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Gesina J. Brueggeman

Tue, Dec 24th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Gesina J. Brueggeman, 95, of Peterson, Minn., formerly of Wykoff, Minn., passed away December 19, 2013, at her home in Peterson.

Gesina Jeanette Simonson was born at rural Kiester, Minn., on May 16, 1918, the daughter of John and Martha (Johnson) Simonson. She went to a country school through 8th grade and briefly attended high school at Thompson, Iowa, before extended illness forced her to drop out. As a young girl, she drove a horse drawn cart to catechism classes at Trinity Lutheran church, rural Kiester, which is where she first met her future husband, Gordon Cox. Her first job was as a housekeeper and nanny for the Branstad family in Lake Mills, Iowa, a job that she later gave up to work as a waitress in a Lake Mills restaurant where the pay was better at $2.50 per week.

Gordon and Gesina were married on November 4, 1939, at Mason City, Iowa. They farmed in the Kiester and Clarks Grove areas before moving to Wykoff in 1953. Gordon was a farmer/rancher who primarily raised Hereford cattle and horses. Gesina worked on the farm, as well, and eventually got back into the restaurant business. She operated the Corner Café in Wykoff during the 60’s, and later was offered a job at the First State Bank of Wykoff, where she worked until retirement.

Gordon died on May 26, 1971. On September 17, 1972, she married Floyd Brueggeman in Wykoff. She was happily married for more than 30 years to each of her two husbands. Floyd died on January 29, 2008.

Gesina enjoyed handcrafts and turned out beautiful items, including knitted sweaters, Afghans, crocheted tablecloths, and many quilts. She took up golfing late in life with her friend Opal, and for several years they also had a booth at Art in the Park in Lanesboro, where they sold embroidered dish towels and pillow cases, crocheted work, and hand painted Christmas ornaments.

She was a humble and gentle person, always ready to help a neighbor.

Survivors include a son, Marlyn (Jundong Song) Cox of Winnipeg and Peterson; and a daughter, Sylvia (Jeff) Passow, of Peterson; granddaughters, Sarah (Roger) Bearbower of Rushford, Minn., Anna (Bruce) Nelson of Wykoff, Minn.; grandsons, DeLane Horning of Peterson and Greg (Shannon) Cox of Aurora, Colo.; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; a son, Dennis Cox; 3 sisters and 6 brothers; and an infant grandson.

The funeral will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 26, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wykoff with Rev. Becky Timm officiating. Friends may call at the church on Thursday 9:00 a.m., until the time of service. Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in rural Kiester.

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