Sondra Joyce Brandt Talavera, 61, of Prairie Village, Kansas, died April 9, 2017 in St Luke’s Hospital South in Overland Park, Kansas. Born in McKeesport on October 12, 1955, she was a daughter of the late Richard Barclay Brandt and the late Nancy Rader Brandt.
Sondra was a devoted mother and is survived by her beloved daughters Amanda (Beau) Blochlinger of Leawood, Kansas and Monica Talavera of Fairway, Kansas., sister Jackie (Paul) Lapkowicz and brother Paul (Kathy) Brandt all of White Oak, Nieces Kellie Kerston of McKeesport and Dana (Brian }Shaner of Waterford, MI, Nephews Michael Lapkowicz of Versailles, Justin (Laura) Brandt of Flemington, NJ, and Tyler Brandt of White Oak, an uncle Robert Brandt of Collegeville, Pa, great nieces, great nephew, cousins and friends.
Sondra was raised in White Oak and had attended the Wesley United Methodist Church. She was a graduate of McKeesport Area High School and Southwest Missouri State University. Sondra was employed by Waddell and Reed for 38 years as manager of customer services. She was an avid sports fan following all Pittsburgh and Kansas City teams.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brother Rick Brandt and aunts Jeane Rader and Lois Stewart.
Friends are welcome beginning at 10:30 am Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 1229 Prescott St, White Oak where a service will begin at 11 am with the Reverend Deborah Kociban officiating. A celebration of Sondra’s life was also observed on April 15,2017 in Kansas. Funeral arrangements were in charge of Signature Funerals, Kansas City, Missouri.
Originally published June 07, 2017.