Christine Susan (Brandt) Carlson

March 31, 1961 ~ March 29, 2018 (age 56)

Christine Susan Brandt Carlson died March 29 in Prairie du Chien, two days short of her 57th birthday, from complications of her struggle against breast cancer.

She was the daughter of Quentin and the late Dorothy Brandt, formerly of Prairie du Chien. She was born in St. Paul, Minn., and moved as a girl with her family from Roseville. Minn. to Prairie du Chien in 1969. She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1979, and then attended WWTI in LaCrosse, where she earned a two-year degree, and later took classes at University of Wisconsin-Stout and Oakland Community College.

Chris worked both as a library assistant and as a veterinary assistant, in which job she discovered a latent love for animals. 

She spent much of her adult life in suburban Detroit, where she raised two daughters, Jacqueline Carlson (Shawn Camp), of Lake Orion, Mich., and Caitlin (Michael) Foster, of La Crosse. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara (Edward) Myers of Prairie du Chien, and a brother, Steven Brandt (Lynda McDonnell) of Minneapolis, her former husband Gene (Tracy) Carlson of Miami, sister in law Beth Brandt of Des Moines, Iowa, and a grandchild due this summer, Becket Christian Foster.

She was preceded in death by her mother, her brother Bruce Brandt, and her infant son, Scott.

Chris was a woman of strong friendships, and consummate care for others. The calm with which she faced her disease, and the reverses it inflicted on her, amazed and inspired both friends and family.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, April 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. John’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, Rev. James Weighner officiating with a private family inurnment later in the Calvary Cemetery both in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien where there will be a rosary at 7:00 PM.  Memorials are preferred to Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter of Prairie du Chien or the American Cancer Society. 

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