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Margaret Ann Brendel, 73, of St. Martins, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at her residence.
She was born on March 21, 1937, in Folk, the daughter of the late Hubert Henry and Frances Mary Schulte Rustemeyer. She was married on October 20, 1956, in St. Martins, to Ernest Anton Brendel, who died on April 19, 1996. Mrs. Brendel was employed for 25 years with McGraw Edison Co., and later with Johnson Controls, Inc., for 11 years until her retirement. She was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church and an active member of the quilt association and the Wyman Basinger Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 35 Auxiliary where she served as chaplain and devoted many hours of service. She was an avid gardener and a talented seamstress who created many beautiful quilts. But her greatest love was for her children and grandchildren. Survivors include six children: Janet Hirschman, Jefferson City, Sharon (Ron) Distler, Jefferson City, Karen (J. Jeffrey) Brondel, St. Martins, Larry (Jennifer) Brendel, Centertown, Anthony “Tony” (DeAnn) Brendel, Scott City, and Patrick (Justa) Brendel, Jefferson City; 13 grandchildren: Erin McGuire, Amber Stevens, Deborah Distler, Amy Distler, Kyle Distler, Stephanie Howard, Tyler Brondel, Hadley Brendel, Morgan Brendel, Cole Brendel, Hunter Brendel, Lauren Brendel and Hayden Brendel; three great-grandchildren: Cameron Briot, Arianna McGuire and Addyson Randolph; and brothers and sisters: Geri Cornett, St. Martins, Mary (Albert) Melcher, Jefferson City, JoAnn Prenger, Omaha, Nebraska, Bernard (Catherine) Rustemeyer, St. Martins and Stanley (JoAnn) Rustemeyer, Jefferson City. She was preceded in death by an infant great-granddaughter: Amelia Rae McGuire; and one brother: John Rustemeyer. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 11, at St. Martin Catholic Church with the Rev. Edwin A. Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in St. Martin Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:30-8 p.m. today at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4 p.m. Memorials are suggested to St. Martin Catholic Church, 7148 St. Martins Ave., Jefferson City, MO 65109, Wyman Basinger VFW Post No. 35, 502 Irwin Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109, Hospice Compassus, 600 Monroe Street, Suite 100, Jefferson City, MO 65101, or a charity of the donor's choice. Those wishing to email tributes or condolences to the family may do so at www.dulletrimble.com.