Anny Neufeld Brandt was born on April 10, 1933 in Fernheim Colony, Filadelfia, Paraguay to Mennonite Russian immigrant parents, Isaac and Aganetha Neufeld. She was the eleventh child of thirteen children, four of her siblings died in infancy. Anny grew up in the Chaco Mennonite Colonies with her eight siblings. She had eight years of education.
Anny was raised in a Christian home and came to a personal faith in Jesus Christ during her childhood. She was baptized on September 27, 1953. When she was 19, she went to work at the Leper Mission at Kilometer 81, East Paraguay where Mennonites could work to show their gratitude to the government for the kindness they had extended to the Mennonites. Anny was one of the first volunteers there and was involved with building projects…and killing rats!
When she came home from the Mission, she went to work at the “experiment farm” where she soon met and became friends with Eldon Brandt. Their friendship grew and they were married on January 29, 1955 in Paraguay. They returned to the United States in April of 1955. Anny was 22 years old. They set up their home near Newton, Kansas and then moved to the Hillsboro area in l962 where they lived until the late 1980’s. There they attended the Tabor Mennonite Church. Anny was involved in various church activities and functions, and also volunteered at the Prairie View Mental Health Hospital.
She enjoyed being a stay-at-home wife and mother to sons Bruce, Merle, and Sidney, and she did free-lance photo re-touching as a part-time job from her home. She loved baking and was notorious for her home-made cinnamon rolls. Over the years, the family enjoyed visiting many of Anny’s relatives who had moved to Canada. In 1995, Anny and Eldon were able to return to Paraguay for a joyful reunion with many loved ones. Anny was supportive of Eldon’s bee-keeping business and they eventually moved to Yankton, South Dakota where they set up shop. While in Yankton, they attended the South Salem Mennonite Church in rural Freeman.
When Eldon suffered a stroke in November 2001, Anny cared for him in their home for a number of years. Eventually they both moved to Majestic Bluffs in Yankton, then to Centerville where Eldon resided in the Good Samaritan Center, and then Anny moved back to Yankton after Eldon’s passing so she could be closer to her beloved family and grandkids.
Anny will be remembered for her kind heart, her love of family, her faith in God and her famous cinnamon rolls and other baked goods which were enjoyed by many family members and friends over the years.
Anny was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac and Aganetha Neufeld, and ten siblings.
Anny is survived by sons Bruce (wife Melody) of Littleton, CO; Merle (wife Gena) of Yankton, SD; Sidney (wife Mary) of Tabor, SD; and seven grandchildren and sisters Margaret and Kaethe.