Obit: Brenda Hanlin


Brenda Kay Hanlin, 81, of East Moline, Illinois, passed away on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. A graveside service was held Aug. 11 in the Durant Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Brenda was born in rural Stockton on July 23, 1939, a daughter of the late Opal (Jepsen) and Ernest M. Colberg. Brenda married Michael Hanlin on Feb. 7, 1974 in Rock Island, Illinois. Brenda graduated from Durant High School and later graduated from the University of Iowa with the class of 1969.

Brenda was an accomplished third grade teacher for over 40 years before retiring. During her career, Brenda, received The Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching & Leadership. Brenda was known for her kindness, love and compassion, giving her an ability to communicate without needing to send a student to the office.

She enjoyed gardening, traveling and wintering in Florida. Most of all, she treasured spending quality time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Brenda is survived by her husband, Michael; five children, Christopher Nodurft, Rebecca (Andy) Gardner, Heath Hanlin, Melanie Hanlin, and Drew Hanlin; five grandchildren, Morgan (Katie) Minick, Hunter Lawrence, Henry Hanlin, Ezra Hanlin, and Collin Nodurft; and one sister, Fonda (Ron) Curtis.

She was preceded in death by her parents.