Pearl Branden, 91

Pearl Lucille Just-Jerabek-Branden, age 91, of Silver Lake, passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

A memorial service will take place in late spring.

Arrangements are with the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake.

Pearl was born Dec. 1, 1928, in Bismarck Township, Winthrop, the daughter of Albert and Lydia Just.

She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Pearl received her education at District 76 and 50.

She had been employed at Green’s Cafe in Stewart, and Al’s Cafe, and Rosenberg Produce in Glencoe.

Pearl and Harry Jerabek were married in 1950. They opened Jerabek’s Produce in 1952.

Following their purchase of the Bren sawmill land in 1963, Pearl and Harry developed and opened the Lakeside Campgrounds, including an in-ground swimming pool for the campers and people in the Silver Lake area. The family-run campgrounds closed in 1978.

Harry passed away in 1979, and Pearl continued to operate the Rosenberg Produce until 1992.

Pearl and Al Branden married 1981. They built the Lakeside Manor Apartments in 1984. In April 21016, they sold the apartments to Dale and Doris Jerabek. Al passed away in the same year.

Pearl was a faithful member of Faith Presbyterian Church. She was the first woman to serve as a church elder; and also served as clerk of Session, and officer of Presbyterian Woman, deacon, Mariner, and choir member.

She was the site manager for the senior dining site in Silver Lake for 10 years.

Pearl enjoyed going to the cabin at Pillager, old time dances, and listening to old time music. She was an outstanding caregiver to her friends or family who needed extra help.

She also enjoyed visiting with relatives and friends. Saying Pearl liked to keep busy was an understatement.

Pearl is survived by her daughter, Sandra Jerabek (husband Rick); daughter-in-law Doris Jerabek; foster daughter Sandra Bonniwell; grandchildren Kim Ziermann (friend Todd), Jesse Jerabek (Alissa), and Erika and Shelby Gonzalez; great-grandchildren Jordan and Jerika Ziermann, Aubrianna, Ethan and Jaxon Jerabek; brother Art Just (Luverna); step daughter Gerianne VanDenBoom (Paul); step grand- and great-grandchildren; step sister-in-law, Betty Wangensteen; many special nieces and nephews; and sisters-in- law Harriet Otto and Clardell Jerabek.

In addition to her husbands, Harry and Al, she was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Lydia Just; son Dale Jerabek; sisters Bernette Rettmann and Marion Just, sister-in-law Margaret Jerabek, brothers-in-law Adrian Jerabek, Milton Jerabek, Donny Otto, and Alvin Rettmann; great grand-baby Corbin Jerabek; step sons Michael and Joe Branden; and foster daughter Randea Pavlish.

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