Martha M. Griesert

            Martha Meta Griesert, daughter of Herman and Clara Oberheu Brase, was born April 13, 1928, in Douglas Township of rural Bremer County, Iowa.She was baptized May 6, 1928, by Rev. H. Raum and confirmed March 29, 1942, by Rev. R.H. Steege at St. John Lutheran Church, Western Douglas of rural Plainfield.

           On September 14, 1952, she was united in marriage with Robert E. Griesert at St. John Lutheran Church, Western Douglas by Rev. G.H. Brase. At one time, Martha had been employed at Bremer Pack and Marshall Canning Factory in Waverly and later worked as an aide and custodian at Sumner Schools before retiring in 1992.

           Martha’s death occurred early Monday, April 2, 2012, at the Waverly Health Center. She was eighty-three years old and a longtime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sumner. She enjoyed attending and holding garage sales with her sisters and sharing a pot of coffee with family and friends. She especially treasured the time she spent with her children and grandchildren.

           She is survived by one son, Mitch (Karla) Griesert of Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska; two daughters, Brenda (John) Kraemer of Marion and Lori Griesert of Garner; five grandchildren, Katie, Ben, Emily, and Jake Kraemer         and Peyton Griesert; one brother, Jon (Candy) Brase of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; two sisters, Wilma Cooley and Rosamond Hoffman, both of Waverly; two sisters-in-law, Barb Brase of Frederika and Margene Clayton of Waterloo; and many nieces and nephews.

           Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, on February 3, 1988; an infant daughter, Sue Lynn, in 1966; her parents; one sister, Selma Carroll; and three brothers, Paul, Jerry, and Robert Brase.

          Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 5, 2012, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. George Volkert officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Thursday. Interment will be at Lutheran Cemetery of Sumner Township.


Dan &Tina Haskenhoff on April 6, 2012 at 5:48 AM said:

Lori I want to express our condolence to you and your family. Cherish your mothers memories and know she is in a better place. God Bless.
Dianne Fuller on April 5, 2012 at 5:48 AM said:

Lori and Brenda,
My sympathies on the passing of your mother to you and all your families. It is never easy but may the memories you have provide comfort in the days and months ahead.
Judy and Dean Zupke on April 4, 2012 at 2:30 PM said:

Lori, we are so sorry to hear about your mom passing away. She was such a delightful lady and I always enjoyed visiting with her. Keep the memories in your heart and she will always be with you. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Kenny and Janice Fangman on April 4, 2012 at 2:01 PM said:

We wish to extend our Sincere Sympathy to the Griesert/Brase families
Stephanie Arensdorf of Gary Fober & Associates on April 4, 2012 at 1:05 PM said:

To the family of Martha; I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. I didn't know her long but she was always such a sweetheart to me. Feel free to contact me whenever you are ready...
Dan, Sharon and Kathleen Corrigan on April 3, 2012 at 10:07 PM said:

The coffee pot was always on and I can still see her smile and hear her laugh! We will miss her <3, but know she is in a better place without pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Diane and Russell Wilson on April 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM said:

Martha was such a sweet person and devoted mother. I still remember how kind she was to me whenever I would be over at her home. She will be dearly missed. Lori, please know we are praying for comfort and peace for you and your family. I have no doubt Martha is celebrating Easter with your dad and Jesus in heaven!

With love and aloha,
Diane and Russell Wilson
Julie Fedeler on April 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM said:

Lori - My deepest, heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. I had forgotten that your mom had worked at the school. She will be greatly missed. Praying that God will provide you with peace, strength and comfort during these days.
Carol and Dan Weltner on April 3, 2012 at 2:43 PM said:

Lori and family: offering prayers and sympathy to you on the death of your mother. May you find comfort in the many stories and fond memories to be shared over the coming days. God bless~
Donna Jacobsen on April 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM said:

Lori: Please know you have my deepest sympathy on your mother's passing. I know you were very close with her just as I was with my great mother. Know that I am holding you in my thoughts, prayers, and heart. Love, Donna J.
Dave & Diane Spieker on April 3, 2012 at 6:49 AM said:

Mitch: We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Our hearts go out to you and Peyton and the rest of the family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days to come. You know we are here for Peyton if he needs anything.
John and Diane {Brase} Dockendorf on April 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM said:

We are so sorry to hear of Martha's passing. What a wonderful, kind, caring woman she was. She always had a smile and kind word for anyone and a great sense of humor. Heaven has gain another angel to watch over you. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

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