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Ruth E.I. Brinkman, 97, of Glencoe

Ruth Brinkman
Ruth Emma Ida (Dittmer) Brinkman, 97, of Glencoe, died Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 29, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township with the Rev. Dennis Reichow officiating. Jonette Jordan was the organist. Congregational hymns were “On Eagle’s Wings,” “In the Garden” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Casket bearers were Casey Brinkman, Derek Brinkman, Ryan Brinkman and Lindsay Lindall.
Interment was in the church cemetery.
Ruth Emma Ida (Dittmer) Brinkman was born June 21, 1919, in Glencoe, the daughter of Herman and Bertha (Grewe) Dittmer. She was baptized as an infant on July 6, 1919, and was confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 9, 1933, both by the Rev. A.J. Dysterheft at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township. Her confirmation verse was Psalm 1:1-2. She received her education in Glencoe, graduating with the Glencoe High School class of 1937.
On Oct. 10, 1946, she was united in marriage to Ernst Brinkman at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Doug and Dale. The couple lived in the rural Glencoe area all their lives, sharing over 64 years of marriage before Mr. Brinkman’s death on Dec. 19, 2010.
Mrs. Brinkman was a hard worker, both as a farmer and as a housewife. Her faith was a very important part of her life, and she was a lifelong member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township, being involved in the Ladies Aid. She loved to garden, shop, visit with others and especially enjoyed having coffee with her friends. She worked hard, but always put her family first. She truly cared for others and took time to show kindness and love to family and friends. She adored her grandchildren and, even in her failing health, the great-grandchildren brought a sparkle to her eyes.
She is survived by her sons and their wives, Doug and Lynda Brinkman of Prior Lake and Dale and Pat Brinkman of Glencoe; grandchildren, Casey (Maria) Brinkman of Prior Lake, Derek (Ann) Brinkman of Prior Lake, Ryan (Cassandra) Brinkman of Rochester and Lindsay (Justin) Lindall of St. Paul; stepgrandchildren, Christine Bradley, Mark (Lisa) Bradley, Jamie (Jason) Reiter and Anna (Jason) Allen, all of Prior Lake; 18 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Bertha Dittmer; and husband, Ernst Brinkman.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com.