Orphadel Marie Bruggeman

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November 16, 1929 ~ August 24, 2023

Orphadel Bruggeman, 93, Sioux Falls, passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2023, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Visitation with family will be 5 to 7pm, at Heartland Funeral Home, in Brandon, SD, on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, with a Prayer Service at 7pm. Funeral Mass will begin Wednesday, August 30, 2023, 11:30am, at St. Lambert Church in Sioux Falls.  Inurnment will follow at St. Michaels Cemetery.

Orphadel Marie Shubert was born November 16, 1929, in Ruthton, MN, to Emil and Margaret (Peters) Shubert.  She grew up in the Woodstock/Pipestone rural area and graduated from Pipestone High School in 1947.  She was employed in the Pipestone area, moving to Sioux Falls in 1949.  She was employed by Northwest Security Bank until marrying Leonard Bruggeman in November, 1952.  Together they operated the East Soo Tavern, until 1962.  They then purchased an acreage on Six Mile Road and built Len’s Bar, which they operated until August of 1988.  Orpha then worked part-time until retiring, from SPS Payment Systems in 1998.  She and Len were charter members of St. Lambert’s Church, and Orpha volunteered there for many years.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Jeff (Mary Lou) of Joplin, MO, Joe (Patti), Paul (Tammy), Doug, Chris (Ang) Bruggeman, and Anne Arlt, and Barb (Bram) Weidenaar, of Sioux Falls.  Orpha is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. 

Orphadel was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; her parents; two brothers, Alvin Shubert and Don Shubert; her sister, Geraldine Serie; and son-in-law, Jim Berendes.

*Note – The above is the obituary that our beloved mom wrote for herself when she was 86 years old.  We know this because we had to cross out the age that she had written and insert the age at which she actually passed away.  Yes, she even included the times for the prayer service and funeral service.  Only a few family details have been edited.  You will be missed dearly, Mom.

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  • Brian A Evans says:

    To the Bruggeman family you have my deepest condolences.
    Your Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma was an outstanding woman.
    I apologize I won’t be able to attend the visitation or the service for her.
    I have so many fond memories of holidays and Sunday afternoon supper’s with all of you at your family homestead.
    RIP Orph.

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