Sister Gabriel Brandt, OSB, of St. Scholastica Monastery, Fort Smith, entered into eternal life on April 4, 2013 at the age of 84. Delphine Brandt was born on December 13, 1928 in Edwardsville, Ill. to Joseph and Rose Schmidt Brandt. She was an office worker for the Sinclair Company for twelve years before joining St. Scholastica in 1958. She made her monastic profession on June 24, 1961, taking the name Sister Mary Gabriel. She taught school for seven years, at St. Scholastica Academy; St. Pius X School, Moberly, Mo.; St. John School, Fort Smith; and Assumption School, Atkins. She served as procurator for the community from 1967-75 and 1985-96, and as treasurer-procurator from 1996-2002. She studied licensed practical nursing at St. Edward Hospital, Fort Smith, from 1980-81 and worked at St. Edward from 1981-89. For the past eleven years she was the liaison with the nursing supervisor in the Infirmary. She could often be heard playing the flute at Mass and prayers.
Sister Gabriel is survived by cousins and her religious community. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Earl.
Sister Gabriel’s funeral Mass was celebrated on April 8, 2013 with Fr. David McKillin, OSB presiding.
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