Bernadette C. Brendel, 88, of Westphalia, died Saturday, December 29, 2012, at Westphalia Hills. She was born on December 4, 1924, in Westphalia, the daughter of the late Joseph and Gertrude (Mertensmeyer) Koester. She was united in marriage on December 1, 1962, in St. Louis, to Herman Brendel who survives. Mrs. Brendel was a homemaker and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Westphalia, Western Catholic Union, and St. Ann's Sodality. Mrs. Brendel loved to garden and tend to her flowers. She especially loved her goats that she treated like her children. Other survivors include: numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Marie Johanna Koester. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, January 3, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Westphalia, with the Rev. Mark S. Smith officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials are suggested to Mass intentions and St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 116, Westphalia, MO 65085-0116. Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Those wishing to email tributes or condolences to the family may do so at the www.dulletrimble.com website.