On June 4, 2018, Miriam Brandstatter, age 97, passed peacefully at the Veteran’s Hospice unit in Palo Alto, CA. She was surrounded by her family after nearly twenty months of being cared for by the skilled, and compassionate staff. Miriam leaves an impressive legacy of serving her country as a World War II nurse, practicing public health nursing including a master’s degree from Stanford in Public Health, and later becoming a licensed psychotherapist in private practice until she retired at age 90.
Miriam touched the hearts of all those who knew her with her wit, passion for life, and courage in the face of many hardships, always demonstrating amazing resilience. Her husband, Julius, preceded her in death in 2004, after 56 years of marriage. Miriam lived at Bridgepoint Assisted Living for five years with her beloved poodle, Benni, and the many friendships she cultivated. Miriam loved classical music, reading, watching CNN and entertaining.
Miriam will be greatly missed by her three daughters, Andrea Spira and her partner, Louis Gecenok, Carol Myers and her husband, Daniel Dlugose, and Nancy Eiger and her partner, Mike McGillis, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Her spirit and perseverance will live on as a reminder to appreciate the preciousness of life.