Services for Judith “Judy” Ann Brendalen

Judith “Judy” Ann Brendalen, 70, of Clearbrook, Minnesota died on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at Sanford Fargo Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota. She leaves a huge hole in the hearts of her family and friends.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Elim Lutheran Brethren Church in Clearbrook, Minnesota with a visitation an hour prior. A visitation will also be held the evening before on Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Elim Lutheran Brethren Church in Clearbrook, MN. Interment will be held at a later date at Elim Lutheran Brethren Cemetery in Clearbrook, MN. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements. 
She was born on May 23, 1951 to Reuben and Delores Kilian in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and baptized by her Grandfather, Reverend Adolph Kilian. 
After she graduated from Washburn High School in Minneapolis, she attended Minnesota School of Business, where she majored in Accounting.
Judy married her caring and supportive husband, Johnny Brendalen, on July 31, 1971, and went on to have two amazing daughters, Jolyn Fisher and Janell Wieder. As the wife of a dairy farmer for 32 years, she managed the books, sold milk, sold crafts, and single-handedly built a deck on the house. 
Judy volunteered to do the bulletins and run the bookstore for Elim Lutheran Brethren Church for over 30 years. She was an excellent secretary and bookkeeper. She worked for many years for NCS where she was valued for her dedication, diligence and expertise. 
Judy was a trooper who handled her many years of dealing with various health issues with courage and determination. She and her husband loved motorcycle riding and went on many rides across the United States. Last year she bought a Ranger side-by-side which she enjoyed driving around the farm and sometimes even into Clearbrook.
She loved football and playing cribbage. She would play partners with her brother in California on a daily basis in on-line tournaments, for which she was the coordinator. 
She wouldn’t eat mushrooms because she didn’t like the texture, and she wanted her pancakes served right side up. When she was a kid, her food couldn’t touch each other on the plate and she would eat each thing separately.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Johnny Brendalen of Clearbrook, MN; her mother, Delores Kilian of Bemidji, MN; her sister, Carol Kilian of Bemidji, MN; her daughters, Jolyn (Bill) Fisher of Bemidji and Janell (Steven) Wieder of Billings, MT; her grandsons, Gabriel and Liam Wieder of Billings, MT; her mother and father-in-law, June and John Brendalen of Clearbrook; her sister-in-law, Judy Tollefson of Clearbrook, MN; her nephew, Justin Tollefson and his son, Oliver; and her niece, Laura (Chris) Van Dam and her son, Luke.
She was preceded in death by her father, Reuben Kilian; and her brother, Craig Kilian.
Donations preferred to the Elim Lutheran Brethren Church or the Cemetery Fund.
Messages of condolence may be sent to


Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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