Erma Rose (Sommer) Brann (1918 - 2013)

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WINTHROP – Erma Rose Sommer Brann was born June 24, 1918, on the family farm north of Masonville, the daughter of Earnest and Bessie Williamson Sommer. Her early school years were spent in the one room Eureka Country School near her home and graduated with the 1937 class of Lamont High School.
Erma was united in marriage to John U. Brann on Feb. 28, 1939, at the Methodist Parsonage in Manchester. To this union were born two daughters: Rosemary and Kay Ann. They farmed on various rental farms, until 1948, when they purchased their own farm northeast of Winthrop. The year of 2003 brought joy to their lives, celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary, and sadness, when John entered into his eternal rest. Erma was proud to have been able to live on their family farm for 60 years. In 2008, she moved to Buchanan County Long Term Care in Independence. Her face lit up when her grandchildren would spend precious time with her. She enjoyed her last five years, enriched by the caring staff at BCHC LTC, who her family wishes to acknowledge and thank.
A long time member of the Church of Christ United in Winthrop, Erma will be remembered for her faithful service on various committees.
At the age of 95 years, Erma entered into her eternal rest on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence.
Preceding her in death, were her parents; her husband, John; her brother, Fred; and her son-in-law, Robert Short.
Survivors include her two daughters: Rosemary Short of Masonville and Kay (Dean) Hoffman of Aurora; four grandchildren: Tammy (John) Wolfe of Smithville, Mo; Kelly (Lacy) Short of Masonville; Becky (Ben) Taylor of Westminster, Colo.; and Karla (Jamie) Orr of Janesville, Wis.; four great grandchildren: Addison Orr, Luke and Sam Taylor, and Rylee Short; and many other relatives and friends.
Visitation was on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 2 until 4:30 p,m. at the Fawcett Funeral Home in Winthrop and after 9 a.m. on Monday at the church.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Christ United in Winthrop with Pastor Dean Schlitter officiating. Music was be provided by pianist, Mary Kay Miller and vocalist, Wanda Deemer. Interment was in Fremont Cemetery north of Winthrop.
The Fawcett Funeral Home and Cremation Services assisted the family with arrangements. Messages can be sent to under obituaries.
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Winthrop, IA 50682
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Nov. 18 to Dec. 7, 2013