Stella Brusse, 97, of Spring Valley, died Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Ostrander Care and Rehab in Ostrander.

She was born near Cherry Grove to Ben and Mollie (Mathison) Nagel on Sept. 10, 1916. She grew up and lived in the Cherry Grove area all of her life.

She married Calvin Brusse on Nov. 10, 1937 in Cherry Grove.

She was a devoted life-long member of the Cherry Grove Church where she was a pianist and organist for many years. She and her husband spent most of their married life farming and watching their children grow up on the farm. She enjoyed gardening, making rugs on her loom and making quilts.

She is survived by her children, Julian (Karen) Brusse of Rochester, Luann (David) Garrison of Spring Valley and Terry Brusse of Cherry Grove; seven grandchildren, Lesa Brusse, Brenda (Ken) Clark, Rodney (Pam) Brusse, Kelly (Rick) Gillitzer, Todd (Michelle) Garrison, Eric Garrison and Garren Brusse; 10 great-grandchildren; a niece they raised, Janice Berning Tabor of Austin and several other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Brusse; son, Lowell Brusse; grandson, Randy Brusse; daughter-in-law, Jo Ann Brusse; brother, Orrin Nagel; sister, Leona (Nagel) Berning and three half brothers, Jacob, Oscar and Mike Monson.

Funeral services for her were held Thursday, June 5, at Cherry Grove United Methodist Church in Cherry Grove, with the Rev. Beth Perez officiating. Burial took place in the Cherry Grove Cemetery. Hindt Funeral home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials can be given to the Cherry Grove United Methodist Church or the Cherry Grove Cemetery.

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