June 23, 1941- January 11, 2014
Marcella Brend, the daughter of E.R. “Bill” and Anna (Tasler) Brend, was born June 23, 1941 at the family farm home west of Churdan, Iowa and departed this life January 11, 2014 at the Loring Hospital in Sac City, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 72 years, 6 months and 18 days.
Marcy attended and graduated from the Lohrville High School in 1959. After graduation, Marcy moved to Des Moines and worked for Bankers Life Insurance and Burch Manufacturing.
On August 27, 1960, Marcella Brend was united in marriage to Dennis D. Holm at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines. Four children were born to this union. After her marriage ended, Marcy lived in St. Charles, Missouri and was employed at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis as a medical research assistant. In 1978, she and her family moved to Carroll, Iowa and she worked at the Carroll Health Center and Carroll Manor as a medical assistant. In 2006, Marcy became a resident at the Black Hawk Care Center in Lake View, Iowa.
During her life, Marcy was a kind and compassionate person who was concerned with others and was always there to help when needed. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, having company over to visit, watching soap operas, having her coffee and diet Pepsi and loved her cat, Sky. Her grandchildren lovingly remember having fudge ice cream at her home and her bright blue eye shadow.
Marcy is survived by her four children; Bryan Holm and his wife, Colleen, of Grimes, Todd Holm of Gibsonton, Florida., Tad Holm of West Des Moines and Natalie Irlbeck of Carroll, 15 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, a sister, Mary Jo Kerns and her husband, Kelly, of Casa Grande, Arizona and two sisters-in-law, Betty and Phylis Brend of Lohrville. Those who preceded her in death were her parents and two brothers, Richard “Dick” and Raymond Brend.
Mass of the Christian burial was held at 10:30 am Wednesday, January 15, 2014, from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lohrville with Father Jeff Scheisman officiating. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery west of Churdan. Musical selections were sung by the church choir and accompanied by organist, Donny Hobbs. Serving as Lectors were Chalsey Daniel, Tad Holm and Tiffany Irlbeck and gift bearers were Tad and Todd Holm.
Placing the Pall were Carrie Holm, Courtney Noble, Nick Irlbeck, Jordan Holm, Linda Laftoon and Tony Holm. Serving as casket bearers were Mike Trucker, Rocky Kerns, Shawn Kerns, Tim Kerns, Steven Behrens, Shawn Brend and Randy Tasler. Honorary bearers were Tad Holm, Nick Holm, Sharon Behrens, Gloria Wattonville, Kelly Christensen, Nadine Welanberg and Sally Shcott.Information provided by: Brown Funereal Homes, Inc. 408 Lincoln Way Street Jefferson, IA 50129 www.brownfuneralhomesiowa.com