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Joan (Joanie) Brondell, age 75, of Manhattan, Kan., died Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, after a long struggle with lung cancer. The youngest of seven children she was born on December 10, 1936, the daughter of Anna and Jule Oidtman in Jefferson City, Mo. On November 8, 1958, in Jefferson City's St. Peter's Cathedral she was united in marriage to William Brondell, he survives of the home. Joan grew up in Jefferson City, graduating from St. Peter's High School in 1954. In 1957 she earned her R.N. degree from St. John's Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, and began her nursing career, which she continued until she retired in 2001. She was a part time surgical nurse at the University of Missouri Hospital until she moved with her husband and young son to Manhattan. For most of the last 35 years she was a circulating nurse in Surgery in Mercy Hospital (formerly the St. Mary Hospital) in Manhattan. She was an active and faithful member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church. She served in several positions on the Parish Board and at the Budget Shop. Joan had a wide range of interests in the social, religious, and cultural life of Manhattan. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the sports programs at Monsignor Luckey High School and Kansas State University. She had derived a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment from traveling with her husband, her family, and her friends, especially her annual extended traveling abroad. Since her retirement, she also enjoyed spending her Februaries with her husband and siblings in Florida and Texas. She often stated that she was a "New Testament" kind of person who tried to live her life according to the Two Commandments of the New Covenant: Love God; and Love Your Neighbor as Yourself. And the three great loves of her life: Her Church, Her Family, and Her Friends, were the natural result of her strong belief in God of love and mercy. She is also survived by her son, Karl Brondell and his wife Melissa, of Bloomington, Ill.; her daughter, Karin Tollefson, of Indianapolis, Ind.; her four grandchildren, Cal Graffeo, Ashley Brondell, Karrie Brondell, and Jeffrey Brondell and his wife Sara. In addition she is also survived by her brother Jerry Oidtman, of Crossville, Tenn., and three sisters, Bebee Martin, of Fort Myers, Fla., Anna Marie Klebba, and Jewell Rae Bode and her husband Ed, both of Jefferson City, Mo.; her brothers-in-law, Jim Brondell and his wife Mary Helen, of Jefferson City, Mo., and Daniel Brondell and his wife Patricia, of St. Louis, Mo. Other survivors include numerous nephews and nieces, with whom she had a special relationship and whom she often called "her little chickens". She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Frieda Anderson and Nadine Isenberg; and by her in-laws, Jack Anderson, Sam Isenberg, Bill Martin, Larry Klebba, Henry Lichius and Mary Lee Oidtman. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan, Kan., with Rev. Joseph S. Popelka as Celebrant. Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com Memorial contributions are suggested to the Manhattan Catholic Schools. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
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