Brenda Jean Downing
Brenda Jean (Hoff) Downing, 64, of Turtle Lake, passed peacefully, January 1, 2021, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She fought courageously for several years with pulmonary disease and cancer. The Downings feel blessed to have had her for one more Christmas. She was born July 26, 1956, to Lawrence and Goldie (Nottom) Hoff of Almena, the seventh of eight children. She was raised in the Almena area and graduated from Barron High School in 1974.
Brenda married Joseph “Joe” Downing on August 3, 1974, and together raised two children, a daughter, Stacey, and a son, Joey. Brenda worked at several companies in the area but retired several years ago due to health problems. Brenda and Joe loved spending time with their family and took pride in their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They attended their school activities as often as they could. She was also a dog lover and was a ‘dog-mom’ to several Saint Bernards and Dachshunds over the years. She always said her Saint Bernard Tonka was the “best dog ever.”
She is survived by her devoted husband of forty-six years Joe; children: Stacey (Aaron) Feidt and Joey D. Downing; grandchildren: Anthony Nordin, Ashley Nordin, Autumn Bremer, Dylan Hornug, Jace Downing, and Goldie Downing; great-grandchildren: Wesley Nordin, Brooklynn Thompson, Maynard Thompson, and Freya Nordin; three brothers: Steve (Terri) Hoff of Almena, Gene (Angee) Hoff of Almena, and Mike (Gail) Hoff of Almena; sister, Patricia Hoff of Almena; and many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Goldie Hoff; brother, Douglas Hoff; sister, Kathleen Hustad; and brother, Larry Hoff.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021, at Skinner Funeral Skinner- Turtle Lake with Pastor Ken Mandley officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Pallbearers are Anthony Nordin, Chad Hoff, Brent Hoff, Mike Hustad, Lanny Paulson, and Joey Downing. Honorary pallbearers are Dylan Hornung and Jace Downing. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021.
Skinner Funeral Home of Turtle Lake is serving the family.