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“I only just heard of Laura's passing today. I have been out of town and was unaware of what had happened. I want to send my love and deepest...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: NELL GATES - Centerville, IA

“Abbie and Annie we so sorry of loss and grandpa loss if u guys need anything let us know we just out ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Leeanna Rick john rick - IA

“Dear family, I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Laura is a beautiful soul that has been taken too soon. May...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Penni Larson - Norwalk, IA - Aunt

“So sorry to hear of Laura's passing. She was a good woman and I know she will be missed by you all very much. May the memories you have provide...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Dianne Strickler - Springville, IA

“Nickole - My deepest sympathy is with you on the loss of your mom - I pray you'll find peace in your memories of her. I can sure see a lot of her in...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Susan Henderson - Corydon, IA

“I am sorry to hear of the loss with the shondel family! I grew up with nickole and mr and mrs shondel were always very warm welcoming! They were like...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Stacy watts - West Des Moines, IA

“Sorry ti hear of your loss. ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: nellie thomas - Centerville, IA

“We are so very sorry to hear of your mom's sudden passing. She has left an amazing legacy and lives on in all of you. With our sincere condolences. ...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Laurie Ehrich - Corydon, IA

“I am writing on behalf of my mother Harriet (Grandmother) Bennett who is without internet service. She sends her deepest heartfelt sympathy. Harriet...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Margie Parman

“Nickole, prayers and peace be with you. ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Sheila Mattly - CORYDON, IA

“Virgil and family, I am so sorry for your loss, prayers to all. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Janet Demry - Centerville, IA

“Virgil, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Lester and Wanda Stull - IA

“Virgil, Chad, and Nickole my heart breaks for your family. May the good Lord give you peace in this time of sorrow. You all are in my thoughts and...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Missy Head - Orlando, FL - Cousin

“Our prayers and thoughts for Laura's Family. Remember lots of good times and visit with Laura, Virgil and their kids. You will be missed. ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: John and Cindy Brown - Ringgold, GA

“I will never forgot growing up with Laura as my second mom..her and Virgil welcomed me into their home like I was one of their own. She will always...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Trisha McDonald - Creston, IA

“Dear Virgil,Nicole,Chad and family we are so sorry for your loss,may God give you strength and help you through this difficult time...we love you all...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Mary Shondel - Centerville, IA

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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