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  • Ernie Brandts

  • Ernie Brandts, age 82, of St. James, died at his home on Friday, July 26, 2013.
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  • Ernie Brandts, age 82, of St. James, died at his home on Friday, July 26, 2013. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at St. James Catholic Church in St. James with Father Thien Nguyen as celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in St. James. Visitation will be Monday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church one hour before services on Tuesday. You may send the family condolence online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James. In lieu of flowers, the Brandts family requests donations in Ernie's name to the National Parkinson Foundation, www.parkinson.org.
    Ernie Brandts, age 82, of St. James, died at his home on Friday, July 26, 2013. Ernie lived with Parkinson's disease for the past 15 years. He died peacefully at home on the farm he loved with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at his bedside. He was a good man who will live on forever in his children and grandchildren by having taught them the values of honesty, loyalty, hard work, perseverance, strength, generosity and a sense of humor. Ernestus Gerardus Brandts was born August 30, 1930, in Didam, Holland where he grew up and attended school. Ernie moved to the United States in 1951 and
    lived in Vernon Center where he worked at the feed mill and learned the farming business. In 1957, Wilhelmina "Mimy" Horsting moved to Minnesota from Holland and the couple were married two weeks later on April 22, 1957. The couple made their home first in Vernon Center, then Madelia and finally moved to St. James in 1964, where they have lived now on their farm for
    nearly 50 years.
    Ernie is survived by his wife, Mimy of St. James; children, Larry Brandts and Ed Snyder of Golden Valley and their children Erin and Rich Surprise and Sara and Brandon Jonckheere, Mike and Jane Brandts of St. James and their children Ryan, Anna, Meghan, Briana, Zach and Allison, Dave and Patty Brandts of St. James and their children Oniel, Sontiana, Andre and Mariah Brandts and Kelly, Tammy and Holly Johnson, Monique and Paul Silver of Shakopee, and great-grandchildren Logan and Noah Johnson and Eliot and Carter Surprise; and sister, Mientje Brandts and many relatives in Holland.
    He is preceded in death by his parents and twelve brothers & sisters from Holland.
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