Malinda Juliette Agnes Fillbrandt, age 96, of Chaska, formerly of Norwood Young America, died Friday, April 6, 2012, at Auburn Manor in Chaska.
She was born Jan. 10, 1916, at her home in Lester Prairie, the daughter of Fred William and Emilie (Wolff) Ernst. Malinda was baptized as an infant Feb. 13, 1916, by the Rev. E.H. Dallmann, and was confirmed in her faith as a youth March 24, 1929, by the Rev. J.M. Munz, both at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.
Malinda received her education in Lester Prairie, and was a graduate of the Lester Prairie High School class of 1934.
Malinda grew up on the Ernst family farm, north of Lester Prairie. In her teens, due to the need to help with family income during the Depression, she traveled the Midwest for two seasons as a wardrobe mistress for the Gould Family Circus of Glencoe. She later worked as a live-in nanny and housekeeper in St. Paul.
In her early 20s, Malinda worked as a typesetter and occasional copy writer for her uncle, Emil Ernst, at the Lester Prairie News.
Towards the end of the Depression, Malinda met Herb Fillbrandt of Young America, and they were united in marriage Oct. 5, 1939, by the Rev. Schwandt at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer. They set up housekeeping in an apartment in the Ackerman House, overlooking Young America Lake, and soon moved to Elysian, where Herb operated the creamery there for about two years.
Malinda and Herb returned to Young America in 1942, and Herb answered the call to duty during WWII. He eventually was stationed in Tyler, TX. Malinda delivered their first daughter, Sharon, in 1943, and joined Herb in Texas in 1944. Following the war, the couple returned to Young America, and in 1949, moved to the home they loved for over 40 years on the east side of town, overlooking the lake.
Malinda worked primarily as a housewife from 1945 into the 1950s, having son John in 1948, and daughter Wendy in 1952, but was the social news reporter for the Norwood Times and Waconia Patriot until those column were ended in the early 1960s. She also became the office manager of the Young America office of the Minnesota Poultry Service.
After that office closed, she was fortunate to be recruited by local postmistress Emma Neurenberg, and worked at the Young America post office for 20 years. Additionally, she worked one school year as a cook at St. John’s Lutheran School.
Malinda and Herb shared 48 years of marriage, until Herb passed away April 16, 1988. Malinda continued to live in the Young America home until 2004, when she moved to Auburn Courts in Chaska.
A very active supporter of her church and community, Malinda was a member of the Norwood American Legion Auxiliary, the Young America Fire Department Auxiliary, and committee for the annual Stiftungsfest celebration. She was also a long-time member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary league at St. John’s Lutheran Church, a member of the church’s Altar Guild, and sang in the church choir.
After her retirement, Malinda and Herb traveled extensively in the US, and also went to Germany with members of the fire department who had housed members of the German band during Stiftungsfest.
Malinda also enjoyed fishing and camping trips in northern Minnesota with Herb, maintaining her garden, and watching the wildlife around the lake and meadow near her home. She especially cherished the time spent with her family and friends.
Funeral services took place Tuesday, April 10 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America, with interment in the Mau Cemetery. The Rev. Eric Hutchison officiated. Organist was Rita Luecke.Pastor Eric Hutchison, soloist, sang “Psalm 23.” Congregational hymns included “Beautiful Savior,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Amazing Grace.”
Casket bearers were Erick Heinisch, Gina Heinisch, Orlyn Boeshans, Dale Jensen, Duane Mielke, and Wayne Fillbrandt
Malinda is survived by her children, Sharon Kane and her husband, Charles, of Brooklyn Center, Wendy Heinisch and her husband, Terry, of Carver, and John Fillbrandt and his wife, Brenda, of Roseville; grandchildren Theresa Kane and her husband, Mark Sayther, Erick Heinisch, and Gina Heinisch; sister-in-law Edna Ernst of Mayer; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
In addition to her husband, Herb, Malinda was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Emilie Ernst; brothers Martin Ernst, Everett Ernst, Robert Ernst, and Herb Ernst; a sister, Ludina Schmidt; brother and sisters-in-law, and many friends.
Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Norwood Young America. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.