Bertha L. Milbrand

Bertha Louise (Hoernemann) Milbrand, age 102, of Glencoe, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 18 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township, Glencoe, with interment following at the church cemetery. Clergy officiating: Pastor Dennis Reichow; organist: Rick Grieger; soloist: Lawrence Biermann, "The Lord Is My Shepherd"; congregational hymns: "What A Friend We Have In Jesus," "I Am But A Stranger Here," "Asleep In Jesus"; honorary casket bearers: Debra Ebert, Kathy Mackenthun, Rhonda Fenney; casket bearers: David Milbrand, Brian Milbrand, Dean Heuer, Paul Heuer, Maureen Lowden, Sandra Heuer.

Bertha Louise (Hoernemann) Milbrand was born on May 27, 1910 in Young America Township, the daughter of George and Wilhelmina (Stender) Hoernemann. Bertha was baptized as an infant on July 3, 1910 by Rev. J. C. Ochsner, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 13, 1924 by Rev. A. George Schmid, both at St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church in Hamburg. She received her education at District 41 country school in Hamburg. On March 25, 1930 Bertha was united in marriage to Alvin Milbrand by Rev. Otto Vriesen at St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church in Hamburg. Bertha and Alvin made their home on the farm in Green Isle Township. They were blessed with three children: Harvey, Lester and Darlene. They shared over 62 years of marriage, until Alvin passed away on Dec. 16, 1992. In February of 1995, Bertha moved to Millie Beneke Manor in Glencoe, living there until August of 2006. When at the Millie Beneke Manor, she would always send cookies, mostly gingersnaps, home with everyone. When Bertha needed assistance with her daily care, she became a resident of Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe. When visiting her at Long Term Care, some of her favorite questions and comments were, "How is your family?" "How is the farmer, Brian?" "Is the pig price pretty good?" "Pigs aren’t as much work as cows." Before her marriage, Bertha did housekeeping for families. In addition to being a loving mother and homemaker, Bertha helped Alvin on the farm. Bertha was a faithful member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township, Glencoe, where she was a member of the Ladies Aid for many years and also served on the Altar Guild. She also was a member of the neighborhood catering gang. Bertha enjoyed being a homemaker doing cooking, baking, canning, tatting and vegetable and flower gardening. She also liked helping with the farm work, fishing and traveling with family and friends. Bertha especially cherished the time spent with her family and friends. Bertha passed away at the age of 102 years, one month and 18 days. Blessed be her memory.

Bertha is preceded in death by her parents, George and Wilhelmina Hoernemann; husband, Alvin Milbrand; son, Harvey Milbrand; granddaughter, Nancy Milbrand; sisters, Ella Franck and her husband, William, Minnie Wolter and her husband, Marvin, Elizabeth Fluesemann and her husband, Jerry, Lorna Wolter and her husband, Clifton.

Bertha is survived by her: son, Lester Milbrand and his wife, Cordelia, of Glencoe; daughter, Darlene Heuer and her husband, Duane, of Norwood Young America; daughter-in-law, Joan Bullert of Glencoe; grandchildren, David Milbrand and his wife, Chris, of Glencoe, Maureen Lowden of Glencoe, Debra Ebert and her husband, Joel, of Gaylord, Brian Milbrand and his wife, Traci, of Glencoe, Dean Heuer and his wife, Michelle, of Norwood Young America, Paul Heuer and his wife, Jennifer, of Norwood Young America, Sandra Heuer of Eden Prairie, Kathy Mackenthun and her husband, Rodney, of Plato, Fenney and her husband, LaDaryl, of Cologne; 18 great-grandchildren, Mitchell Lowden, Ashley Dietrich and her husband, Denver, Brianna Lowden, Hannah Ebert, Samuel Ebert, Megan Milbrand, Mason Milbrand, Chase Heuer, Andrew Heuer, Sarah Heuer, Benjamin Heuer, Katelyn Heuer, RaeAnn Heuer, Anna Mackenthun, Abby Mackenthun, Michael Mackenthun, Micah Fenney, Malcolm Fenney; two step-great-grandchildren; five step great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe Online obituaries and guest book available at