Roberta Florence (McDonald) Brendel

POYNETTE  --   Roberta Florence (McDonald) Brendel, age 93, of Poynette, passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Divine Savior Healthcare Hospital in Portage.

Roberta was born on March 31, 1921, the daughter of Wayne L. and Florence E. (McMillan) McDonald. Roberta grew up in Poynette and graduated from Poynette high school in 1939.  She then went on to graduate from the Gradwohl Medical Laboratory School in St. Louis, MO in 1942.  She worked as a lab technician for Dr. W.J. Folke in Poynette until 1955.  On December 28, 1957 she married Joseph S. Brendel, of Napoleon, N. D., at St. Thomas Parish in Poynette.  Together they owned and ran the Poynette True Value Hardware Store until they sold the business in 1981. 

Roberta was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, and her parents, Wayne and Florence McDonald.  She is survived by three children; Nicolas (Nellie) Robertson of Surprise, AZ, Karen (Mark) Heimerl, of Mequon, WI, and Susan Baehr, of Antioch, IL; six grandchildren, Michael (Laura) Robertson, of Phoenix, AZ, Chelsea (Ken) Belnap, Jessica Heimerl, of Wauwatosa, WI, Evan Heimerl, of Mequon, WI, Eric Baehr, of Grand Rapids, MI, and Kimberly Baehr, of Antioch, IL; six great-grandchildren, Victoria (Zach) Robertson Walker, Tyler, Luke, Seth, Benjamin, and Avery Robertson, of Phoenix, AZ; a sister, Wanda Hammond, and a niece, Heather Hammond, both of St. Louis Park, MN; and a nephew, Christopher (Sharon) Hammond of Edina, MN, other relatives and many friends.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Poynette, with Fr. Paul Eruva presiding.  Inurnment will be private.  Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Poynette Historical Society, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, or the Poynette Library.

The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette is assisting the family.


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