Cecelia Brandt departed this world during her favorite season. Celia delighted in springtime, which brought the first blooms of her favorite flowers—daffodils and lilacs. Her admiration of beauty extended to the arts, and she was a devoted patron of culture in both her birthplace of Philadelphia and adopted hometown of Chicago. As a young woman, Celia appreciated the fine education she received at the Philadelphia High School for Girls, but not infrequently, she would cut class to spend an afternoon at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. After moving to Chicago, Celia shared her enjoyment of culture with her children and grandchildren by taking them to Chicago museums, as well as making sure that each of them signed up for a library card. She lived by the motto that a person could never feel truly alone, as long as he or she had the company of a good book. Celia cherished the time she spent at home raising her children. After her children reached adulthood, Celia resumed her career as a medical technician. She enjoyed interacting with colleagues and patients, which she far preferred over housekeeping. The advent of grandchildren was the pinnacle of family joy to Celia, who reveled in their company and looked forward to every visit. On April 21, 2013, Celia passed away at the age of 85. Her family misses her terribly. She is survived by her dear sisters, Reita Fridman and Dorothy Brandt; son, Fred Phillips (Hyonsook); daughter, Beth Jensen (Dennis); and five grandchildren, Lara Jensen, Anna Phillips, Andrew Jensen, Gina Phillips, and Simon Jensen. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
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