Irma Grassmann, 90

Irma M. Grassmann, 90, of Belle Plaine, formerly of New Prague, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m. at Friedens Lutheran Church in Lanesburgh, with the Rev. Marcus Richter officiating.

Interment will be at Friedens Lutheran Cemetery, Lanesburgh. Pallbearers will be Tony Kulik, Tim Kulik, Christopher Grassmann, Damon Bilitz, Ken Tietz and Tom Meyer.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague and at the church one hour prior to the service on Sunday.

Irma was born October 23, 1916, in Spring Lake Township, Scott County, a daughter of Frank F. and Paulina A. (Zaudtke) Beuch. She attended Scott County District #21 School and Jordan High School. On June 1, 1939, she married Raymond A. Grassmann at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Fish Lake. Following marriage, Irma moved with her husband to the Grassmann family farm where they farmed together. After her husband's death in 1999, Irma lived alone on the farm for two more years. In 2001, she moved to a townhome in New Prague where she resided until November of 2003, at which time she entered Country Neighbors Assisted Living in Le Center. In April 2004, Irma transferred to the Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine where she lived until her death.

Irma loved flower and vegetable gardening and tended extensive gardens on the farm. She also quilted many bed quilts and sewed braided rugs. Irma was very active in her church. She was a member of the Friedens Ladies Aid and Bible Study Club and served as a Sunday School teacher for 45 years, which was the highlight of her life. She also was a member of the Scott County Homemakers and several card clubs. Irma was an outgoing person, loved people and greeted them warmly. She loved her family and spent many hours baby sitting for grandchildren, cooking and baking special treats and always had cookies in the cookie jar.

She is survived by two daughters, Margaret (Steve) Kulik, New Prague, and Paula (Steve) Bilitz, Maplewood; daughter-in-law, Marilyn A. Grassmann, New Prague; adopted daughter, Cynthia Brown, Oakdale; two brothers, Walter (LaVerne) Beuch, Lydia and Orville (Ethel) Beuch, Henderson; two sisters, Ella Tietz, New Prague, and Bernice Hafermann, Shakopee; sister-in-law, Irene Beuch, Lydia; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband on April 13, 1999; a son, James E. Grassmann; her parents; a brother, Melvin Beuch; and two brothers-in-law, Erhardt Tietz and Jerome Hafermann.

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