Gertrude Marie Stainbrook


August 16, 1928 - April 11, 2014


Gertrude Marie Muller was born August 16th, 1928 at the family farm five and one half miles south of Roswell, SD to Paul and Loretta (Hoffman) Muller, the eighth of eleven children.  She attended Burbank consolidated school graduating from high school in 1946.

On June 19, 1948 she married Eugene Stainbrook of Milltown, SD at St. Agatha rectory at Howard, SD.  They farmed near Milltown the first 10 years of their life together before moving near Mitchell.  Eugene worked at commercial building construction while Gertrude cared for their family of seven children.  She enjoyed gardening and sewing as her children grew up.  She worked at Brady Memorial Home from 1968 to 1984.  In March, 1984 Eugene, Gertrude and their youngest son, David, moved to Custer, SD, where she worked at Custer Community Hospital.  She retired in 1991. She spent the next twelve years working as a volunteer and a Special Education Aide at the Custer Elementary School.  Teaching these children was her passion in life.  She was fondly known as “Gen” to these young kids.

In August, 2003 Eugene and Gertrude moved to Bridgewater, SD to be closer to most of their family.  She enjoyed visiting at the nursing home and assisting the residents with various activities.  Each year she raised a vegetable garden and shared the produce with family and neighbors.  Her greatest joy in returning to eastern South Dakota was the opportunity to spend time with their youngest grandchild, Rachel Laufmann.

Gertrude passed away in her own home on April 11, 2014 after a battle with cancer.

She is survived by three sons, Larry of Carson City, NV; George of Alexandria; David of Fernley, NV; four daughters, Mary Lou Stainbrook of Sioux Falls; Loretta (Alan) Sorensen of Yankton; Bonita (Bill) Carlson of Custer; Theresa (Rex) Laufmann of Emery; eleven grandchildren; four step grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene, her parents, Paul and Loretta (Hoffman) Muller, her sisters, Loretta and Lucille and her brothers, Howard, Walter, Lewis, Ben, Maurice and Gerald.


None Scheduled


Saturday, May 10, 2014
11:00 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Memorial Service
1401 West Cedar
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Pam Stransky on May 8, 2014
My sincere condolences to Gertrude's family and friends. May your memories keep her alive in your hearts.
Posted by Marlene (Hemmer) Mennenga on May 7, 2014
My sister, Kay Shafer, explained we lived near when growing up. We went to country school together. Your Mom looks just as I remember also. We all have great memories of our youth while growing up with such great neighbors and friends. My sincere sympathy to you all.
Posted by Kay (Hemmer) Shafer on May 7, 2014
You have my sympathy in the death of your Mother. Your family lived near us HEMMER'S for quite a few years. I am the oldest of those 12 Hemmer's, so some of my younger siblings knew your children more as attended school with you kids. Your parents were both wonderful Parents and a Delight to be around, we Hemmer's enjoyed you all. Big Families seem to click and in all the good ways. Your Mom's photo is exactly how I remembered her...SMILE & the way she held her head when she chuckled over a humorous episode...which we had alot of those too.

May the Memories of your Mom bring you Peace and Comfort all these days. With Prayers for your family, Kay (Hemmer) Shafer
Posted by cheryl stainbrook Austin on May 6, 2014
condolences on the lose of your mother. I remember your dad as a cool older cousin and your mom as being a very kind lad with lots of little kids. It was fun to see you all at Grandpa Stainbrooks a long times You lived close to my sister Bonnie and Brother Dan n Mitchell. I am much older and was in Pierre. saw George at our dad's funeral last spring. It was good the hear about your family.take care
Posted by NANCY KEIPER on April 20, 2014
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