Vernetta LaDonna (Grack) Brinkmann, 88, of Arlington, passed away in hospice care at her daughter’s home in rural Glencoe on Monday, March 23. A private funeral serv-ice was held at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Internment followed at the High Island Cemetery in New Auburn. Pastor Daniel Welch officiated.
A public celebration of life will be held at a later date. Vernetta LaDonna (Grack) Brinkmann was born at her home in New Auburn Township, Arlington, on Dec. 15, 1931. She was the daughter of Fred Jr. and Vera (Frauendienst) Grack. Vernetta was baptized as an infant at her parent’s home by Rev. Hans Werner on Jan. 1, 1932. She was later confirmed in her faith as a youth by Rev. Alf. Streufert at First Evangelical Lutheran Churh in Glencoe on April 14, 1946. Vernetta received her edu- cation first in a country school in Glencoe, and then attend- ing First Lutheran parochial school until the eighth grade. On Aug. 16, 1950, Vernetta was united in marriage to Ar- lund Edward Brinkmann by Rev. Edgar Streufert at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Vernetta and Arlund made their home on the family farm in New Auburn Township. Their marriage was blessed with one daughter, Verona. Vernetta and Arlund shared over 37 years of marriage until Arlund passed away on April 14, 1988.
In addition to being a lov- ing wife, mother and home- maker, Vernetta was instru- mental in running the family farm. In 2009 the farm be- came a Century Farm. She was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Vernetta enjoyed gardening, reading, raising chickens, playing the piano and caring for others. She loved to travel including destinations in Europe, Isarael, China, Australia, Canada and 30 states. Vernetta cherished her three dogs and spending time at home on the farm. She is survived by her daughter, Verona (Randy) Bussler, of Glencoe; grandson, Derek (Lyndsay) Bussler, of Bloomington; great-grandchildren, Claire Bussler, Jack Bussler; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred Jr. and Vera Grack; husband, Arlund Brinkmann; and special friend, Wilmer Boeder. The Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe handled the arrangements. Its website is www.mcbride-chapel.com and it hosts obituary and guestbook information.