Gladys Emma Darlene Brandt, 87, Brandon, South Dakota, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Southridge Healthcare Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A funeral was Thursday, Jan. 19, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, South Dakota. Burial followed at Memory Gardens Cemetery near Luverne.
Gladys Bjerk was born Jan. 27, 1929, to Ole and Mathilda (Skyberg) Bjerk on a farm north of Beaver Creek. She was raised and attended school at Beaver Creek, graduating in 1946. Gladys went on to Madison Teachers College.
On July 20, 1947, Gladys married Russel Brandt in Luverne. The couple resided in Beaver Creek where she worked at Beaver Creek State Bank for two years. She then was the bookkeeper at the Beaver Creek Co-op Elevator for 27 years and retired in 1991.
Gladys and Russel were members of Brandon Lutheran where she was very involved with the ladies circle Bible study, knitting, quilting, and the fall festivals. In her earlier years, she and Russel loved to go camping, fishing, and sometimes hunting. Gladys enjoyed gardening and canning and making jams and lefse.
She is survived by five children, Jim (Marcia) Brandt, Beaver Creek, Ron (Karen) Brandt, Lead, South Dakota, Dennis (Shane) Brandt, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Cheryl (David) Swenson, Arden Hills, and Debra Brandt (fiancé Eric Black), Sioux Falls; 15 grandchildren Heather (Dale) Steensma, Amy (Mike) Kerkhove-Brandt, Jared (Julie) Brandt, Jenny (Lynn) Ferney, Matthew (Teresa) Brandt, Jill (Nick) Vicaretti, Heidi (Tim) Higgins, Danielle (Jeff) Nowak, Tom (Shanna) Brandt, Rachel Brandt, Tamara (Kevin) Kampfe, Todd (Jenna) Swenson, Tyler (Sara) Swenson, Joshua Brandt (fiancée Amber Olson) and Ryan Black-Brandt; 37 great-grandchildren, and one sister, Viola Peterson, Sioux Falls.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one great-granddaughter, Mary; and three sisters, LaVonne Verhey, Ione Backus, and Olive Farrow.
Arrangements were by Heartland Funeral Home of Brandon, South Dakota, www.heartlandfunerals.com.