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Joanne Brenden

June 25, 1934 ~ October 12, 2020 (age 86)

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Joanne Brenden, 86, of Whiting, Iowa passed away Monday, October 12, 2020 at her residence surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, October 16, 2020 at the First Congregational Church, U.C.C., Whiting, Iowa led by Christian Jensen. (Social distancing measures must be followed-Due to Covid-19 restrictions- Please bring and wear masks.) Burial will follow in the Whiting City Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, October 15, 2020 at the Rush Family Chapel in Onawa, Iowa. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.

Joanne Elaine was born June 25, 1934 in Onawa, Iowa the daughter of Harry and Ella (Johanson) Collett. She graduated from Onawa High School in 1952.

Joanne and Gale A. Brenden were united in marriage on November 14, 1954 in Onawa, Iowa. Three children were born to this union, Julie, Bradley, and Lori.

Joanne worked for the telephone office, John Holmes Publishing, and MCI.

She enjoyed sewing, quilting, baking, and was know as the “Cake Lady”. She also enjoyed attending her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church, U.C.C. in Whiting, Iowa.

Survivors include her daughter, Julie (Larry) Teel of Whiting, Iowa; son, Bradley (Mary) Brenden of Missouri Valley, Iowa; daughter, Lori (Skip) West of Whiting, Iowa; grandchildren, Adam Teel, Jessica Teel, Craig Brenden, Katie Morton, Trent West, Nicholas West, Alex West, Ashleigh Ellithorpe, Alyshia Larson, and Elliott Curnyn; great-grandchildren, Lauryn, Brenyn, and Karsyn Teel, Paxton Teel, Barrett and Callum Teel, Marissa and Layne Brenden, Cadence, Ryatt, and Saylor Morton, Taver and Paisley West, Owen and Ryker West, Emmett, Luna, and Eleanor West, Maddyson, Chloe, and Evan Ellithorpe, and Orrin Larson; two sisters, Betty Harms and Dorothy Bearce; sister-in-law, Ardis (Bert) McCandless; and sister-in-law, Nancy Brenden; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Ella (Johanson) Collett; husband, Gale A. Brenden; granddaughter, Jennifer Teel; brother, Don (Doris) Collett; sister, Mary (Chuck) Ping; and two brothers-in-law, Bob Harms and Easton Bearce.

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October 15, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Rush Family Chapel
1629 10th Street
Onawa, IA 51040

Funeral Service
October 16, 2020

10:00 AM
First Congregational Church, U.C.C. Whiting, Iowa
429 Whittier Street
Whiting, IA 51063

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