Jeanette  Bruns

Obituary of Jeanette Bruns

Jeanette Christina Bruns, age 96, of Renville, died Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Renville County Hospital in Olivia, MN.  A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church north of Renville.  The Rev. Anna Williamson will officiate.  A private family burial will be held at Ebenezer Presbyterian Cemetery.  Visitation for Jeanette will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Renville. 


Jeanette Christina (Bakker) Bruns was born June 4, 1921, on a farm in Kandiyohi County, near Renville, MN, to parents John W. and Swannette (Middents) Bakker. Her education was at a country school (District 85), and she graduated from Renville High School on May 29, 1939. On January 12, 1944, she was united in marriage to Henry Bruns, and they lived in Renville until 1947. At that time they moved to a farm in Ericson Township where they lived and worked together for 47 years. During these years she was active with her daughters in church, school, and 4-H activities. She was a life-long member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School, Bible School, and was a member of the Women’s Organization.  She loved music and playing the piano, a talent she shared until her death. In October 1993 they purchased a home in Renville, and continued enjoying retirement years by visiting family, traveling and volunteering to help in the church and community. In February 2011 they moved into an apartment at Meadows on Main, where she was still residing. Her peaceful passing occurred at the Renville County Hospital in Olivia on May 31, 2018.


Jeanette is survived by daughters: Dorene Bruns of Minneapolis, MN, Delma Murtha (Christopher) of Bloomington, MN, and Donna Beyer (Gary) of Plymouth, MN, and son-in-law, Emery Holum of Spicer, MN.  Survived by eight grandchildren: Aimee (Holum) Asp (Joel), Aaron Holum (Jenn), Jason Holum (Jami), Matthew Murtha (Lora), Philip Murtha (Justine), Kristine (Beyer) Iten, Jennifer (Beyer) Braner (Nathan), Jonathan Beyer; and by thirteen great-grandchildren, Rebekah and Andrew Asp, Hannah and Tyler Holum, Parker and Mason Holum, William and Gwendolyn Murtha, Levi and Lainey Murtha, Elizabeth Iten, Remington and Harper Braner. She is also survived by her brother Wendell (Margie) Bakker of Renville, MN, her three sisters-in-law, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Jeanette was preceded in death by husband Henry in 2013, and daughter Diane Holum in 2008. She was also preceded by other relatives including brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.


If you would like to make a memorial in Jeanette’s honor, we would welcome cash for or checks made payable to these organizations: American Cancer Society, Middents Memorial Endowed Scholarship (Theological Seminary at University of Dubuque), Presbyterian Church U.S.A (for world missionaries Leslie and Cindy Morgan), and Renville County Hospice.


The family thanks you for your love, support of and friendship with Jeanette over the years. In lieu of mailing thank you cards for your memorial gifts, a family donation will be made in her memory.

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