Brenda L. Bourdage

April 19, 1949December 14, 2010

Brenda L. Bourdage, (nee Rohrig) age 61, passed away on Dec 14, 2010. Beloved wife of Robert. Loving mother of Tracey Betz and Nikki Kozlowski. Dear Step-mother of Barry, Sherri, and Todd Bourdage. Grandmother of 7. She lovingly leaves behind many brothers, sisters, and friends. Family and friends may visit Sunday, Dec. 19 from 4-7 PM at Schmidt-Dhonau-Kucner Funeral Home, 10980 Reading Rd, Sharonville, OH. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Dec 20, at 10AM at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 48 W. Sharon Rd., Glendale, OH. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Habitat for Humanity in memory of Brenda. Online condolences at


  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, December 20, 2010
  • Visitation Sunday, December 19, 2010

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Jan Kuhl

December 15, 2011

Hi Sis,

I missed having you call me today singing Happy Birthday for the 2nd year in a row. Last year I was numb, but this year I feel the loss even more. You weren't just a sister, but a best friend who I could share everything. This is the last note I can send to you, but every so often I can feel your presence and know you are looking down on all of us. We reached the 1 year anniversay of your leaving us yesterday, but the pain never seems to go away. I have the satisfaction of knowing you knew how much I loved you and you will always be in my heart forevermore.

Love, Jan

Nikki Kozlowski

December 14, 2011

Hi Mom - All week I planned that waking up today - the anniversary of your passing - would be paralyzing. However, when I woke today, I didn't feel that sense of grief and loss that I was expecting. And then it hit me....I feel that EVERY day, so today is no different. There is a void in my life now that you are gone. While I am the same person, I am different and forever changed now that I don't have you in my life to give me strength. I miss you terribly and think of you daily. I love you very much. Please watch over me and guide me.
Love, Nikki

Tracey Betz

December 8, 2011

Mom, I miss you terribly today. I sit and think about where I was on 12/14/10 and I can't believe that almost one year has passed. I think about you every day. I don't know that I'll ever be able to get over that you are gone. I miss talking to you and hearing your words of wisdom. I miss telling you things that are going on in my life....the good, the bad, the ugly. I miss sharing wonderful experiences that I think you'd be proud of me. I know you are watching over me and Casey and Payton and at times I wonder what you are thinking.

I'm still angry.....I'm angry that you left me too early in your life and that I didn't have the time to spend with you as I had hoped.

Just know that I haven't moved on and I haven't forgotten about you.

Love you always,

Janet Kuhl

November 24, 2011

Hi Sis,

I can't even say Happy Thanksgiving. This has been the most difficult week I've spent since the week you left us. Every day since Tuesday has been a knife in my heart, knowing we would have arrived at your house that day, start playing cards right away along with a "welcome drink". Today on Thanksgiving is most unbearable for me, just knowing all of our happy times are gone. I remember walking with you last year and you said you wouldn't know what you would do if something happened to me. I in turn said the same about you never dreaming it would be you instead of me leaving. I visited the cemetery last week just to feel close to you. I just miss all the laughing and sharing our most intimate thoughts with each other. Hopefully, next year will be a little easier but never forgetting the memories we had together.


Nikki Kozlowski

November 18, 2011

Mom....I love you and miss you more than you can imagine. I am going though a lot right now and I miss being able to talk through things with you....hearing your words of wisdom, I sit and perspective. Granted my decisions were always mine to make, but you were always there to guide me. Knowing you had my back made me feel more secure. Now...without you...I feel lost. I love you mom and I miss you so much.

Linda French

October 20, 2011

Hi Brenda,
Just writing to sing Happy Half Birthday to you. Missing you always!
Ha bir to yu, ha bir to yu. Ha bir dea Bren, ha bir to yu. Love you sister!

August 2, 2011

Happy 25th anniversary Brenda.

Love always,


June 16, 2011

Hi Brenda,

It was six months on Tuesday, June 14th that you left us for a better place. Life will never be the same for me without sharing everyday happenings with you. I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes just thinking of you.

Love You,


April 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Brenda

I miss you.

Love always,


January 25, 2011

Mom - I really wanted to talk to you today. Scratch that...I really want to talk to you every day. Life isn't the same. I love you and I miss you so much. Love, Nikki