Verna Marie (Bartels) Brinkman was born Feb. 28, 1922, to Gustav and Johanna (Koehler) Bartels at rural Tecumseh. She was baptized April 2, 1922 and confirmed May 26, 1935 at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, rural Elk Creek.
She was united in marriage to Dick H. Brinkman on July 17, 1945, at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Elk Creek. To this union four sons were born, Arlin, Jerry, Randy and Lyle. Dick and Verna lived in Cook and Eagle in their early years together.
They bought the farm near Cook in 1954 and lived there until retiring from farming and moving into Cook in September of 2005.
Dick and Verna joined the Grace Lutheran Church in Cook in 1965. Verna was involved with quilting and making blankets for Lutheran World Relief and also served on several committees with the Grace Lutheran Women.
Verna worked for 19 and a half years at the Good Samaritan Center in Syracuse as a medication nurse. She enjoyed helping the elderly, fishing, camping and playing cards with friends and relatives. She especially loved baby-sitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her husband Dick passed away Jan. 25, 2011. When her health declined, Verna became a resident at Belle Terrace in 2011. She passed away there on Nov. 25, 2020 at the age of 98 years.
She is survived by her sons, Arlin Brinkman and wife Judy of Cook, Jerry Brinkman and wife Jean of Cook, Randy Brinkman and wife Barbara of Rome, Ga., and Lyle Brinkman and wife June of Brock, grandchildren, Jodell and Greg Yank, Thomas and Lori Brinkman, Brian and Dana Brinkman, David and Brandi Brinkman, Erica and Justin Plucknett, Michaela and Mark Moser, Sarah and Tom Van Boening, Joseph and Ellen Brinkman, great-grandchildren, Brandon and Renae Sieck, Allison, Trevor and Mitchell Brinkman, Chase Brinkman, Isley, Drew and Jarrett Brinkman, Eliza, Stella and Judah Plucknett, step- grandchildren, Caroline and William Yank, Nikki and Daniel Dominey, Danielle and Garrett Bergmann, Brandon Brossard and Cameron Bergman and step-great-grandchildren, James and Joanne Dominey.
Verna was preceded in death by her husband, Dick, grandson, Todd Brinkman, brothers, Ernest Bartels (Susie), Theodore Bartels (Esther), Richard Bartels(Elsie) and Clarence Bartels (Evelyn), sisters, Velma Buethe (Eldor), Velora Haughton (Ernest) and Linda Kraus (Ken).
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Grace Lutheran Church, Cook, with Rev. Jim Helgren officiating. Grace Bentzinger served as organist. Special music included "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", "In The Garden" and "Blue Skirt Waltz." Pallbearers were Verna's grandsons and honorary pallbearers were Verna's granddaughters. Interment was in the Grace Lutheran Cemetery, rural Cook. Memorials may go to the Grace Lutheran Cemetery. Services were entrusted to Wherry Mortuary, Tecumseh.
Posted online on December 03, 2020