Laurie Behrends
May 21, 1957 - July 12, 2016

Laurie Anne Behrends, 59, of Arlington passed away peacefully, with her family at her side, on Tuesday July 12, 2016 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.  Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Friday July 15 at the Geilenfeld Funeral home in Oelwein.  Memorial services will begin at 10:30 AM on Saturday July 16 at First Baptist Church in Oelwein.  A memorial fund has been established.

Laurie was born on May 21, 1957 in New Hampton to parents Charles and Laverne (Jacobson) McLennan.  She graduated from New Hampton with the class of 1975.  She later attended Nursing School in Mt. Pleasant, TX, graduating in 1981.  On April 9, 1983 Laurie was united in marriage with Alan Behrends at Clear Lake.

Laurie was a nurse at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein for many years.  She was known for her infectious smile.  Laurie was blessed with many talents, such as quilting, gardening and more recently, painting.  She enjoyed antiquing and loved kayaking.  Most of all, she loved her grandchildren.

Left to celebrate Laurie’s life is her husband Al; her children: Brad Behrends of Mason City, Matt Behrends of Mason City, Kristi (Nate) See of Hazleton, Charlene Behrends of Arlington and Alex Behrends of Arlington; her mother Vernie McLennan of Oelwein; her grandchildren: Lucas, Rylie, Alexis, Noah, Jackson, McKinzie, Emma, Cohen, Cambridge and Emri; her brother David McLennan of Coulter.

She was preceded in death by her father Charles McLennan; her grandparents: Alfred and Edith Jacobson and Ovie and Caroline McLennan; her uncle Bob McLennan. 

 

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Debbie V. on July 20, 2016 at 3:31 PM said:

She blessed so many lives. She will be missed by all. There is another angle in heaven.
God Bless
Debbie V. (Fareway)
Joy Willadsen on July 20, 2016 at 7:56 AM said:

Prayers for strength
Steve & Julie Lang on July 16, 2016 at 6:00 AM said:

Deepest sympathy to Laurie's family
Kathleen, Ben and Robert Wolf on July 14, 2016 at 7:16 PM said:

We will miss Laurie and her loving heart, but her love will continue within all of us who knew her. Laurie will now be one of our angels in Heaven, helping us every day with acts of love. Peace be with Laurie and her family.
Karen McLennan-Bolt on July 14, 2016 at 2:19 PM said:

To my dear family...my heart aches for your loss of sweet Laurie. There will be a great hole in this family without her. Love, Karen
Tim and Kim Johnson on July 14, 2016 at 7:34 AM said:

Her "good" works. She most certainly is laughing at me for that typo. She always had a great sense of humor!!
Tim and Kim Johnson on July 14, 2016 at 7:33 AM said:

Laurie was the sweetest lady and will always be remembered for her goof works at First Baptist Church in Mason City. Prayers for all of you.
Linda Mead on July 13, 2016 at 9:04 PM said:

Lori was an amazing lady, friend, & nurse. She took care of my dad so sweetly like he was one of her family & she'd show me the same kindness too while I was there. We became good friends, she has a way to always lift you spirits, beautiful, smile, and true purest of golden heart. I Love You Lori, and I will miss you so much Hon. You really are my golden Angel now.
Linda Mead on July 13, 2016 at 9:01 PM said:

Lori was an amazing lady, friend, & nurse. She took care of my dad so sweetly like he was one of her family & she'd show me the same kindness too while I was there. We became good friends, she has a way to always lift you spirits, beautiful, smile, and true purest of golden heart. I Love You Lori, and I will miss you so much Hon. You really are my golden Angel now.????
Randy L Weeks on July 13, 2016 at 7:02 PM said:

I will surely miss her. She was an awesome lady. I'm so sorry foe your loss.
Jaime Halverson Jamaica on July 13, 2016 at 5:55 PM said:

So sorry to hear this. I knew the Behrends family from our church many years ago. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Tom Utley on July 13, 2016 at 5:28 PM said:

Laurie was a High School classmate of mine and my memories of her was she always was such a kind person and gentle soul. My deepest condolences to the family.
Sheila O'Brien Rassman on July 13, 2016 at 7:06 AM said:

So sorry for your loss, Laurie was a neighborhood friend many years ago, we shared some fun times together, she was a wonderful person, and will be missed. Keeping you all in my prayers.

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