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Imogene Loftin
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011

Imogene (Brandy) Lucille Brandenberger Loftin was born on December 29, 1920, in Mason County, Texas, the first child of Wesley John and Esther Schulze Brandenberger. She died on May 20, 2011. As a child, she attended school in the Hilda community and graduated from Mason High School. Hers was a pioneer ranching family, and she and her siblings had full responsibility for chores as they grew up. The high value she placed on meaningful hard work was one of her enduring characteristics. Her family was an original member of the Hilda United Methodist Church, and she was an active church member throughout her life. Many of her classmates and neighbors were also relatives in this German-American community, and German as well as English was spoken at home, church and school. After high school, she attended Texas Women’s University until she was old enough to begin nurse's training. She graduated from the Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in San Antonio as a Registered Nurse in 1942. It was during nurse's training that she acquired her lifelong nickname, “Brandy.” She met and married Thomas Woodrow Loftin of San Antonio in 1942, and traveled with him on his military assignments during WW II and the Korean conflict. They settled in San Antonio and raised their family there. When her children were old enough, she returned to nursing at the San Antonio TB Hospital and then completed her career with many years as a school nurse with SAISD. Brandy and Tommy were married for 65 years, until his death in 2007. Theirs was a romantic and loving relationship that has been an inspiration to family members and all who knew them. They were founding members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in San Antonio and she was a very active member until slowed by health issues. They had a ranch in Mason County and enjoyed spending time with their many friends and relatives there. After retirement, Brandy and Tommy traveled extensively and enjoyed visiting with relatives and friends from their many activities. Brandy was an out-going person who would make friends from strangers, even when they did not share a common language. She lived in San Antonio until moving to Austin in 2008 to be near family members. Earlier this year she enjoyed a party, attended by most of her extensive family, celebrating her ninetieth birthday.She is survived by her brother, Franklin Brandenberger and wife Margie of McQueeny, her sisters Gladys Hamman of San Antonio, and Florence Smith and husband Danny of Mason. She is also survived by her sons, George Loftin and wife Karen of Houston, Patrick Loftin and wife Marnee of Austin, and her daughter, Tommie Jean Mitchell of Mason. She has five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Because of her fondness for animals, please make memorial contributions to the ASPCA. Visitation was held Monday, May 23, 2011 from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at Mission Park South. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at 3:00 P.M. at Mission Park Funeral Chapels South. Interment followed in Mission Burial Park South.For personal acknowledgment you may sign the guest book at www.missionparks.com in the obituary section.Arrangements with:Mission Park Funeral Chapels South1700 South East Military Drive210-924-4242

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