Funeral services for Erna C. Bruckschen, age 87 of Glencoe, were Friday, Oct. 2, 1998 at the First Ev. Lutheran Church in Glencoe. She died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998 at the Glencoe Area Health Center Long Term Care Unit, having reached the age of 87 years, nine months and 17 days.
Erna Christina Bruckschen was born the daughter of Ferdinand and Emma (Tlustosh) Look on Dec. 12, 1910 in Rich Valley Township, McLeod County, Minn. She was baptized Jan. 22, 1911 at the First Ev. Lutheran Church in Glencoe by the Rev. Kolbe; and confirmed there April 5, 1929, also by Kolbe. She attended School District 22 through the eighth grade.
On Dec. 17, 1929, Erna was united in marriage to William Bruckschen at First Ev. Lutheran Church by Kolbe. The couple made their home in rural Glencoe, where they engaged in farming. They moved to a home in Glencoe in 1955.
Erna was active in many card clubs, a member of the Lutheran Womens Missionary League and the church Ladies Choir. She also volunteered at the Glencoe Area Health Center gift shop and in the Long Term Care activities department. She loved to garden, grow flowers, and play both the piano and the accordian.
Erna is preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by her son, Roland Bruckschen (wife, Dorothy) of Lester Prairie; grandson, Brad Bruckschen of Minneapolis; sisters-in-law, Augusta Bruckschen and Lois Bruckschen, both of Glencoe; brother-in-law, Raymond Bruckschen (wife, LaVerna) of Glencoe; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Friday with the Rev. Harvey Kath officiating. The organist was William Niebuhr. Congregational hymns were "Jesus, Shepherd, In Your Arms" and "Lord, Take My Hand And Lead Me." The First Lutheran Ladies Choir sang "The Lord Is My Shepherd."
Visitation was on Thursday evening at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe.
Casket bearers were Brad Bruckschen, Bob Bruckschen, Harold Michaletz, Roger Ostlie, Merlin Matthews, and Ernie Bruckschen. Interment was in the First Lutheran Cemetery.