Berniece L. Brendel

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Berniece L. Brendel, 92, of Leslie, MO, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan.

Berniece Loretta Voss was born in Forest Park, IL, on March 15, 1928, to the late Rudolph Carl and Bertha (Bertels) Voss. When she was just a young girl, Berniece and her family moved to the Spring Creek area, during the Depression. She grew up and attended Long Ridge School and graduated from Sullivan High School, Class of 1946. Berniece was united in marriage to Carl F. Brendel on June 7, 1947 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Both of their families were very involved at St. Anthony’s Church. Carl and Berniece were blessed with ten children. Together, they raised their children near Leslie. Berniece worked as a cook for local schools for many years. She eventually retired from Spring Bluff School, then headed up the catering for the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. They also catered many local events over the years.

Berniece was a devoted member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. She was well known for cooking, baking, quilting and her embroidery. She was well loved by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Berniece leaves behind an amazing family legacy.

Berniece is survived by her ten children: Bertha Rose and husband Gary of Bourbon, Irene Sieve and husband Dave of Villa Ridge, Carl Brendel, Jr. and wife Luana of Gerald, Jim Brendel and wife Barb of Beaufort, Joe Brendel and wife Janet of Leslie, Helen Pinnell and husband Larry of Cuba, Pat Kleinigger and husband Joe of Bourbon, David Brendel of Sullivan, Robert Brendel of St. Clair, and Ray Brendel and wife Alisa of Leslie; one brother, William Voss of Spring Bluff; 34 grandchildren; 68 great-grandchildren; 1 great- great-grandchild; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death

by her husband, Carl; her parents, Rudolph and Bertha Voss; a brother, Rudolph Voss; three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral Mass was 11 a.m., Friday, August 14, 2020 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Father Tim Henderson officiating. Interment will follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation was held from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Friday, at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Memorial contributions may be given in Berniece’s memory to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and/or St. Anthony’s School.

Friends may send online condolences to Berniece’s family at www.

All arrangements were under the care of the Eaton Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Sullivan.

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