Lindona E. Brendel


Lindona E. Brendel, 71, of Bismarck, passed away at her home on May 18, 2024 surrounded by her loving family.

A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 PM on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Bismarck Funeral Home.  The family will be receiving guests one hour prior to the service.

Lindona was born on January 10, 1953, to Lloyd and Louise (Hagen) Shepherd in Bismarck, ND.  She grew up in Wilton, ND and graduated from Wilton High School in 1971.

On June 26, 1972, Lindona married Albert Brendel.  After his passing, she married Terry Brendel on August 1, 1987.

A talented crafter with a warm and lively spirit, Lindona brought immense joy to all who knew her. Her skilled hands lovingly created treasured handmade dolls, cozy blankets, and sewn garments to be cherished for generations. While she delighted in innocent pastimes like the friendly competition of bingo nights and nostalgic games of marbles reminding her of childhood, Lindona’s greatest joy came from precious moments spent surrounded by her loving family. Her creativity, patience, adventurous zest for life, and unconditional love for her loved ones inspired all around her daily. Though her caring nature and crafting talents will be deeply missed, it is the cherished memories of Lindona’s devotion to family that will forever warm the hearts of those blessed to know her.

Lindona will be deeply missed by her husband, Terry; children, Lynn (Jason) Wright, Albert Brendel, Roger (Becky) Brendel, Amanda Brendel, Travis Brendel, Jessica (Kyle) Wills, and Terry (Kylie) Brendel; 18 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; siblings, Irene (Elmer) Jaton, Roger Shepherd, Dan (Kathy) Shepherd, Paul (Jennifer) Shepherd, Alan (Beth) Shepherd, Tammy (Keith) Manchester; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Louise Shepherd; her late husband, Albert Brendel; four brothers; two sisters; and her father and mother-in-law, Albert (Bernadine) Brendel.

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Seems like your time has come and so I ask God to help me write something that is meaningful and honors you and also the impact you had on me.
In a world I never understood with all the pain and misery, and thinking back when I first met you Lindona, I thought the world was full of rainbows and butterflies until it wasn’t and how I responded to life’s challenges without a doubt resembled that of adolescence. I caused you many difficult times and yet you always were there for me when I needed someone. You were there for me when nobody was looking, you were there for me when I lost touch, you were always there for me. People have come and gone in my life and when I was successful is when they come and when I was broken in all aspects they have gone and I’ve had times when I was completely alone and isolated and yet you were available and there if I reached out and I had nothing to give or offer, I had no value and yet you were there for me. They speak of that kind of humility in novels I’ve read but seldomly experienced, I’ve heard Jesus in his teachings telling others to practice such empathy and understanding even for their enemies. Yet I’ve seldomly experienced even his followers practicing the teachings to that extent and yet Lindona you practiced compassion as another of God’s children should even after times when you had personal reasons to not show me empathy. It’s the few handful of people like Lindona that have given me the confidence to keep moving forward, to believe in my own hope, to know that my brothers and sisters as God calls humanity’s relationship to one another, that they can be just as loving as I thought as such when i was a child. Thanks for being so good to me and I always will cherish you and your grace and for showing me that people can still love and care about me when I had no physical world value, thank you for being one of the few people that i didn’t have to buy for them to care.
Don’t cry for me now I have died, for I’m still here I’m by your side,
My body’s gone but my soul is here, please don’t shed another tear,
I am still here I’m all around, only my body lies in the ground.
I am the snowflake that kisses your nose,
I am the frost, that nips your toes.
I am the sun, bringing you light,
I am the star, shining so bright.
I am the rain, refreshing the earth,
I am the laughter, I am the mirth.
I am the bird, up in the sky,
I am the cloud, that’s drifting by.
I am the thoughts, inside your head,
While I’m still there, I can’t be dead.

Last edited 2 months ago by Er.

so sorry she was a good friend