January 27, 1929 ~ January 14, 2017
Gladys Brandt, 87, Brandon, died Saturday, January 14, 2017, at the Southridge Care Center in Sioux Falls.
Visitation with family present will be 5-7pm, Wednesday, January, 18, 2017, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon. Funeral services will be 10:30am, Thursday, January 19, also at Heartland Funeral Home. Interment will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery near Luverne.
Gladys Emma Darlene Bjerk was born January 27, 1929, on the farm north of Beaver Creek, MN, to Ole and Mathilda (Skyberg) Bjerk. She was raised and attended school at Beaver Creek where she graduated in 1946. Gladys went on to Madison Teacher’s College. On July 20, 1947, Gladys married Russel Brandt in Luverne, MN. The couple resided in Beaver Creek where she worked at Beaver Creek State Bank for 2 years and then she was the bookkeeper at the Beaver Creek Co-op Elevator for 27 years and retired in 1991.
Gladys and Russel were members of Brandon Lutheran where she was very involved with the ladies circle Bible study, knitting, quilting, and the Fall Festivals. In her earlier years, she and Russel loved to go camping, fishing, and sometimes hunting. Gladys enjoyed gardening and canning along with making jams and lefse.
Gladys will be deeply missed by her five children, Jim (Marcia) Brandt, Beaver Creek, MN, Ron (Karen) Brandt, Lead, SD, Dennis (Shane) Brandt, Sioux Falls, SD, Cheryl (David) Swenson, Arden Hills, MN, and Debra Brandt and her fiancé, Eric Black, Sioux Falls; grandchildren, Heather (Dale) Steensma, Amy (Mike) Kerkhove-Brandt, Jared (Julie) Brandt, Jenny (Lynn) Ferney, Matthew (Teresa) Brandt, Jill (Nick) Vicaretti, Heidi (Tim)Higgins, Danielle (Jeff) Nowak, Tom (Shanna) Brandt, Rachel Brandt, Tamara (Kevin) Kampfe, Todd (Jenna) Swenson, Tyler (Sara) Swenson, Joshua Brandt and his fiancé, Amber Olson, Ryan Black-Brandt; thirty-seven great-grandchildren, Jaxon, Skyler, Talon, Justin, Aiden, Haven, Karissa, Daylin, Cynthia, Anne, Charlie, John, Alex, Rylee, Hunter, Madison, Conner, Ashley, Emma, Brookelyn, Tristan, Connor, Tim Jr., Peyton, Derek, Bella, Michael, Ianna, Seth, Meagan, Tommy, Kaylie, Caleb, Eli, Natalie, Tayra, and Patrick; and one sister, Viola Peterson, Sioux Falls.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one great-granddaughter, Mary; and three sisters, LaVonne Verhey, Ione Backus, and Olive Farrow.