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Brent Nordberg


Brent Nordberg, age 53 from Saranac, passed away when Covid/Covid Pneumonia claimed him as another victim. He was preceded in death by his father, Dean Nordberg. He is survived by his mother, Judith Nordberg of Saranac; children, Ashly Nordberg of Saranac, Nicholas (Monique) Nordberg of Akron, Ohio; sister, Lynnea Nordberg of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Raylan Schuff, Harlyn Nordberg, Barrett Nordberg; step-grandson, Vincent Lucas; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Brent graduated from Ionia High School and was currently employed by Lowell Area Schools. He was also the production manager at RIFF Media LLC and host/DJ of an online radio program under his online name, Helli. Brent was an avid gamer with many online friends all over the country as well as an avid Red Wings fan. He also liked to challenge friends and relatives in Words with Friends and was pretty good at it. He was a bass player in several local bands in his past and he loved his music. By Brent’s own wishes, he has been cremated and no service will be held.

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  1. Brent was one of the custodians in the school that I work at. I remember the first time Brent came into my classroom to clean and the friendly spirit that he had. Brent was extremely helpful and would do whatever I asked with a cheerful response. He was a dedicated worker and took pride in his work. My classroom always looked great when it was cleaned by Brent. In the hallways after school, he would always have a friendly smile, a nod of his head, and a quick wave of his hand. His gentle kindness was always appreciated after a long day at school. I will surely miss Brent and all that he brought to our Murray Lake Elementary family. My deepest sympathies are expressed to his family, friends, and coworkers. May God’s love, peace, and comfort provide for you all at this time.

  2. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Brent’s passing. It was always nice to see him in the building, and I always teased him that our school was actually his favorite, since he seemed to be there a lot. He was a hard worker and was always willing to help out wherever needed. He will be missed terribly by all of us!

  3. So saddened to hear of Brent’s passing. I had just met Brent this late fall as he was assisting in our school building. He was always kind, polite, and a positive presence when he entered my classroom at the end of the school day. I wish I would have had more time and opportunities to interact and converse about his passions, musical interests, and family.

  4. Didn’t know him well .but he filled in at
    Our middle school. A burst of sunshine was very nice to meet him..RIp Brent. U will be missed.

  5. I’ve know Brent since he worked with GRBS. That is when I first met him. I actually helped him get into Lowell schools. I thought he was a nice guy and a good worker. Brent always gave it 100 % when he could, even when his leg was hurting so bad. He had a funny dry sense of humor and a huge smile ear to ear. He had cool long hair and a cool beard and he loved music. He was young for his age, and it doesn’t seem fair that he has been taken from us and so unexpectedly. Jesus has new plans for you Brent! Dec 14th will always be Taco Bell Day! Party on Brent and keep on smiling!! Will miss you much! …and I know you are doing great things already! Love ya!

  6. Brent, I still haven’t processed your passing and don’t know if I ever will. My heart is broken over this. It was my honor and pleasure to get to know you over the years, to rock out with you at Moondance with our friends, to have you come visit us for a week and the group of us go on our amazing “friend-cation” together. One of my fondest memories was your last day here and it was just you and me hanging out. We went to breakfast that morning together and just hung around and talked until it was time to take you to the airport. Getting that chance to know you better was wonderful, one I will cherish for the rest of my life. Hours spent gaming, rocking out, listening to your DJ sets, concerts, talking about whatever…such precious memories that I am blessed to have. The little comfort I have in this that Al is up there with you now and you two ‘brothers from another mother’ are up there bantering, enjoying a drink and rocking out. Rest in peace my friend…forever the Hellacious one…

  7. I met Brent on one of our radio shows we hosted. Been friends with him for years. He was very funny, pretty wise, and had pretty good taste in music. He was very easy to get along with. I am going to miss you very much, amigo. I will see you again. This is not a goodbye, it is a see you on the other side. Love ya amigo!

  8. Rest in peace dear cousin. It is so unfortunate that we won’t be sharing our passions together in the 21st century. Most heartfelt condolences to all his family and friends.

  9. Be at peace nephew. My sincere condolences to your family and friends. It is so nice to read all these wonderful tributes to you. Say hi to Daen for me.

  10. Brent is one of dearest people whom I enjoyed speaking with and being a listener as we talked on several occasions over the past years. I can’t even imagine not hearing silly stories and listening to him laugh. ROCK ON hope like in true Helli spirit the I’ll enjoyed your laugh and stories once more on the other side of eternity, Helli is Always right!

  11. I was shocked to hear of his passing! Sad to see another Ionia High School classmate gone so soon and so young. Last I talked to Brent was back in 2000 when we got together to have lunch in Lowell where we caught up on each other’s lives. My heart goes out to his family. He was such a wonderful person and I feel badly we didn’t keep in touch all these years. He was a good guy.

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