Paula A. Brandt, 63, received her angel wings Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Eau Claire.

Paula was born September 17, 1958, to Bob and Betty Brandt, growing up in Eau Claire. She attended North High School, graduating in 1977. She then attended Chippewa Valley Technical College, graduating as an LPN, she then worked at the Northern Center in Chippewa Falls. In 1989, she graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College becoming an RN.

Paula’s love for helping and caring for people was evident not only in her professional life but personal life as well, her home, and her heart were open to all, never passing judgement. In 2017, she retired from nursing after working thirty-five years.

Paula led a full life, she enjoyed her flower garden, also playing cribbage, going to concerts and road trips, but most of all she loved spending time with family and friends. Her sweet smile, infectious laugh, and kind ways will always be a comfort.

Paula is survived by her sister, Joni Frederick; sister-in-law, Marlene Gonderzik; nieces and nephews, Kyle (Ashley) Frederick, Kirsten (Jesse) Jaskowski, Gary (Dana) Gonderzik, Rob Gonderzik, and Sherrie Elliott (Chris); 11 great-nieces and nephews; her good friend, Pete Kopca; best friend, Lisa Horak; and wonderful dogs, Ebony, Greta, and Rez.

Paula was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Betty Brandt; and brother, Gary Gonderzik.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 5:00 pm at the Moose Lodge in Eau Claire. Private burial will be held at a later date.


  1. Frank & I are so very sorry for your loss Joni, we didn’t know your sister well but the talks we had at family gathering will never be forgot, such a sweet lady, RIP Paula till we meet again. God Bless you all!

  2. Joni, we are so sorry to hear about Paula’s passing. She battled ill health for many years and now she is at peace, in heaven with your Mother, Dad and brother. May God comfort you.

  3. I work with Paula. Love her so. Never a dull moment! Missed her when she retired. She’s laughing and pain free now! Prayers to her family and friends.

  4. Rest In Peace Paula❤️ Very grateful to have known you and spend all that time with you. Sending my prayers to the family and Pete n Rez ❤️

  5. Having worked with Paula in a professional sense, living in Shawtown by her, I can only say Paula you were a great woman and a very good nurse! You endured many years of extreme health issues and yet you always had a twinkle in your eye and a radiating smile! Shawtown has lost a wonderful member of our community! No more sickness, no more pain, no more parting over there!

  6. I had the privilege of working with Paula at two different nursing homes, she was a sweetheart through and through. My sympathy to all.

  7. I sure will miss your laugh and you good outlook on life. If anyone ever asked you how you were doing you never let on all that you were going through, I will miss you my dear friend God Speed

  8. Joni and family,
    A very sad year for you and your family. Our sympathy goes out to you all.
    Paula was a ray of sunshine in a sometimes dark world. It seemed nothing could get her down even though she had so many reasons to be sad. Her laugh is what will be remembered. It was contagious. When Paula laughed, so did everyone around her. She and Shelley are giggling in heaven.

  9. After the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said, all we have is happy memories that we’ve shared with Lil Pea. We lost a great friend, but the universe received a new beautiful star.

  10. Hi Joni, just heard about Paula. I am so sorry to hear the news. I knew she would grow up and be a super star to so many! That smile and laugh was so genuine. She over came so much in life. Paula is being rewarded right now! God Bless you and your family. Love, Bill

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