Laura Arlene Martindale
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Laura Arlene Martindale, age 91, of Hartington, Nebraska died on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD

Funeral services will be on Saturday January 31, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hartington with the Rev. Amanda Jertson officiating. Burial will be at the Hartington City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 4-6:00 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. Visitation will continue on Saturday at church one hour prior to services.

Laura Arlene was born on October 13, 1923 in Emerson, Nebraska to Lawrence and Minnie (Harris) Brandvik. She grew up in the Emerson area and graduated from Emerson High School. She attended Wayne State College for a year before she took a job in Hartington at the REA. It was there that she met her future husband, Harold H. Martindale. They were married on July 22, 1945 in Emerson, NE. After raising her three daughters Arlene was able to complete her teaching degree at Wayne State College and then began substitute teaching in the area. Harold died on April 15, 1983 at the age of 71 years. Arlene continued to live in Hartington where she was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, the Eastern Star and the Sons of Norway. She was also involved with the local library board and Cedar County Historical Museum. Arlene was an amateur photographer and documented not only family events, but also those in the church and community. She also took wedding pictures for many families.

Laura Arlene loved traveling, listening to music, reading and any history. She also became an avid Husker fan through the years.

Laura Arlene is survived by her three daughters Lynn M. Martindale of Phoenix, AZ, Jill K. Martindale of Tucson, AZ, Jann M. Martindale and husband David J. Kelley of Raleigh, NC. and grandson Devon L. Martindale of Flagstaff, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Minnie Brandvik, husband Harold, son-in-law Phillip S. Shelley and siblings Arel Watkins and Lawrence Brandvik.

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So sorry to hear about your mother passing. I lost my mom this past July and know how hard that is. My prayers and sympathy.

Carol McGregor

My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your loved one.

Barbara (Claussen) Martindale

I will never forget following her taillights as we took the play cast to Lincoln for state competition. Her hats and her camera also come to mind. Also remember her in church. Condolences to the family.

Jan and Norm Custer

Your mom was a lovely lady who made a big impression on me. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to visit with her during her last days. We'll have to wait until we meet again in Heaven. May God's Holy Spirit comfort you during this sad time.

Betty Brandvik Liese

Your family has my deepest sympathy. I am so sorry for your loss. Ms. Laura was loved and she will be dearly missed. Though now you are grieving, please remember that you are not alone. Psalm 46:1 says, "God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress." Pray to Him for strength. He will really help you (Isaiah 41:10) because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).


So sorry to hear of your loss. Arlene holds a special place in the hearts of my family. I will always associate her with taking pictures in church and also wearing the fanciest hats I'd ever seen as a child.

Diane Wohlman

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