Laura E. Shondel

  • Born: August 15, 1958
  • Died: September 10, 2015
  • Location: Centerville, Iowa

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Laura E. Shondel, age 57 of Centerville, Iowa passed away Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.

She was born August 15, 1958 in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Jim and Angeline (Brookhart) Bennett. Laura graduated from Davenport West High School in 1976. She was united in marriage to Virgil Shondel, Sr. on December 31, 1978 in Rock Island, Illinois. Virgil and Laura were blessed with five children, Randy, Terri, Virgil Jr., Chad, and Nickole.

Laura earned her associate's degree in drafting from Indian Hills Community College in 1996. She held a couple of different drafting jobs, before retiring from the field.

She was extremely fond of the outdoors, especially gardening and fishing with family members. Laura also enjoyed playing bingo, cooking and baking. She was a devout Christian, never missing an opportunity to read her bible. Most importantly, Laura loved her family and prided herself on being a devoted grandmother. Moreover, she possessed the ability to always believe in others, even when they were experiencing times of struggle.

Laura is survived by her husband of thirty seven years, Virgil Shondel, Sr. of Centerville, Iowa; four children, Terri Shondel of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Virgil (Terry) Shondel, Jr. of Mystic, Iowa, Chad (Kele Cossel) Shondel of Centerville, Iowa, and Nickole (Chad) Archer of Centerville, Iowa; fourteen grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and two brothers, Vernon (Lori) Graham of Cincinnati, Iowa and Danny Graham of Exline, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Randy Shondel; and a step father, Carl Graham.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Monday, September 14, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Cindy Finn officiating. Burial will follow in the Dale Cemetery, north of Centerville. A visitation will take place at the funeral home on Sunday from 12-7 PM, with the family greeting friends from 5-7 PM. Memorials have been established to the family of Laura Shondel and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at