Brandi Jane Pals, 20, of Clear Lake, Iowa, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary's Campus in Rochester, Minnesota. She was born on August 31, 2000, in Mason City, Iowa, to Thomas Pals and Shelly (Jordahl) Wander.
Brandi attended elementary school in Clear Lake. She then moved to Alexander and attended CAL Community School in Latimer until she graduated in 2018. Brandi was attending NIACC, working towards a degree in Social Work and Human Resource. She always had a passion for making a difference in the lives of others and would go out of her way to do so.
In high school, she played volleyball, was a cheerleader, played flute, sang in the choir, and participated in Iowa All-State, small and large groups, musicals and honor choirs. Brandi previously worked at Dudley's Corner in Latimer, the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond, and the Heritage Care & Rehabilitation Center in Mason City. She most recently worked at Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake as a CNA. She loved her job and loved helping others.
Brandi enjoyed going to the lake, attending concerts, and being with her family and friends. She was very adventurous, outgoing and enjoyed traveling, taking the time to visit numerous states around the United States, as well as visiting Canada and the Dominican Republic.
Brandi is survived by her father Thomas Pals (Monica) of Alexander, mother Shelly (Allen) Wander of Clear Lake, brothers Robert Pals and Brandon Flurer, step-sister Ashley (Tyler) Ezarski and family, step-brother Adam Wander and family, grandmother Linda (Brunsvold) Edwards of Scottsdale, Arizona, maternal step-grandmother Linda Jordahl of Forest City, and boyfriend Adalberto "Junior" Sepulveda. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by all of her great-grandparents, paternal grandparents Butch and Susan Pals, maternal grandfather Weldon Jordahl, maternal step-grandfather Evan Edwards, along with several aunts, cousins and relatives.
She was a loving person, had a huge heart, and will be missed by all who knew her.
Those in attendance are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 15, 2021, at Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton. Burial will take place in the Meservey Cemetery.
Friends and family will also have the opportunity to join Brandi's service virtually via "Zoom" on Saturday, at 10:30 a.m. To join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 847 6115 9188
Hampton, IA 50441
Hampton, IA 50441
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Shelly, I just saw this news. How heartbreaking! Brandi and you were a gift to OWL and to me personally as a speech therapist. I will never forget seeing Brandi get 100% on her yes/no communication test and getting to see those glimpses of her personality and preferences. That specific day was one of my favorite days at OWL because Brandi was rocking it so hard! Thank you for EVERYTHING you did to advocate for her, pray for her, support her, encourage her, and take care of her. I'm so sorry for your loss.
So very sorry for your loss Shelly.