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In Memory of Gene Brugman
Gene Brugman
Born: March 4, 1925
Died: July 5, 2011
Age: 86
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at 10:30am at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal.
Rev. Deb Mechler
Darin Unterbrink
Kevin Unterbrink
Danny Brugman
Dana Brugman
Wendy Gaskill
Betsy Schoelerman
B.J. Brugman
Laura Brugman
Emily Beatty
Matthew Beatty

Montana Unterbrink
Caleb Unterbrink
Jax Unterbrink
Gordon Unterbrink
Guinevere Unterbrink
Dayton Brugman
Davin Brugman
Dalayna Brugman
Abigail Brugman
Will begin at 4:00pm on Friday with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal.
Congregational Hymns
"Lift High The Cross"
"I Love To Tell The Story"

Organist: Sue Brugman
9:00am, Saturday, July 9, 2011
North Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Gene Brugman
March 4, 1925 - July 5, 2011
Gene (Englert) Brugman, the daughter of Lamar and Ruth (Schuck) Englert, was born March 4, 1925 at home near Royal, IA. She was the oldest of twelve children and spent part of her childhood caring for her younger siblings. After her graduation from Royal High School she went to work at the Spencer Reporter. She enjoyed going to dances, which was where she met Emil “Bud” Brugman, whom she married on June 20th, 1946. Four children were born to this union: Kathleen, Dean, David and Colleen. Throughout their marriage Bud and Gene farmed in the Royal, Hartley, and Peterson areas. Gene and Bud enjoyed participating in the Royal Church Bowling League with good friends from the area. Gene was an active member in the family farming operation. She regularly prepared meals for a large crew or ran to town for machinery parts. Gene often drove the “lunch wagon”, an old camper, into the field with lunch for the guys.

Gene was baptized and confirmed on March 5, 1950 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Royal. She remained a member there until 1986 when she transferred her membership to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She enjoyed participating in the women’s groups at both churches. Gene was very active in church and community activities including the VFW Women’s Auxiliary and the Royal Federated Women’s Club.

Gene was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved the rural lifestyle and visitors were always welcome in her home. In her retirement, she enjoyed golfing, traveling with friends, attending her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities, and driving her little red Pontiac around northwest Iowa. One of her favorite monthly activities was joining her longtime Royal friends for birthday coffee.

Gene was preceded in death by her husband of nearly forty years, Bud Brugman; her son, Dean; her parents; and two brothers, Bernard Earl and Charles Englert.

She is survived by two daughters, Kathleen (Paul) Unterbrink of Primghar, IA; Colleen (Kurt) Beatty of Atlanta, GA; a son, David (Sue) Brugman of Royal; and a daughter-in-law, Karen Brugman of Royal; ten grandchildren: Darin (Sarah) and Kevin (Kimberly) Unterbrink; Danny (Darcy) and Dana (Crystal) Brugman and Wendy (Mark) Gaskill; Betsy (Jake) Schoelerman, and BJ and Laura Brugman; Emily and Matthew Beatty; nine great-grandchildren; seven sisters: Dorothy Gray of Romulus, Michigan; Shirley (James) O’Brien of Millbank, South Dakota; Aurie (Ben) Urban of Clarion, Iowa; Helen Burton of Phoenix, Arizona; Patti (Fred) Hobaica of Phoenix, Arizona; Marge (Jim) Barglof of Spencer, Iowa and Karen (Johnny) Bentley of Pinedale, Arizona; two brothers, Ron (Jan) Englert of Spencer, Iowa and Rich (Judy) Englert of Everly, Iowa, and many other relatives and friends.

Saturday, July 23, 2011
I am sorry for your loss. I remember my mother, Marguerite Grimmius from Royal, talking about her friend, your mother. My mom passed away in 1990 and I miss her dearly as I know you will your mom. How wonderful that your mom was able to live a long life. My condolences to all of you . My thoughts and prayers are will all - especially Jan whom I personally know from Everly school.
Loretta (Grimmius) Rietz
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
To Gene's Family
Gene was a great Lady and will be missed by all who know her.I loved her spunk and her great attitude for life. She left a great legacy.....her Family!
Take care and God Bless!
Sheriff Randy Krukow
Randy W. Krukow
Monday, July 11, 2011
To all of Gene's family - Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. Gene will be missed by all of our families. Linda (Brugman) & Jim Hindt
Linda Hindt
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I have been thinking of you during these days of sadness after the loss of Gene. I am so glad that I visited her awhile back. We had a very nice visit & she seemed to be feeling well.I know she will be dearly missed by all of the family. You have my deepest sympathy.
Gladys M. Sauer
Friday, July 08, 2011
Colleen and family,
I'm sorry to hear about your mom. She sounds like a wonderful person. I know you will miss her. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Debbie Gilbert
Friday, July 08, 2011
Dear Brugman Family,
So very sorry for your loss. I am sure she will be deeply missed. You are in my prayers. Sincerely, Margaret (Becker) and Mel Molitor
Margaret Molitor
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Your mom looks precious and I fell in love with her just reading her obituary. She sounds like one of those people you only had to meet once and they made an impact. Colleen you must take after your mom. I am so sorry for your loss but it sounds like she is a woman that will always be remembered for the people lucky enough to be in her life.
Leigh kabdebo
Thursday, July 07, 2011
To All,
So sorry to hear about your loss. May your faith, family,love and memories keep her in your hear forever.
I enjoyed visiting and seeing her at the nursing home while my Mom was there. Sincerely
Candy Galbraith
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Our sincere sympathy to you. What a sweet, classy lady she was!
The Seversons, Jim, Renee (Segelke,) Amanda & Brock
Thursday, July 07, 2011
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We were able to visit with Gene at Harry Adams' funeral for a short time which we enjoyed. We will be thinking of you at this time.
jim and JoAnn Coakley(Cuttell)
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Colleen and family ~ please accept my deepest condolences. I remember fondly the many visits to your parents home, always felt so welcome there. A lovely family that shared their warmth with all whom they encountered. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She will be misse; her memories though will live on in all of you indefinitely. Blessed thoughts - Jackie
Jackie Paulsen
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May your wonderful memories bring you comfort.
Sherry (Neppl) & Steve Eral
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
I was sorry to hear of Gene's death. She was definitely always 'Mrs. Social' and always had time to stop and talk. She had become the hub of the Englert clan. She will be missed by many.
June Santage Johnson
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