Services for John Brend, 84, of Churdan, will be held at 11 AM Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church west of Church. Visitation will be from 9 AM to the time of service. Burial will be at a later date in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggest to the St. Patrick Church or Stewart Memorial Hospice in Lake City.
John Joseph Brend was born on October 18, 1932 at home in rural Adaza to John (J.L.) and Elsie (Tasler) Brend. He departed his life at home on July 1, 2017. He was known as Jackie by family and in country school; which he attended until 6th grade then graduating from Lohrville High School in 1951. He married Geraldine (Jeri) Burke on February 20, 1952 at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lohrville.
Faith, farming, family and friends were his life – occupation and recreation. John farmed with his uncle the last two years of high school; then farmed on his own for 60 years; retiring in 2011. John celebrated his 65th wedding anniversary with Jeri this past year. He was a lifetime Cedar Township resident and lifetime member of St. Patrick Church serving as church and township trustee. John & Jeri were parents of four daughters and two sons. He is survived by his wife, and children Teresa (Mike) Johannsen of Dubuque, Cindy (Jay) Kane of Noank, Connecticut, Pam (Gary) Haberl of Lohrville, Pegi (George) Erickson of Paton, Joe (Kris) Brend of Ogden and Jim Brend of Twin Lakes, 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. In addition John is survived by five brothers, Larry, Dave, Dwight, Steve, and Tom. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Gary and Warren; infant son, John; and grandchild Jon and great-grandchild Jaiden.
Mass of the Christian burial was held at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in rural Churdan at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, July 7, 2017 with Fr. Lynn Bruch as the celebrant. John’s wishes were to have his body donated to the University of Iowa Hospital. Burial of ashes will be held at a later date in Saint Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in rural Churdan. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church or Stewart Memorial Hospice.