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Brenda Merriman, 50

Brenda Jeanette (Lewandowski) Merriman was born Oct. 21, 1961, in Waconia, MN. She was the daughter of John and Dorothy (Miller) Lewandowski. Brenda was baptized as an infant Oct. 29, 1961, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 30, 1972, by Archbishop Leo Byrne both at Church of the Ascension in Norwood Young America. She was raised and received her education in Norwood Young America and was a graduate of Central High School Class of 1980. Brenda furthered her education by attending the McConnell Travel School in Minneapolis.

On June 4, 1988, Brenda was united in marriage to Michael Merriman by Father Paul Ardolf at Church of the Ascension in Norwood Young America, MN. The couple made their home in Delano and later moved to Lester Prairie, in 2001. Brenda and Michael shared over 24 years of marriage.

After graduation, Brenda started working at MLT Vacations in Minnetonka, MN. as a travel agent and later took a position at Crow River Bank in Delano, as a bank teller.

For 32 years, she was an Avon representative and valued the friendships she established. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Delano, Minnesota, and recently Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake.

Brenda was very creative, which showed in her love of photography, scrapbooking, crafts, sewing and baking. She loved animals, especially her pets. Brenda especially cherished the time spent with her family and friends.

Brenda passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, at the age of 50 years, 9 months and 10 days.

Blessed be her memory.

Brenda is survived by her husband, Michael Merriman of Lester Prairie; father, John Lewandowski of Norwood Young America; sister, LuAnn Kerzman of Norwood Young America; mother-in-law, Barbara Merriman of Delano; canine children, Louis and Daisy; brothers-in-law, Richard Merriman and his wife, Carol, of Warroad, Stephen Merriman and his wife, Karn, of Slinger, WI; sisters-in-law, Pat Montgomery and her husband, David, of Duluth, Ann Merriman and her husband, Christopher Olson, of St. Paul; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Brenda is preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Lewandowski; infant brother; father-in-law, Richard Merriman; brother-in-law, Chuck Kerzman.