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Julie E. Schendel

A funeral service for Julie Schendel will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 10:00 AM at Henry Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville, IA. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 31 from 5PM to 7:30PM at Henry Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Burial will take place at Lake Fremont Township Cemetery in Dunnell, MN. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society in honor of Julie.

Julie Elaine Schendel, Davenport, IA, died on October 26, 2023, at the age of 70. She was born on September 18, 1953, to Beverly (Wertz) and Edwin Schendel in Estherville, Iowa.

Julie lived her younger days and attended school at Dunnell, Jackson, and Windom, Minnesota. She graduated from Windom Area High School in 1971. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1975. She obtained her Master’s in Science from the University of Wisconsin in LaCrosse in 1982, majoring in school psychology. She later obtained an Educational Specialist degree from Drake University.

Julie worked for seven years as a school psychologist for Lakeland Area Education Association out of the Estherville office. She then worked as a staff trainer for the Heartland Area Education Association and the Iowa Department of Education, both in Des Moines. In 2009, Julie became the special education director for Mississippi Bend Area Education Association in Bettendorf. She retired in December 2014.

Julie was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters, Patty, Vickie, and Connie. She is survived by her sister Nancy of Davenport and brother Tim of Sioux Falls. She is also survived by niece Andrea Blocker of Des Moines, niece Brooke Pruitt of Sioux Falls, nephew Nathan Blocker of Cedar Rapids, and brother-in-law Jim Blocker of Fort Dodge.

One of Julie’s biggest accomplishments in life was being the bone marrow donor for her sister Vickie, who had leukemia. She gave Vickie four years of life she would not have had without her sacrifice.

Julie was an advocate for dogs, children, and older people. Do something nice in honor of her memory. She wanted you to take care of someone today.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.henryolsonfuneral.com

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