By Dave Fidlin
Several of the top leaders of Waterford Union High School had fond words for a veteran educator who left an indelible imprint on the venue that will endure for decades to come.
Keith Brandstetter closed out his career at WUHS three years ago, but he was remembered recently as word came down of his passing. Brandstetter, who had since moved to Sister Bay, died April 12. He was 68.
“Keith was a legend in this community, in my opinion,” WUHS School Board President Michael Schoenfeld said as a discussion of Brandstetter’s passing that occurred at a board meeting April 18. “He’s going to be sorely missed.”
Brandstetter’s career in education spanned 41 years and began in 1978 at WUHS, where he was a teacher and coach. He later transitioned to a similar role at Mukwonago High School, where he served as head boys’ basketball coach and led the team to its first state tournament in school history.
Eventually, Brandstetter returned to his familiar stomping grounds and assumed the role as assistant superintendent of WUHS in 1994 before ascending to the top position – superintendent – which was a role he held for 20 years.
Luke Francois, who succeeded Brandstetter as the high school district’s superintendent, spoke highly of his predecessor at the recent board meeting.
“He was a special person who gave decades of service,” Francois said of Brandstetter. “We send our deepest condolences.”
According to the official obituary, Brandstetter’s family is planning a public memorial gathering in the large gym at WUHS, from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, June 4.
A memorial service and reception are planned immediately after, at noon. The Rev. Kristie Jaramillo of Norway Lutheran Church will officiate the service.