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Rose Ann Brandenstein

Obituary for Rose Ann Brandenstein

February 11, 2020
Alhambra, California


Rose Ann Brandenstein, 87, of Alhambra, CA and formerly of Chandler, AZ; Springfield, MO; Dearborn, MI; and Philadelphia, PA, slipped peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday evening, February 11, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with COPD. Rose Ann was born in 1932 in Philadelphia, the first of two children born to the late Clayton and Rose Erb.

Throughout her childhood, Rose Ann attended Wissinoming Gospel Tabernacle, where her great uncle Walter Erb was pastor. She gave her life to Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age. "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9). Rose Ann had a deep lifelong faith in her Savior, and loved to tell others the good news of the gospel.
Rose Ann met the love of her life, Ward Brandenstein, at Olney High School in Philadelphia, from which she graduated in 1950. She earned a 3-year diploma from Philadelphia Bible Institute in 1954, a BMus from Southwest Missouri State University (Magna Cum Laude) in 1983, and a BScience from Philadelphia College of Bible in 1991.

Ward and Rose Ann were married in 1953, and they recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. An accomplished musician, Rose Ann played piano and/or organ in every church ministry the Lord took Ward to as pastor, as well as many other churches as a guest or substitute keyboardist. A few highlights where she played include Gilead Baptist Church (Detroit) with her brother, Clayton Erb; High Street Baptist Church, as well as First Calvary Presbyterian Church (Springfield, MO); Grace Community Church and Bel Air Presbyterian Church (Los Angeles); and finally, on the lovely Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ of First Baptist Church of Alhambra, CA where she was organist until August of 2018 at the wonderful age of 86!

Rose Ann is survived by her devoted husband, the Rev. A. Ward Brandenstein, along with her two sons, Paul C. Brandenstein (Carmen) and William W. "Bill" Brandenstein (Amy); and her brother Clayton Erb. She will be fondly remembered also by her grandchildren: Philip, Ellen, Lauren, William, Rachel, and Sara, along with her great-grandchildren: James, Emmett, Bailey, Peregrinn, Ophelia, and Julian.

Friends and relatives are invited to Rose Ann's service celebrating her life on Friday, February 21, 2020, at Dean-Geitner-Givnish of Fox Chase, 7900 Oxford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111. A viewing will be held at 12:00 p.m., the funeral service at 1:00 p.m., with interment at Lawnview Cemetery following. Memorial contributions in Rose Ann's name may be made to the Loving Care Fund, Atherton Baptist Homes, 214 S. Atlantic Blvd. Alhambra, CA 91801. There will also be a memorial service on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., at the Merriam Chapel at Atherton Baptist Homes, Alhambra, CA. Services to the family are entrusted under the care of Dean-Geitner-Givnish, 215-745-1006.

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  • The Loving Care Fund, Atherton Baptist Homes
    214 S. Atlantic Blvd
    Alhambra, CA 91801

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7900 Oxford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19111
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