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Garnette Bruns

August 9, 1921 — August 26, 2014

Garnette Bruns

Garnette Bruns, age 93, of the Wheaton and Herman area, passed away Tuesday morning, August 26, 2014 at the Traverse Care Center in Wheaton. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Wheaton with Rev. Michael Breach officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, September 1st from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Time of Sharing Service at the Bainbridge Funeral Home in Wheaton. Visitation will continue Tuesday afternoon one hour prior to service time at the church. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Wheaton. A time of lunch and fellowship will follow the interment at the Wheaton American Legion. Garnette was born August 9, 1921, to Ernst and Wanda Groneberg in Dollymount Township (Traverse County). She was the oldest of eight children. When Garnette was 4, she was in an accident that claimed her right arm from the elbow down. If her mother hadn't been boiling water for potatoes, she most likely would have died. Unless you saw her arm was missing, you would never know. It did not slow her down one bit. Garnette married John Bruns on October 27, 1941, and lived in rural Herman for several years. Their union was blessed with two children, Kenneth and Edward. Garnette worked on the family farm doing whatever was necessary. She enjoyed horses, traveling, spending winters in Arizona, playing cards, fishing, cooking and entertaining, Garnette and John celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on October 27, 2011. Garnette and John retired from farming in 1998. By 2001, they moved from the farm to Wheaton, in 2007 they moved to Countryside Inn Assisted Living in Rosholt, SD and finally, in 2009 they moved to Traverse Care Center. Garnette is survived by her two sons, Kenneth (Candice) Bruns of Rapid City, SD and Edward Bruns of Perham, MN; two grandchildren Jessica (Ryan) Keddy of Sebeka, MN and Jason (Heather) Bruns of Sebeka, MN; one sister Wanda (David) Bean of Hewitt, MN; three brothers Erwin Groneberg of Hoffman, MN, Dennis (Sandra) Groneberg of Wheaton, David Groneberg of Mayer, AZ; one sister-in-law Edna Mae Groneberg of Herman, MN; one brother-in-law Folkert Bruns of Herman; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by: her husband John; parents Ernest & Wanda Groneberg; two sisters Adeline (her husband Harvey) Fickes and Lois (her husband Ralph) Fickes; one brother Robert Groneberg; two sister-in-laws Helen Groneberg and Gladys Bruns and two daughter-in-laws Carol E. Foster and Carol L. Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be her beloved nieces and nephews. Blessed be her memory. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.
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