Brenda Lee Young-Lamar

Brenda Lee Young-Lamar

Brenda Lee Young-Lamar

Brenda Lee Young-Lamar, age 59 of Manistique, MI passed away unexpectedly at her residence on February 17, 2021.  She was born on July 29, 1961 in Janesville (Rock County) WI, the daughter of Russ and Elaine (Johnson) Nichols. Brenda grew up in Adams – Friendship, WI and graduated from Adams Friendship High School with the class of 1979.  Brenda lived in numerous areas of the United States, before settling in Manistique with her beloved husband Robby, for the past several years.

Brenda was employed as a driver for UPS until retiring.  She was of Lutheran faith.  Brenda was known to be the life of the party, whether she was with friends, family or even strangers.  Brenda had also worked part-time as a bartender, where she met her beloved husband Robby.  They were married on May 27, 2006.  She would call herself a friend to anyone.  Brenda was a free spirit, and has always surrounded herself with things that brought her happiness.  Her horses were her pride and joy, as well as traveling, the Green Bay Packers, and doing volunteer work in any of the communities in which she lived.  Her family, however, was most important to her.  She had a special place in their hearts, as they did in hers, and together created memories that will be shared and cherished forever.

Brenda is survived by her parents; Elaine (Fred) Morgan, of Adams, WI, and Russ (Nancy) Nichols, of OH, husband; Robby Lamar, of Manistique, MI, brothers; Brian (Lisa) Vana, of MD, Jeff (Rebecca) Vana of TX, and Todd Nichols of OH, sister; Cheryl (Rick) Duncan of Janesville, WI, brothers-in-law; David Lamar and Duane Lamar, both of Michigan City, IN; Her Special Aunt, Fran Brien; uncle, Alden Pedersen; uncle, Wally (Janet) Nichols; and uncle, Ed (Gerry) Elendahl. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces great-nephews, and cousins. Brenda was preceded in death by her adopted father John Vana, infant brother; Dennis Nichols, former husband; Lenny Young, and her mother and father-in-law; Valerie and Robert Lamar; aunt, Judy Pedersen; and uncles: Allen Johnson and Bob Haakenstad.

Visitation will open to the public from 10 AM – 12 Noon on Friday, February 26, 2021 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 1650 Church Street, in Arkdale, WI.  Due to COVID restrictions, by invitation only a private funeral will be held at 12:15 PM, for family, with Pastor Terry Skildum officiating.  Private lunch for immediate family will follow funeral services at 1:15 PM at Cedar Shack, Adams, WI.  After private dinner, extended friends and family are invited to come to visit at Cedar Shack, Adams WI to celebrate Brenda’s life.

Memorials in Brenda’s name may be directed to the family (Elaine Morgan, 1154 Edgewood Drive – Lot 30, Adams, WI 53910) for future designation.

A message from Brenda:

To Those I love…

When I am gone, just release me, let me go
So I can move into my afterglow
You mustn’t tie me down with your tears
Let’s be happy that we had so many years
I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown
But now it’s time I traveled on alone
So grieve for me awhile, if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted with trust
It’s only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories within our heart
And then, when you must come this way alone
I’ll greet you with a smile and a “Welcome Home.”

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  1. Amy Phillips says:

    My deepest sympathy to all of you. I had the pleasure of being Brenda’s supervisor at UPS for 9 incredible years. I remember the unbelievable stories she had experienced almost daily. She certainly made the job a lot more interesting and challenging, but she always made me laugh. Sorry she is gone so soon as she will be missed. Thanks for some incredible memories.

  2. Kathy Wuerzberger says:

    I remember John and Elaine came over to my farm with Brenda, it was then that they bought her first horse, Buck. What a happy little girl! We would ride our horses all over our farms and to the beautiful Ginter Tree Farm. We would even enjoy a swim at Arkdale lake. Brenda became a very good rider and went on to become rodeo queen at the Little Britches Rodeo in Kelner, WI. I was so proud of her!!! She would always come over and lend a helping hand with the horses, dogs, cattle, miscellaneous chores & even babysit my son Steve. My prayers go out to Elaine and all the family.

  3. Jeff and Ginny Fritz says:

    In my younger years, I worked with Brenda at UPS. We shared a ride to work. SHE is the only person in the world that could make me laugh at 3:00 in the morning. We laughed on the way to work and all the way home. Brenda was a good person. She will be missed.

  4. The Marti Girls and MOM says:

    When our family thinks of Brenda, we smile ear to ear. She and Nan were inseparable. So many memories, so many stories!! Brenda became our family. She really knew how to cook. You didn’t leave her house hungry that is for sure. Brenda always made sure she was the “hostess with the mostess”. She loved having people over. She was a very hard worker. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family. All of us Marti Girls and MOM send our sincere condolences to Elaine, Fred, Brian, Cheryl, and Jeff. Brenda will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Sending our love to you all during this difficult time.

  5. John Collins says:

    Terrible loss. I have great memories of our high school years and other times. God bless you Brenda. Many great times on the Vana’ farm. Thanks.

  6. Deedee Heath (Brennecke) says:

    Brian, Cheryl and families,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Brenda was a very friendly, kind and fun friend. She loved everyone and was everyone’s friend. She will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time.

  7. Kelly and Carla Morgan says:

    Elaine, Dad, Robby, and all the family you have mine and Carla’s deepest sympathy. I can’t imagine the grief you are feeling. We are praying for you in this tough time.

  8. Pat (Babcock) Pietrzak says:

    Elaine, Fred and family, My sympathy to you all.

  9. Larry and Becky Oleson says:

    Our sympathy to you Elaine and families. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. cheryl sabatier says:

    When I first started working for UPS, Brenda preloaded next to me. She was such a hard worker and I can still hear her laugh. She made me feel welcome . She was a fun person to be around. I am so sorry to hear of her passing.

  11. Pat Holm Jodarski says:

    So many grieving this unexpected loss may God give you love and strength in the days ahead. Robby. Elaine.Francis,Pedersens,Russell and the many who will miss this beautiful lady God bless you. RIP Brenda

  12. Cathy Rathermel says:

    Elaine and family, I am so sorry for the loss of such a joyful and caring young lady. She gave of herself to many. She left you too early but she gave so much to everyone in her life. May Gods blessings surround you. Elaine, I tried to call you back but don’t have correct number, please call. Love, Cathy

  13. Julie and Bob Goodhue says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Brenda’s family at this sad time. She was a sweet person & full of life. She will be missed. RIP Brenda.

  14. Ray and Cheri Witz says:

    Ray and I are sending our love, sympathies and prayers to Brenda’s family. She was indeed a free spirit and a true friend to all.

  15. Brandon Roth says:

    Aunt Brenda,
    You were always such an amazing person and you hold a special place in my heart. You were always there for us even though we weren’t family and you’ll never know how much I appreciate all the kindness and generosity you showed us. I will remember all of the amazing times I had with you forever and always in my heart. Spread your wings and fly free from this world knowing you departed happiness and love on all those around you.

  16. Charlene Jensen says:

    My sincere sympathy to Brenda’s extended family. Way too short a life. Elaine, I can understand your grief. I lost a daughter, too. Treasure the memories. They are so precious. May God lift you up on eagle’s wings.