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Ernest B. "Brandy" Brandewie

January 1, 1931 ~ March 27, 2021 (age 90)

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Ernest B. “Brandy” Brandewie, 90, of South Bend, IN passed away at 11:44 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Dujarie House in Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame, IN, following an illness.  

He was born on January 1, 1931 to the late Albert and Mary (Ernst) Brandewie in Fort Loramie, OH, and has lived in the South Bend area most of his life after moving from Milwaukee, WI.  Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.

Ernest earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago.  He retired from Indiana University South Bend in May of 1996 after 22 years as Professor of Anthropology.  Healso served for a time as Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences.

On May 26, 1972, with all the proper permission from the church, he married his loving wife Pilar Nacu in The Philippines.  She survives him after a marriage of 49 years. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and a dear friend, Paul Herr of South Bend, IN.

He was an ordained member of the Society of the Divine Word, a member of the Anthropos Institute in Germany, a former member of St. Matthew Cathedral; and a current parishioner at Our Lady of Notre Dame Chapel at Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame, IN.

Ernest always said that he produced three “babies” during his lifetime: 1.) he founded an Orientation Center for Missionaries in New Guinea 2.) he initiated the Philippines Quarterly of Culture & Society at San Carlos University in Cebu, Philippines 3.) he wrote a proposal that was approved by the University andled to the creation of a Nursing Degree Program at Indiana University of South Bend.

Brandy enjoyed playing golf, traveling, and was an avid reader. 

Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at St. Joseph Chapel in Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame, IN, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, with Rev. Timothy L. O’Connor, C.S.C. officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:  Sisters of St. Benedict, 802 E. 10th St. Ferdinand, IN 47502. 

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April 6, 2021

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
St. Joseph Chapel
54515 IN 933
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Mass of Christian Burial
April 6, 2021

3:00 PM
St. Joseph Chapel
54515 IN 933
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Interment will be at a later date

St. Joseph Cemetery
24980 IN-2
South Bend, IN 46619

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