Brigitte Ella Sledge

July 21, 1938March 23, 2020

Brigitte Ella Sledge, 81, passed away while surrounded by family on Monday March 23, 2020 at the Olathe Health Hospice House in Olathe, Kansas. She was born July 21, 1938 in Berlin, Germany to Wilhelm and Elli Judernatz. Brigitte came to the United States with her family when she was 16 and settled in Omaha, Nebraska. It was there that she met the love of her life, Thomas Sledge, also of Omaha. Brigitte soon became a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker and remained so, long after the family’s relocation to Olathe, Kansas. Brigitte doted on her husband, children, and grandchildren, all of whom she loved very much. She was a firecracker, full of life, perseverance, laughter, and wit who enjoyed spending quality time with her family, sharing stories of her childhood, and making delicious home-cooked meals. Later in life, she also enjoyed knitting, reading on her Kindle, and watching her favorite show, Survivor. Brigitte had a bold sense of style, which proved to be a wonderful expression of her equally bold personality. She is survived by her three children and their spouses: Thomas Sledge and his wife Lynette of Moyock, NC; Ted Sledge and his wife Heather of Bemidji, MN; and Brigitte (Sledge) Brandt and her husband Patrick of Gardner, KS. She is also survived by her sister, Marianne Dorey of Tucson, AZ, as well as five of her grandchildren: Samantha Brandt, Cassidy Brandt, Trevor Sledge, Christopher Sledge, and Zachary Sledge. Upon her passing, Brigitte looked forward to reuniting with her heavenly family, including her husband, Thomas; her brother, Manfred Judernatz; and her beloved grandson, Nicholas Sledge. Private services will be held locally in Olathe, KS for immediate family only on Thursday, March 26, 2020.


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Bonnie Karinen

March 28, 2020

Oh, Ted! 😰 Brigitte and Tom!

We love you and are so sorry that you have lost your beautiful mother. We are thinking of you and lifting you up in our prayers. God bless and comfort you in this painful time.

❤️ Bonnie, Erika, Christopher, and Lillian

Mary/Greg Fargen/Hunter

March 25, 2020

Lynette and Family,

Sorry to hear of your loss. I hope your memories ease the pain that has found its way into your heart .

Lucy (Kizer) Smith

March 25, 2020

Tom, Ted, Brigitte and families,

Please accept my condolences over the passing of your beautiful mom, Brigitte. Our paths have not crossed often in recent years, but I do remember seeing her and Brigitte ll at dad's memorial services. They were a sight for sore eyes that day; seeing Sledge relatives made my mom, Lois, seem that much closer. (Mom has been gone for over 30 years.)
I loved reading her story. You captured the woman I remembered from my youth, when family picnics with cousins, aunts and uncles were common. She was spirited, stunning, and warm. Her wonderful German accent made her special.
I will keep you all in my prayers as you say good-bye to your sweet mom.

With warm regards, Lucy Smith

Lynette Sledge

March 24, 2020

Tom, Ted, Brigitte,Patrick and girls, thank you for sharing your Mom/Grandma with me. You all are a true testament to the loving, brave, spunky and stubborn woman that you call Mutti.

I will miss my chats and laughing with her, at Tom's expense. She was truly an inspirational woman.

Love you all.