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“I first met Ina when I was on a "sentimental journey" to South Dakota from where I live in Ontario, Canada. My Dad, her first cousin, had met her...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Kate Fischer

“From picnics in the woods, to getting a ride in Fred's airplane, to Fourth of July's with all the cousins, to bringing our children to meet her at...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Rob Glover - Minnetonka, MN

“Bill, Barney, Jill, & Families, Your mom was has always been one of the most important people in my life. I will miss her terribly, but she will...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Pati Jo Peterson - Waterville, MN

“I first heard of Ina from my sister, Angie who was teaching the Youngman School. Angie married Lester, and they wanted to move to California,...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Joan Delight Henry - Columbia, SD

“Ina was a wonderful mother-in-law and friend. For 30 some years my day began with having coffee with her across the road. I never tired of...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Julie Bruns - Hecla, SD

“In Sincere Sympathy to your family at the difficult time. Ina was such a wonderful person. God Bless You All ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Joyce Luttrell Weisser - Aberdeen, SD

“Ina was a beautiful lady inside and out. She was my kindergarden and 2nd grade teacher along with being a family friend. What a privilege to connect...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Nancy(Youngman)Matthew - Sturgis, SD

“Ina was a beautiful lady inside and out. She was my kindergarden and 2nd grade teacher along with being a family friend. What a privilege to connect...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Nancy(Youngman)Matthew - Sturgis, SD

“I'm the oldest son of the oldest son and father of Ina. My memories of Ina date to the WWII years and all of the wisdom she's plied me with over...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Jim Glover - Dundas, MN - nephew

“Fred and Ina's home will always be in my memory, the heart of which is the kitchen table, coffee and cookies (questionably fresh), and the picture of...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Jeff Glover - Minneapolis, MN

“Ina takes me back to St. Marks Church and her being a leader of the Youth Club. That had to be around the late 50's. The songs and outside games she...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Lon Bonzer - West Fargo, ND

“We have many fond memories of Ina. She was a very special and talented person who definitely left her mark on this world. Even though knowing that...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Deb Klapperich

“I have so many memories of Ina. The first is probably my rabbit getting out of its box in kindergarten class and hiding under the old steam registers...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Angie (Claeys) Kreiman - Lindsay, MT

“Ina has always been such a special person and friend. All the way back to being a kindergarten teacher, to being my very special aunt that I married...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Lynn Glover - Hecla, SD - Niece

“Thank you for sharing your wisdom, your time, your independence, your influence, but most of all your love. I'll miss you Oma. Laura ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: Laura Schoen Carbonnea - Pierre, SD


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A service of remembrance and celebration of the life of Ina (Glover) Bruns (99) of Aberdeen, formerly of Hecla, S.D., will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, January 28, 2013 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hecla. Burial will be beside her husband, Fred, at Peace Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hecla.

Ina died on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Bethesda Home in Aberdeen. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 27th with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Spitzer Miller Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Ina was born to Roy and Sena Glover on July 1, 1913 at her grandmother's home in Aberdeen, S.D. She grew up on the family farm in Greenfield Township. She attended a country school in Liberty Township; then graduated from Frederick High School at age 15. She attended Northern State Teachers College (now NSU) and graduated in 1931 with a two-year teaching certificate. By the following fall, she was 18 years old so could begin her teaching career. She taught a country school in Greenfield Township and then taught in Columbia, S.D. When Ina was in her 50s, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Dakota-Ellendale. She taught Kindergarten in the Hecla Public Schools for many years. Later, she worked as the traveling librarian in the Hecla, Frederick, and Barnard Schools.

After her early teaching years, Ina worked in the Clerk of Courts Office in the Brown County Courthouse. During World War II, Ina moved to Long Beach, CA where she worked until 1945 at Douglas Aircraft in the Personnel Office. While in California, she married Ralph Baldwin in March of 1945. After the war, she returned to Aberdeen where she worked for several years at the Farmers Home Administration.

Ina married Fred Bruns on December 11, 1949. After briefly living in Valley City, N.D., they returned to farm their land near Hecla. There they raised their family and enjoyed many years of happiness in their home. Fred and Ina had a collection of antique tractors and other antique farming equipment and tools. For many years, they held a Threshing Bee at the farm the first Sunday after Labor Day. After they no longer had their own Bee, they became very involved with the James Valley Threshing Association based in Andover, S.D. With Fred's love of old tractors, he and Ina spent considerable time in their van traveling all over the Midwest looking for tractor parts! After retiring from farming, Fred, Ina, Bill, and Barney spent five summers living and working at Barney's Ball Lake lodge in Kenora, Ontario, Canada. Ina worked in the office there.

Ina was very involved in her community. She was a 50+ year member of the West River Extension Club where she held all offices and regularly exhibited many items each year at the Brown County Fair. She was a member of study clubs in both Frederick and Hecla and enjoyed giving presentations on the history of her community. For a very long time, she wrote the Liberty Greenfield News for the local weekly newspapers in Frederick and Hecla. Ina was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and later Peace Lutheran Church. She was an active member of both in earlier years.
Ina's kitchen table was a "morning gathering spot" for guests. She enjoyed entertaining and served many special holiday and Sunday dinners over the years. She enjoyed so many activities including sewing, quilting, crafts, reading, playing the piano, painting, gardening, and writing poetry. Her cinnamon rolls, homemade bread, pies, and cookies were the best!! Ina especially enjoyed activities that her grandchildren were involved in and attended as many concerts and ball games as she could. She traveled quite extensively in the United States and visited her first cousins in New York and Florida. When in New York City, she had lunch on one of the top floors of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Ina also had an opportunity in 1991 to attend a reunion in California with some of her co-workers from Douglas Aircraft during WW II.

Fred died in 2002. Ina continued to live at home until 2008 when she needed more care due to failing health. She lived at Aberdeen Health and Rehabilitation Center, and then lived at home again with family care and now for the last year and a half has been a resident of Bethesda Home in Aberdeen. The family would like to thank all of her caregivers at both homes for the caring concern shown toward her. In 2009, while living at Aberdeen Health and Rehabilitation Center, Ina was chosen as the 2009 Senior Snow Queen. That was a wonderful honor for her!

So grateful for having shared Ina's long and active life are her children: Jill (Rodney) Schoen, Mansfield; Bill Bruns, Hecla; Barney (Julie) Bruns of Hecla; her grandchildren: Lisa (Mark) Stoebner of Tyndall, Laura (Scott) Schoen-Carbonneau of Pierre, Andrea (Zak) Hoffelt of Portland, OR, and Erika Schoen of Laramie, WY, Gabe (Rachel) Bruns of Aberdeen, Melissa (Nick) Gill of Sundance, WY, Michelle Bruns of Grove City, Pennsylvania, Luke (Maggie) Bruns of Aberdeen, and Cody (Lori) Bruns of Warner. Her great-grandchildren include: Dylan, Lincoln, Duncan and Daryan Stoebner, Andre and Elliott Carbonneau, Katherine Hoffelt, Warren Baldwin, Elijah and Micah Bruns, Deklan and Blakely Gill, Easton and Avery Bruns. She is also survived by her brother, J. Harvey Glover (Gigi) of Burke, S.D., her sister, Cynthia Johansen of Visalia, CA, Diane Bruns of Frederick, and many very special nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Fred Bruns, her parents, Roy and Sena Glover, her brothers Fay, Lauren, and Bill and sisters Marian Wermersen and Grace Caroline as well as many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Ina will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Blessed be her memory!