March 17, 2023


TOMAH - Kristi Lyn Brandau, 68, a longtime Sparta, Wisconsin resident, passed away on March 17, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. Kristi will forever be remembered as a beloved wife of the late Paul Brandau; loving mother of Kacy Nuehring, Kory (Aaron) Lueck, and Katy Brown; proud and adored grandmother of Hadyn and Hadly Bernett, Clara and Ella Brown, and Bentley and Lily Lueck, dear baby sister of Karen (Don Heidrich) Steindorf, and Connie (Paul) McCusker, and daughter to the late Given and Dorothy Klein.

   She is further survived by her brother in-law Richard (Carol) Brandau, David (Cathy) Brandau, sister-in-law Mary Ellen Brandau, and nieces and nephews.

   Kristi was born in Arcadia, Wisconsin, when her family lived in Fountain City. They moved to Ontario, Wisconsin, in 1961, where she lived until she graduated from Brookwood High School in 1972. She moved to Wilton and then Cashton for a brief time when she and Paul ventured into farming. They moved to Sparta in 1978 until her final move to Tomah in 2022, to be near her daughters.

   Kristi lived a full, happy life despite struggling with illness for most of her lifetime. She battled Crohn’s disease, and beat breast, lung cancer (twice), and melanoma cancers. She succumbed to pneumonia as her last brave battle. Kristi was the heart of her family. She fell in love with Paul Brandau, whom she married on May 18, 1974. They had four children. Their oldest child, Matthew, died after only 6 short days of life. She lived for her daughters Kacy, Kory, Katy, and her six grandchildren. They were the love of her life.

   Kristi attended Eau Claire Cosmetology school and was the family hairdresser! She had a variety of interesting jobs: from working with the R. Brandau Livestock, Brandau Hill Auction, B & B Plumbing, First Choice Realty, and SFI Inc.

   Kristi was an avid crafter who made numerous cross-stitch baby quilts and many other projects. In addition, Kristi loved playing cards and going to bingo. She attended many Green Bay Packers games with her sister, was an avid wrestling fan, and enjoyed watching Badger games on television. You could hear her cheering from any seat in the house! Kristi always had a smile on her face. She was a joy to be around. She touched many hearts.

   Her family and friends will remember her as the kindest, most loving person they knew. She will be truly missed.

   “The pain of missing you is a beautiful reminder of the joy of loving you.” -Dean Jackson

   Kristi is preceded in death by her infant son Matthew, her beloved husband Paul, granddaughter Ella, her parents, Given and Dorothy Klein, and Harold and Emogene Brandau.

   A celebration of Kristi’s life will be held from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM, Saturday, March 25, 2023, at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta. Burial will follow at South Ridge Cemetery, in Wilton, with Reverend Randy Williamson officiating.

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   Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation