Helena Brandt, age 83, of Kalamazoo, MI passed into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Helena was born in Orange City, IA on March 31, 1933, the daughter of the late Andrew Huisman and Rena (Kroeze) Huisman. She taught elementary School in Iowa and then in Imlay City, MI where she met her husband, Almon Merle Brandt. They were united in marriage on September 23, 1954, he preceded her in death in January of 1980. Together they had two children, Lisa (Jeff) Jones and Kristie (Chris) Abruzzo. She is also survived by grandchildren, Brant Jones and Anthony (Abby) Abruzzo; four step-grandchildren, Christy (Shane) Dubay, Nicholas Abruzzo, Brian Jones and Michael Jones; step-great-grandchildren, Henry and Benjaman Dubay; siblings are Vern Huisman, Esther (Rod) DeHaan, Ruth Boone, Eleanor Van Grouw, and Alan Huisman; and many nieces and nephews. She was a member of Third Christian Reformed Church in Kalamazoo and formerly of Imlay City Christian Reformed Church. She enjoyed volunteering in her community, golf, gardening and walking with her dog. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 11 AM on March 17 at Third Christian Reformed Church, 2400 Winchell Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49008 with Rev. Kenneth A. Baker officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: New Friends, 3700 West Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49006. All contributions will be forwarded to the Michigan Great Lakes Chapter/Alzheimer's Association.