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Brenda F. Standish

Brenda F. Standish of Otsego, MI went to be with her Lord on Saturday March 21st 2020, peacefully at home. She was born February 18th 1944 in Allegan, MI, the daughter of Donald and Lois (Johnson) Brooks. On November 25, 1961 she married the love of her life William Standish of Otsego, who survives. Brenda worked as the Food Service Director of Otsego Public Schools for 25 years until her retirement in 1999. She especially loved spending time with her family, baking, gardening, crocheting, traveling, puzzles, and serving her church family. Brenda will be greatly missed and always remembered for her kind heart and selfless spirit.

Surviving are her husband, Bill; her children, Rick (Anna) Standish of Louisville, KY and Kris (Joel) Spitzner of Plainwell; grandchildren, Jake (Erika) Spitzner of Otsego and Adam (Ashley) Spitzner of Plainwell, and by four wonderful great grandchildren that were the joy of her life. She is also survived by her brother, Warren (Francis) Brooks; sister, Yvonne Watson and by many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ross Brooks.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of Brenda’s life will take place at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Brenda may be made to At His Master’s Feet Ministries – elevator fund, 814 21st PO Box 73 Otsego, MI

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Becky (Wolf) Hammond

March 22, 2020 at 11:44 am

I am so sorry for the family’s loss. I have such wonderful memories of Brenda and the rest of the kitchen ladies. Prayers for the family.


Lori Burrows

March 22, 2020 at 11:50 am

My heart goes out to the family. Brenda was such a beautiful person who always had a smile for me and a question about my life. She will be greatly missed on this earth. Prayers for all


Diane Hover Hehman

March 22, 2020 at 11:51 am

I am so sorry for your loss. Brenda was such a kind person and I know that she will be deeply missed by family and friends.


Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal

March 22, 2020 at 12:26 pm

Bill, my very deepest sympathy

May God’s grace be with you.

Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal


John Gibson

March 22, 2020 at 12:36 pm

Bill & Family,

My heartfelt condolences to all of you on Brenda’s passing. She was my 1961 OHS classmate and always a favorite of mine. May God bless you and bring peace at this difficult time. I will pray for you and for Brenda as she moves to life in Heaven with our Lord.


John Gibson


Mary Brown

March 22, 2020 at 1:03 pm

I’m so very sorry for your loss Yvonne.


Shirley Heth

March 22, 2020 at 1:04 pm

My condolences go out the Bill and her family. May the Lord give you all strength and comfort during this difficult time.


Deb Lovett-Seekman

March 22, 2020 at 1:26 pm

Bill and family so for your loss. I enjoyed seeing Brenda on the mail route. RIP Brenda


Karen Ringnalda

March 22, 2020 at 1:28 pm

Dear Bill, Wilb & I are thinking of you and your family at this time. Brenda sure was such a nice one to talk with. She was concerned about you and her family and forgot about herself. Just know we are praying for you as you go through this time. Words are hard to say but know our hearts are on you…


Ron and Linda Stora

March 22, 2020 at 1:30 pm

We are so sorry to hear of your loss! She will be missed! We will have you and your family in our prayers and thoughts!


Barbara J Gulbranson

March 22, 2020 at 1:51 pm

To Brenda’s family – I’m so sorry to read about Brenda passing. My office at OHS was right next to the kitchen and she always had a smile and a greeting for me every day – and sometimes a cinnamon roll! She was a hard worker and always had a great meal for our students. You are all in my prayers.


AnnaMarie McPherson

March 22, 2020 at 2:01 pm

Bill, Rick, Kris I am sorry for your loss! I have wonderful memories of Brenda with the time I spent at your home! She was a kind and loving woman!! She will be greatly missed❤️ My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time!


Linda Holcomb

March 22, 2020 at 2:16 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping all of the family in my prayers! You all will have a special Angel watching you from above.


Janelle Turner Oberhill

March 22, 2020 at 4:16 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this news. Brenda was such a fixture at the high school. I loved her kindness. My condolences to her family.


Chris Kim Newland

March 22, 2020 at 4:23 pm

Sorry Kris for your loss, I remember your mom well from otsego.


Kathi Fuss

March 22, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Prayers going out to all of you! Always enjoyed talking with Brenda! She leaves behind for us many, many wonderful memories! God bless!


Wally Shattuck

March 22, 2020 at 4:46 pm

My heart felt condolences and prayers are with the family .


Maria Dinah Jbhowrigon

March 22, 2020 at 4:57 pm

So sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing.


Sherry Simpson

March 22, 2020 at 5:02 pm

My deepest Sympathy in your loss of dear Brenda. Love you always! Cousin Sherry.


Sue (Knight) Higgs

March 22, 2020 at 5:05 pm

Bill and family

So sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. My condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Enjoyed Seeing both of you at our OHS lunches the last few months. Always enjoy reminiscing. She will surely be missed.


Kathy Roselip (marble)

March 22, 2020 at 5:29 pm

Kris and family I am so sorry for your loss prayers to the whole family I remember her from school


Carol Hover

March 22, 2020 at 6:03 pm

We send our condolences to you, Bill, and Kris and Rick. We always will remember Brenda for the kindness and ready smiles she had for all. She will be missed by many. Hugs and Prayers to all the loved ones. Russ & Carol Hover


Roger and Rosemary Kloska

March 22, 2020 at 6:33 pm

With our deepest sympathy to you Bill and family. Brenda was a wonderful woman and we will miss her. We are here for you sending hugs and our love


Lynne Cook

March 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm

I worked for Brenda in the high school for just one year. I joked with her telling her I was the reason for her retiring. Working with me one year was all she could take. She just laughed. She was a very good boss and a lot of fun. Everyone loved her and she will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.


Mike & Paula Andrysiak

March 22, 2020 at 7:12 pm

Kris, Joel, and Family,

We are so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.


Bonnie Johnson Miller

March 22, 2020 at 7:29 pm

Oh Bill…my heart is crying for you and your children on the loss of your dearest, Brenda.

I was thinking about you and Brenda a few days ago….I was thinking about what a wonderful couple you are….and now I’ll never get to see you together again.

I’m wishing you peace and the space and time to grieve the death of your dear wife, Brenda


Bob Miles

March 22, 2020 at 7:54 pm

Bill and family, sorry to hear of your loss. She did a great job on the lunch responsibility and helped keep my weight up. I never left hungry


Dick & Sylvia Davis

March 22, 2020 at 7:54 pm

Bill and family. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Brenda will be greatly missed. We send our love to you


Lyn Dines Shumaker

March 22, 2020 at 7:55 pm

Uncle Bill n family, I am so very sorry to hear this. Aunt Brenda n Aunt Yvonne where always very close to my. I love our Christmas’s at your house, Easter egg hunts with the little ones. I know I haven’t been part of this wonderful family, but you guys have always been in the back of mine. Prayers to you all.I love you all❤️❤️❤️


Larry and Rita (Porten) Harmon

March 22, 2020 at 8:12 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. She was such a dear sweet lady with a beautiful smile. We always enjoyed spending time together. So glad we kept in touch all these years. Rest In Peace dear friend, you will be missed. Our condolences to Bill, Rick & Anna, Kris & Joel & their families. Larry &Rita


Jan Myers-Carpenter

March 22, 2020 at 8:57 pm

Bill and family. I’m sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. She was truly one of the special ladies in this

community. Always, polite and caring and pleasant. My prayers are for all of you as you heal.

Jan (Larry) Myers-Carpenter


Aundria Meyer

March 22, 2020 at 9:11 pm

As neighbors you both have been the best to our family. Our family will miss Brenda’s positive light and joy in life. We are thinking of you Bill. Hugs.


Kathleen Fisher

March 22, 2020 at 11:14 pm

Bill and family, So very sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. She was the best babysitter ever! May God grant you peace and comfort. Our prayers are with you all.

Kathleen (Snyder) Fisher

Lloyd Snyder.


Deb Beattie

March 23, 2020 at 12:02 am

So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother Chris. She was a wonderful woman. I have fond memories of her from Otsego. Uplifting your family in my prayers.



March 23, 2020 at 12:47 am

Bill, Rick and Kris,

We are so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. We’re sending our love and prayer’s. If you need anything please reach out.


Clint, Julie and Troy Coburn


Jan Jameson

March 23, 2020 at 10:39 am

Bill and family….my love and condolences to you.


Tom and Debbie Benzie

March 23, 2020 at 10:44 am

We are so sorry to hear of your loss! She will be missed! We will have you and your family in our prayers and thoughts!


Bob & Carol Dalton

March 23, 2020 at 12:59 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. Having known Brenda since our kindergarten years on to present, I feel a deep sense of loss. Often times we wonder why God takes the best people from our lives here on earth, but He knows when it’s time for us to rest in his loving home. Though we didn’t get together as often as I would have liked, we always have kept in touch. She was a beautiful person with so much love an d caring. My love and prayers go to you Bill and the children and grand/great children. I know your heart is completely broken, but God will give you strength to go on. Blessings to the family.


Juella "Julie" Heth-Lindsey XOX

March 23, 2020 at 5:56 pm

Aunt Brenda was one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever known. She will always be a part of my Heart with Happy childhood memories! So sorry for your loss Uncle Bill, Kris, Rick and family. God just received another Beautiful Angel.

We all have been Blessed with her Love in so many ways! Sending you all Prayers, Hugs & Love!


Bill @ Shirley Kovar

March 23, 2020 at 7:21 pm


Our prayers are with you and your family. Brenda will be missed, we always enjoyed her during our visits, card games, and road trips. Brenda was always in good spirts and always very kind. may God bless her on her journey home.


Dawn Brown

March 24, 2020 at 12:26 am

Uncle Bill and family,

We are deeply saddened by the loss of a such a special person that Aunt Brenda was to us.

We have so many wonderful memories of our times shared together.

Our love and prayers go out to you Rick, Anna, Kris, Joel and their family at this difficult time.

May God give you strength and peace.

Love and Prayers,

Kevin, Dawn and Alex


Kathy Plotts

March 24, 2020 at 8:44 pm

So very sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing..


Pat Schmitt

March 24, 2020 at 11:22 pm

Dear Bill, we are so very sorry to hear about Brenda. We will keep you and your family in prayer during this difficult time.

Walt & Pat Schmitt


Sherri Bronson

March 25, 2020 at 11:47 am

Bill and Family,

So sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. You are in my thoughts and my prayers during this very difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing that you both are cared for by so many.

God Bless and keep you,

Sherri Bronson


Margie Newton

March 25, 2020 at 12:41 pm

Sorry for your lost


John and Diane Glessner

March 25, 2020 at 7:57 pm

Dear Bill and family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Brenda was a beautiful lady with such a kind heart. I first remember her and her brother, Ross from the Red Brick country school. She was one of the “Upper Classmen”. Later of course with her working at OHS, John remembers her as very dedicated and doing an excellent job in a position that was very demanding. Our prayers are with you. God bless


Don and Andrea Guidebeck

March 29, 2020 at 3:30 pm

So sorry for your loss. Brenda was such a lovely lady. Bill and Brenda were the perfect couple. Have photos of Brenda and Don at Grable School. Prayers for you.



March 30, 2020 at 8:37 pm




~Bill and Janice Thompson

April 3, 2020 at 5:47 pm

… Our Deepest Condolences To The Family Of Brenda Standish… May Our Lord God Hold All Of You In His Loving Arms During This Very Difficult Time.


John and Mary Hoeksema

April 25, 2020 at 8:12 pm

Dear Bill, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear wife. We always enjoyed visiting with Brenda at our class get togethers. We will be keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.


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