine the chats you are having with your parents, Aunt Marilyn and your sweet Taylor. My daddy is sure to be next to you listening because he always loved to be in the ladies gossip!! I promise to do everything I can to help the family and I will even go to the Casino with mom in your honor.

Tonie and Bubba, as per our family tradition, I will leave you with this: Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal, but LOVE leaves a memory that no one can steal. May the love that surrounds you today give you the courage to face all of your tomorrows. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I am a phone call away. I love you all.
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#9 Donna Marti 2023-01-02 22:58
I am so broken hearted. I have lost my big sister and my best friend. She was my secret keeper, my go to gambling partner and travel buddy. My PERSON. No matter what life threw at us, we always had each other. We did EVERYTHING together. Sis, I would have done anything to take your pain away. I can't come see you yet, but I feel you with me each day. I will watch over your family and always be there when they need me. I can't wait until we are together again. I will love you forever SIS!!
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#8 Eric Bieder 2022-12-30 13:03
Rose you had a smile that would light up a room . Your life was cut to short .I will definitely miss the times I spent with you .So many great memories in a short amount of time.Without you I would’ve never known the beautiful woman you brought into my life , thank you .I am so thankful that god allowed me to see you and hold your hand one more time .I want you to know I will always be here to support and be caring for your family.The smile you gave me on your last day will forever be in my heart. You have such a wonderful family that I am so thankful to be apart of. I love you and will you see you again
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#7 Christian 2022-12-30 01:34
She was an amazing woman. There’s nothing I hold more dear to me than memories and the ones with you guys including grandma are what I hold closest to me. She was a fighter as well as intelligent and it showed through how she shared that strong hearted personality. Love you guys ❤️
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#6 Katelyn 2022-12-29 21:32
Such a beautiful soul you will be truly missed aunt rose. Thanks for always watching the sunrise with me ❤️
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#5 April Dempsey 2022-12-29 21:28
They say there is always a monarch in the family, I beleive that is true, however with our family we have a lot of strong women. Women who work hard and take care of family. When grandma passed you, Donna, and mom took care of grandpa. You 3 became the monarch of the family. I really dont know how we will keep things together without you here. However one thing is for sure you each have raised strong women and we will do our best to honor you and the legacy left by you and grandma to continue to do what is right and care for our families. I love you and miss you, I cant believe you are not here with us. You have left to soon, there are so many sunrises still to come. I take comfort in knowing we will be together again in heaven untill that day I will do my best to watch the sunrise and think of you.
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#4 Phyllis Gwynn 2022-12-29 21:18
Girl we have been through so much together, Im not sure how to get through this life without you.You are beautiful, kind and strong, no one else was like you. The Angels gathered to take you to Heaven, No more suffering, No more pain; I know we sis we will be together again I love you! Please take a minute and listen to this song Calling All Angels by Train. I love you, and I know we will be together again.
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#3 Angela Kadlec 2022-12-28 15:40
She is now cancer free pain free dancing and singing with the angels. God be with Toni her family and friends give them comfort knowing shes with you. Love ya Toni
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#2 Linda Moody 2022-12-28 01:54
My heart is devastated at the loss of Rose. My condolences to her family. She was such a huge part of my family's life growing up. It's unthinkable to know I won't be able to see you anymore. I know you are up there smiling down at family and keeping your granddaughter company until your able to be with all of your family again. You will be missed more than you can imagine.
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#1 Bubba 2022-12-27 23:56
My mother was the greatest woman in the world to me.i deeply miss her.rest in peace mom I love you.
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