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Robyn R. Brandt

Robyn Rae Brandt was born Aug. 12, 1972 in Morris to Peter and Joyce (Estensen) Brandt. She attended school in Morris where she received a letter in track, and graduated in 1991. Robyn attended St. Cloud State University for a degree in education and transferred to Alexandria Technical College where she received an AA degree in Graphic Design.

Robyn married Joseph Schramel where they lived in St. Cloud and were blessed with three beautiful children. Later, Robyn moved to Alexandria where she has made her home the past several years. She worked at Voyager Elementary School as a Para-professional until her diagnosis with cancer, which she courageously battled for the past year.

Robyn enjoyed going to garage sales, working with the children at school and being very active in her church community. She was a gifted artist and loved painting, but most of all she loved being with her children. She made the time spent with her children special and memorable by skating with Courtney and spending time with her boys on the farm. Robyn was an exceptional mother, daughter and sister. We will always remember her kind and loving nature, as well as her beautiful smile. Robyn has been an inspiration through her illness, and has spiritually touched all who knew her.

Robyn died on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 at Knute Nelson at the age of 36. She is survived by her children, Alexander, Colby and Courtney; parents, Peter and Joyce Brandt of Morris; brother, Dustin (Sara) Brandt and their son, Logan of Maple Grove and sister, Kimberly Brandt of Fargo, N.D.; and grandmother, Avis Brandt of Morris. Robyn is preceded in death by her grandparents, Ervin and Irma Estensen and Ray Brandt; and aunts, Betty (Estensen) Aquiningoc and Ann Estensen.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Alexandria with Bishop Bill Johnson officiating. Music was provided by chorister, Arlene Thompson; soloist, Tammie Olson and accompanists, Denise Freese and Jennie Mitchell. Inurnment will take place in the Scandia West Cemetery in Framnas Township, Stevens County. Casketbearers were Gregory Brandt, Michael Brandt, Carter Brandt, Donald Estensen, Scott Estenson, and Mark Estenson. Honorary casketbearers were Robyn's children, Alexander and Colby Schramel and Courtney Brandt.

Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.