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Rev. David W. Ellis, Officiating

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Monday October 25th, 2010

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Bertha Pauline Eisenbraun

Organist ~ Harriet Schaeffer
"Amazing Grace"
"I'm But a Stranger Here"
"Just As I Am, Without One Plea"
"Rock of Ages, Cleft For Me"
"Abide With Me! Fast Falls the Eventide"
Bertha Pauline Eisenbraun was born to August and Susanna (Going) Goldhammer on August 27th, 1913 in Delmont, South Dakota.  She attended rural public school south of Delmont through the 8th grade.  In her teens she attended parochial school.  Bertha was married to Alvin Eisenbraun on September 3, 1933.  To this union was born six children.  Bertha showed great strength of character raising her young family during some difficult years in the depression of the 1930s and when her husband was away in the Navy during World War II.  In addition to being a homemaker, she provided child care and housekeeping services to others for a number of years.  From 1971 to 1982, she was employed as a cook at the Good Samaritan Center in Scotland, a position she enjoyed a great deal.  She was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Scotland where she taught Sunday school, attended Bible classes, and was very active in the choir.  She was a long-time President of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.
Bertha’s favorite pastimes were singing, baking, cooking, and crossword puzzles and Scrabble.  She baked pies and kuchen in large quantities for her family, neighbors and friends.  In her retirement years, Bertha and Alvin volunteered in a variety of ways throughout the Scotland community, including serving Meals on Wheels to others.  Bertha and Alvin moved to Majestic Bluffs in Yankton, SD, in December of 2002.  Bertha enjoyed making new friends and taking part in all the activities throughout the last eight years at Majestic Bluffs where she was always grateful for the loving care that she received.  She said goodbye to her husband of over 70 years in April of 2004.  Bertha died peacefully with her family around her on Friday, October 22nd, 2010 at Avera Sister James Care Center at the young age of 97 years.  She was still singing her favorite hymns up until the last day of her life on earth and told us that she was looking forward to joining the alto section of the celestial choir of angels. 
Grateful to have shared the love that Bertha provided them are her five surviving children:  Dal (Carol) Eisenbraun of Tucson, Arizona; Darrell (Doreen) Eisenbraun of Chandler, Arizona; Diane (Allen) Gross of Mayetta, Kansas: Deborah (Jerry) Raabe of Volga, South Dakota; Dan (Patti) Eisenbraun of Yankton;  along with 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  Pallbearers for her funeral are Mike Eisenbraun, Kim Neidecker, Chris Gross, Ryan Raabe, Kristin Hausmann, and Danielle Raabe.  Honorary pallbearers are Pam Eisenbraun, Jon Eisenbraun, Deb Glass, Erica Bobby, Jeff Eisenbraun and Brandon Eisenbraun.
Bertha was preceded in death by her husband Alvin, her son Donald, and by her two sisters and two brothers.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be directed to Avera Sacred Heart Foundation in Yankton, South Dakota. 

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Darrell and family: Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many who care.

Diane Yoder Nov 4 2010 10:05 AM

Our thoughts are with the family in this time of sorrow.

Calvin & Denise Keith Oct 25 2010 5:26 PM

My deepest sympathys to the Eisenbraun family. I was able to share the joy of Bertha every 2 weeks as I gave her her massages, which she enjoyed very much. She was a special person and I'm glad I was able to keep her comfortable and happy as long as I could.

Jessica Sternberg Oct 25 2010 10:56 AM

Dear Dan & Patti, Darrel & families, So sorry to see your Mom's obituary in the P&D site today. What a wonderful long life she shared with all you. I think of all the days in Scotland just living down the road from your family and hope the Good Lord gives you the grace and strength to deal with your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Clarita (Hollman) Varilek Oct 24 2010 8:33 PM

To Dan and the rest of the Eisenbraun family, I send my thoughts and prayers to all of you at this time of sadness in the loss of your mom. I remember so well her days as cook at the Scotland Nursing Home where I worked during High School. She was so kind and thoughtful and always so happy to share stories about her family. The obituary is a wonderful tribute to such a dear lady. Treasure your memories. She lives on in each of you. "Do not dwell on what you have lost, but rather on what you have been given." Rest in peace Bertha.

Jane (Orth) Rokusek Oct 24 2010 5:42 PM

Deb and Jerry, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. It sure sounds like she had a wonderful, rewarding life. I'm sure you'll have many fond memories for years to come. Take care, Judy

Judy DeZeeuw Oct 24 2010 2:55 PM

Deb, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I met her once when we were in high school, and remember her as a very kind lady. My mother (Evelyn Mach) worked in the kitchen at the Good Samaritan Center during some of the same years your mother did. Mom always talked about how much she liked Bertha & enjoyed working with her. I believe they became good friends during those years. My deepest sympathy to you & your family during this sad time.

Eileen (Mach) Johnson Oct 24 2010 1:58 PM

I'm the daughter of Irene Eisenbraun Wilk, sister of Al Eisenbraun. I met Aunt Bertha (and her entire family) when I was 14 and was updated on her life over the years through my sister, Norma Wilk Rollo. Several years ago, I met up again with Darrel and his wife Doreen, after exchanging Christmas cards for a decade. It's unfortunate that so many years past without getting to know each other better. The Eisenbraun's are a hardy bunch of people! It's not surprising that Bertha lived to such a ripe age. She will be missed.

Renee Wright Oct 23 2010 3:17 PM

I read about the loss of your mother today in the Argus Leader. I just finished reading her complete obituary online and it was a wonderful tribute to the special wife, mother and friend that she was. I will always remember her as a loving, caring person who deeply loved and was so proud of her family. She will be missed by each and every one of you, but what a blessing for her to be welcomed to her heavenly home. You have my deepest sympathy.

Marlys Bernhard Oct 23 2010 1:40 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss.I used to work at Majestic Bluffs in Independent & assisted living. I adopted them all as my family. She'll be greatly missed. I need one of her daughters or son's to contact me as I want to give them a poem that I wrote for families & friends that lost a loved one & one for the families of people who have died. I hope you like them. Sincerely yours Linda D. Gorham

Linda D. Gorham Oct 23 2010 1:33 PM

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