Long-time Newman resident Lucretia ‘Lu’ Honoria Brant passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, at 98 years of age.
Mrs. Brant was born Oct. 4, 1920, in San Jose to Antonio and Catherine Reis, who had immigrated from the Azores. A brother, 4-year-old Herman, completed the family.
Most of her life was lived in the Central Valley, with the majority of her years spent in Newman.
Mrs. Brant was married for a time but was divorced at the time of her death.
She made her living in several ways over her long life. During World War II she worked in a bomb plant, meeting her brother’s future wife, Elsie Santos. In the 1960s she began working in the local Newman bakery for her future husband. Mrs. Brant became a nurses aide later in life.
Mrs. Brant was active in St. Joachim’s Catholic Church in Newman, and volunteered at the Newman Museum.
She is survived by two nephews, Martin Reis (Kathy) of Texas and Marvin Reis (Bonnie) of Missouri; a sister-in-law, Elsie Reis of Missouri; and a nephew-in-law, John Tuers of Modesto.
Mrs. Brant was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, as well as two nieces, Colleen Tuers and Christine Reis.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at St. Joachim’s Catholic Church, Newman. Interment will follow in Turlock Memorial Park.
Hillview Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Remembrances may be directed to: Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto 95356.