Marvelyn Janet Bratsch, age 88, of Renville, died Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Private family services will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020, with burial in Bethany Lutheran Cemetery south of Renville. The Rev. Michael Kuschel will officiate. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Renville, MN.
Marvelyn Janet Bratsch was born on November 1, 1931, in Renville County to Gustave and Frieda (Standfuss) Krueger. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmet Township. Marvelyn grew up on the family farm southwest of Danube and attended country school District 127. She graduated from Danube High School in 1949, and worked numerous jobs around Olivia.
She was united in marriage to Lowell Dennis Bratsch on February 18, 1951, at Bethany Lutheran Church. They raised their 5 children on the family farm south of Renville. She worked hard helping Lowell with the field work in the summer and the fall. During the school year, she worked at the Danube High School in the office and the library.
She was a member of Bethany Ladies Aid and taught Sunday School. When the church closed in 1998, they joined St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Flora Township.
She was a 4H leader, enjoyed genealogy, worked at the Renville Museum, and was a member of the Garden Club. She liked gardening, riding horses with Lowell and the family, and traveling. She made many quilts for her family and loved to do Hardanger.
She moved to Meadows on Main Assisted Living in Renville in December of 2017.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law Linda Bratsch of Crosby, TX, and her children Gail Runke of Buffalo, Jeffrey (and Vicky) Bratsch of Renville, Russell (and Kristin) Bratsch of Renville, and Cheryl (and Joel) Bakker of Renville; her grandchildren: James (and Linda) Buboltz of Silver Lake, Keegan (and Michaela) Bratsch of Pearland, TX, Taylor Bratsch of Crosby, TX, Marin Bratsch of Pearland, Tx, Sara (and Nick) Vergin of Dassel, Sonia Runke (and special friend Dan) of Monticello, Rebecca Runke of Buffalo, Cody Runke of Buffalo, Jason (and Christie) Bratsch of Sacred Heart, Kevin Bratsch of Renville, Molly (and Ryan) Williams of Renville, Leeana Bratsch of Sauk Rapids, Nic Bratsch of Sauk Rapids, Michael (and Emily) Bakker of Sacred Heart, Kelly (and Kyle) Severin of Alexandria, and Laura (and Trever) Taggart of Willmar; Her great grandchildren: Jameson and Karlson Buboltz, Natalie Bratsch, Anna Runke, Colton, Mackton, Abigail, and Nolan Bratsch, Wesley and Grace Williams, Nadia Bratsch, Krozbie Bratsch, Nora, Ryan, and Nathan Bakker, and Lauren Severin; her sister Arlene Zimmer of Marion, NC, her brother Roger (and Rosalie) Krueger of Young America, and her sisters-in-law: Barb Bratsch of Minneapolis and Carolyn (and Elmer) Neu of Paynesville; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lowell, her son Gary, her son-in-law Terry Runke, her granddaughters Amy and Lisa Bratsch, and her great grandson Emett Williams.
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