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Virginia "Deda" Myrtle Behrens

April 24, 1924 - July 3, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Virginia "Deda" Myrtle Behrens

Virginia "Deda" Myrtle Behrens

Born: April 24, 1924
Died: July 3, 2021
Age: 97

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     Virginia (Deda) Myrtle Behrens, daughter of Ebb and Eva (Brown) Brinkley was born April 24, 1924, in Clay County, Iowa, where her childhood years were spent.  She graduated from Spencer High School on May 19, 1941.  She was baptized in 1942, and confirmed at First English Lutheran Church on March 30, 1947, in Spencer, Iowa.

   Virginia married Milo (Mike) Koenck in Royal, Iowa, on October 14, 1945.  To this union two daughters were born.  Milo passed away in 1964.

   On November 27, 1970, Virginia and Ervin Behrens were married at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa, and farmed north of Everly until retirement.  Ervin passed away in 2010.

   Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Ervin and Mike; seven brothers:  George, Wes, Verne, Dale, Kenneth, Roy and Donald; six sisters:  Lela Swanson, Helen Hoffman, Loretta Iverson, Ruby Fitzloff, Margaret Johanson and Mary Schoning.

   Virginia is survived by daughters:  Karla (David) Clegg of Vancouver, WA, and Cindy Koenck of Longmont, CO; stepchildren:  Leo (Kathy) Behrens of Everly, IA, Dorothy Brinkley (Gary) of Hampton, IA, Donna Hazelton of Owatonna, MN, Mary Luchtel of Byron, MN, and Paul (Kris) Behrens of Spencer, IA; 11 grandchildren; 13-great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

   Virginia enjoyed gardening, flowers, playing cards and games (especially Scrabble) and family gatherings.  She was a great cook and will long be remembered by her family for those great chocolate brownies and her famous macaroni and cheese.  If you hadn’t studied Scrabble dictionary, it was hard to compete against her.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church at 1525 Three Cross RD, Milford, IA 51351 to help build their new drive-in worship complex.

Funeral services will take place 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 10 at Faith Lutheran Church in Spencer.

Services will be live-streamed a
Pastor Lee Laaveg
Troy Schmidt
Jeff Brinkley
Nate Brinkley
Keith Halfwassen
Brad Behrens
Greg Behrens
Christopher Hazelton
James Hansen
Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church.
"How Great Thou Art"
"Wind Beneath My Wings"
"Just A Closer Walk With Thee"
North Lawn Memorial Park
Spencer, Iowa


Friday, July 16, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“Cindy, I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Cherish all the wonderful memories that you have of her, she will always be with you.”
- Diane (Rose) Schaefer
Friday, July 16, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“So sorry to you all, and special hugs to you, Cindy Koenck. ”
- Alyssa Neu
Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 8:17 AM
“Sincere condolences on the loss of your dear Mom”
- LaVonne Hansen
Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 7:28 AM
“Our deepest sympathies to the Behrens and Koenck families. Deda was dedicated to her family, her church, her friends and her town. We knew her through her daughter Cindy. It was easy to see how much she loved the Lord. She is with him now. ”
- Linda and Art Holm
Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 7:28 AM
“Karla & Cindy: The picture of your mother is perfectly "her". She was always smiling. Remembering all the years we went to church together, (a few years ago). I remember your dad well. I sell baked good as the Spirit Lake Farmers Market Sat. a.m. till noon, so I won't be able to be at your mother's funeral, however I will try to get back to Spencer and see you at the luncheon. Your mother was a lovely woman and lived a great life. My sympathy to you. Karen Lunsman Wee”
- Karen (Lunsman) and Lynn Wee
Friday, July 9, 2021 at 7:50 AM
“Paul and Kris: Sorry for the loss of your mother, Joan and Jim”
- Joan Unrrau
Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 11:05 AM
“I got acquainted with Virginia at Heritage Landing. She was my Dad's neighbor and also his classmate in Spencer High School. They graduated together. Lots of laughter, lots of card playing, and bingo playing went on. I loved Virginia! She was a lot of fun! I am sure she is enjoying her Heavenly Home now, and at peace, meeting up with those who went before her. Thanks for the good times and friendship, Virginia!!”
- Nancy Sue Gross
Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 8:00 AM
“Oh, how my whole family loved Deda! We cherish memories visiting Deda and Erv many summers with Cindy at their farm and at their lake home. Deda was beautiful, fun, loving, kind, generous and a fabulous cook! I still make many of her recipes and think of her with a smile when I do. What a blessing she was to all of us who had the privilege of knowing her! She will be so deeply missed. ”
- Synneve Jones
Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 8:00 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. I remember all those "crazy" Brinkley girls, the birthday parties, the reunions, etc, and i love all of them. Deda was a caring and loving lady. May you have wonderful memories that will bring you comfort in the time ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless.”
- Alene (Brinkley) Peters
Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 8:00 AM
“To Mary Luchtel and family,
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. 🙏”
- Barbara Bodenhamer
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 10:00 AM
“My heart & spirit are there with you Cindy as you Celebrate the Life of your beautiful mother.
Watching the tribute of your beautiful mom brought both tears & smiles as I reminisce of many special memories through the years. Sending hugs from the bottom of my heart ❤️ 🙏 to you and Carla❤️🙏!
- Ann Fouts
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 12:22 PM
“I'm so sorry, Cindy! You are in my heart. I can't think of another Mother and Daughter who had more fun together and loved each other more than you and Deda did. You were always so happy whenever you were with her and every time you talked about her. Everyone loved your mom and you made her so happy and proud! I'm sending you my love as always and most especially at this time of having to say good-bye to your mother. You were so blessed to have each other for so many years but that doesn't lessen the loss and loss that you feel. Love, Susan”
- Susan Ruth
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 9:11 AM
“Dear Cindy, sorry to hear about Deda’s passing. I’m sure she enjoyed your many visits just as you did. She always had a beautiful smile. May she be at peace and walk with all her family and friends in heaven. ”
- Arlene Wimmer
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 8:06 AM
“Cndy-I am sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. My sympathy to you and your family. I am sure there is quite a reunion going on in heaven now. Enjoy your many memories. Joan Kallsen”
- Joan Kallsen
Monday, July 5, 2021 at 7:06 PM
“Karla and Cindy my sympathy to you two gals. Her legacy will live on with you two witty ladies! So glad you got to see her Cindy after Covid. She is at Peace. My condolences.”
- Julie Anderson Fisher
Monday, July 5, 2021 at 6:18 PM
“I am so sad to hear the loss of sweet Deda. She was a wonderful lady! She made my days working in activities and I always enjoyed doing her nails. She loved her sparkles! You will be missed dearly! Lots of love sent to your family! ”
- Megan Sanderson
Monday, July 5, 2021 at 4:22 PM
“Sending my condolences to the Behrens family. She always had a laugh to share!”
- Sherri Steffen
Monday, July 5, 2021 at 3:15 PM
“so very sad to hear this, so many memories of the Brinkley Bunch, what an awesome treasure trove we have, so very blessed to be a part of this wonderful family, Can only imagine all the hugs and laughter going on., thinking of you.
- Nancy Newgard
Monday, July 5, 2021 at 3:15 PM
“What a dear lady Deda was. She was always happy and positive. I enjoyed getting to know her. Pr. John Syvertson”
- John J Syvertson
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