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Gladys Amalia Ida Brokmeyer Brune was born on January 7, 1921, at the Brune
place in the Zimmerscheidt Community of Colorado County to Ernst and Amalia
Zapalac Brokmeyer.
She passed away in the Trinity Care Center in Brenham on Thursday, August
19, 2004 at the age of 83.
She was baptized into the Christian faith on February 6, 1921 by Pastor Hans
Krause of Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg. When the family moved to the
New Ulm Community in her early childhood, she became a member of St. John
Lutheran Church in New Ulm. She was confirmed as a young adult on August 9,
1936 by Pastor H. C. Poehlmann. In her younger days she served as a Sunday
School Teacher and sang in the church choir. She was part of the altar guild
for many years. She was active in the Women of the ELCA for 58 years and
enjoyed piecing quilts for Lutheran World Relief.
On July 20, 1940 Gladys was married to Wilkins H. Brune in the Lutheran
parsonage in Frelsburg by Pastor Leo Simon. They were blessed with 54 years
of marriage. She was housewife, homemaker, and business partner in those 54
years of marriage.
She was educated in the New Ulm School District and graduated from New Ulm
High School in May 1938 as valedictorian of her class. She enjoyed math and
theater arts. She liked to be in plays and loved to perform monologues. Her
hobbies included quilting, sewing, crocheting, playing dominoes, and talking
to friend on the telephone.
Gladys is survived by two children: daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and
Floyd Tonn of New Ulm, and son and daughter-in-law, Ronald & Shirley Brune
of Sealy; four grandchildren, Janet Blezinger and husband Bradford of New
Ulm, Ronda Ganske of Midland, Michigan and special friend Ty Ganske of
Austin, Lehron Brune and Elise Brune of Sealy; two great-grandchildren,
Bradford Blezinger, Jr. and Emilie Blezinger of New Ulm; sister, Elsie
Pierce and husband John of Kenner, Louisana; brother-in-law, Clarence Hoppe
of Seguin; step-brother, William Graeter and wife Rose of Fayetteville; and
sister-in-law, Alice Brune of Industry.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Wilkins H. Brune; parents,
Ernst and Amalia Zapalac Brokmeyer; brother and sister-in-law, Isedore and
Doris Brokmeyer; sister, Nancie Hoppe; two infant sisters, Felicia and Irene
Brokmeyer; and nephew, John E. Pierce, Jr.
Funeral services were Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. at St. John
Lutheran Church in New Ulm with the Rev. Bill Mosley officiating under the
direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Burial in the New Ulm
Cemetery in New Ulm.
Pallbearers were Donald Brokmeyer, James Brokmeyer, Luke Pierce, Robert
Neese, Arlen Brune and Larry Brune. Honorary pallbearers were Albert and
Layne Hoppe, Bruce and Randy Brokmeyer, Robin Maertz, Penny Neese, Nancy
Dibbler, Sharon Biggs, Vaughn and David Brune.
The family of Gladys Brune wishes to thank you for your presence here today.
Your Christian support through prayers, visits, and other expressions of
kindness and compassion continue to be a great blessing  to us.
Arrangements under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Posted by Joy Neely


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