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Vicki Brondyke

Vicki L. Brondyke

July 22, 1949 - April 19, 2021
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Vicki L. Brondyke passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 19, 2021 at Mercy One hospital in Clinton, IA. Honoring her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded with no services taking place. Lemke Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements.

Vicki was born July 22, 1949 in Clinton, IA to Don and June (Bumann) Brondyke. She graduated from Clinton High School in 1967. During her sophomore year, Vicki was stricken with a spine disease that paralyzed her from her chest down. With perseverance, determination, family love and support she overcame the roadblocks to attending school with a handicap and was able to graduate on time with her class in 1967. Vicki went on to attend Clinton Community College and then the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. She received a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology.

Vicki chose to leave the Midwest winters and moved to Clinton, South Carolina. She began her career at Whitten Center, a state owned handicap center before moving on to the Laurens School District where she retired in 2005. She returned to the Midwest in 2008 and was currently residing in Camanche, IA.

She was an independent spirit who had a beautiful smile and sense of humor. She loved her family and friends, books and reading, wine and wine club, traveling and re-watching the TV shows from her youth, many in black and white. Even with being confined to a wheelchair for most of her life (before the Americans with Disabilities Act), she learned how to navigate in a world that was not built for people with disabilities.

She is survived by her brother Bob Brondyke and his wife Barb, Clinton, IA and their children David Brondyke (Tierra Benischek) North Liberty, IA; Kate Brondyke (Austin Kutz), Elizabeth, IL; Kurtis Brondyke (Alexandria Gochenour), Warrensburg, MO. A great niece Luella Brondyke (David). Her step mom Charlene Brondyke, step sisters Ethyl Farr, Renee Phillips, step brother Bill Phillips (Sue) and Buddy Phillips. Many Step nieces and nephews and many special friends.

Memorials may be sent to the Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center, 332 8th Ave. So, Clinton, IA 52732
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Jill Bielema

Posted at 09:15pm
Bob and Family, please know how sad I am to learn of Vicki's passing. I did send her a card and pictures after I talked to you at Larry's celebration of life. She of course promptly replied. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Jill Bielema
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Bob Moss

Posted at 12:02pm
Vicki and I had a date to homecoming about three months before she was paralyzed. I reconnected with her before she lost her leg, visited her in 2018 in her Camanche home and exchanged texts and phone calls with her many times since we first reconnected. Our last texts being on April 5, 2021. She was always upbeat. I am glad I was able to reconnect with her. She made the world a better place. She was special. Bob Moss CHS Class of 1966
 
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Laurie A. Ellsoos Posted at 10:05am

I knew Vicki as a classmate at CHS - I'm sorry to her friends and family who will surely miss her. She was certainly a brave person! Laurie Lockhart Ellsoos

Tina Wenzel Rodgers

Posted at 10:51am
My heart and prayers go out to Vicky and her family. And you all are in my prayers. I helped Vicki out in the mornings 4 days a week and once in a Blue Moon in the evening. For just over 3 years
We celebrated our 3 year anniversary just a few weeks ago. We connected from the very first time that I met her. She is an awesome lady, beautiful smile and the best laugh and sense of humor. And even when I head breast cancer I'm going to treatment and having a really rough time of it she could bring a smile to my face and lighten my heart of my woes and I never once left her home without a smile on my face and happiness in my heart for the rest of the day. She was so educated and knowledgeable about just about everything I think. And more times than not made sense of my world when I was confused about things happening in this crazy yet beautiful world of ours. My world is a much better place having had her be a part of it for this I am eternally grateful. I will miss her, our breakfasts together and our long conversations. You Miss Vicki are in my heart forever. God Bless ❤️
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Nancy Alexander

Posted at 10:57am
To the family, I remember when Vicki came for her interview at Whitten Center. She was such a wonderful person to work with. She was very independent; I always wanted to help her in and out of her car, but she let me know that she could do it. I admired her so much; she could do anything that anyone else could. She was one of the best Speech Pathologist that I worked for at Whitten. I cried when she left and went to the school district. She kept in touch with me after she left; she was so thoughtful. She loved her family and her friends with her whole heart. I was very blessed to have Vicki in my life. May God hold your family very close to Him through the days ahead.
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