Gladys Brandt

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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.

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  • Cathy Nytroe says:

    Marcia & Family, I haven’t seen Gladys for at least 5 years, but I fondly remember her in our TOPS chapter. She was a great encourager for me, and I still have the little dresser scarf that she made for me as a gift one time. I put my jewelry on it every night. Sending my love and appreciation for a wonderful lady. God bless.

  • I had the fortune of meeting Gladys at several Kinney Christmas functions. She was an extremely cordial person and was always happy to be there. I know that she will be missed greatly by her family and friends! I look forward to paying my respect to her and the rest of the family at the funeral on Thursday. I am also looking forward to a lot of hugs from family — just keep in mind that, though it will be difficult, it’s the beginning of the healing process. Love to you all, LeAnne Fosdick

  • Carol Kinsey says:

    My condolences to the Brandt family in the loss of Gladys. My dad, Mel, used to say Gladys was the best bookkeeper in the world when she worked at the Elevator all those years.I remember seeing Gladys at the elevator when I went to see my dad and she was always so cheerful and friendly to everyone that came in there.

  • Earl Gibson says:

    Sending sympathy from Gladys’ classmate. We enjoyed reminiscing with her at school reunions. She was a sweet gentle lady. Earl and Lorry Gibson

  • Rachel Brandt says:

    I am so sorry i cannot make it to your service. I have had many fond memories of my Grandma Gladys. When I was little, she taught my brother and I the Lords prayer at bedtime and would feed us Nilla wafers and bananas for a bedtime snack. She was as so loving. I have and always will miss her very much. May you Rest In Peace my sweet Grandma. I love you.

  • jenny furney,lynn charlie and john deyoung says:

    I am sorry I didn’t make it today for the service. I love you and your going to be deeply missed. May you rest peace grandma loved you.

  • So sorry to hear of Glady’s passing. I know we are somehow related since my Mother was Lorraine Bjerk Hulbert, daughter of James and Mary Bjerk. After graduating from BCHS in 1960, I worked for a year and some summers with Gladys at the Beaver Creek State Bank. Not only was she nice and such a patient person while teaching me the ropes, we had so much fun and laughed so hard. It was Gladys, George Miller and myself at the time–what a threesome!! May you as Glady’s family, find God’s perfect peace, comfort and solace as you grieve her passing and celebrate her life.
    Kindly and lovingly,
    Joyce A. Hulbert Price
    Parker, Colorado

  • Cheryl Swenson says:

    Thank you all for sharing such fond memories of my mom. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

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