May 26, 2016


Rose Emma Brumme

Brumme_Rose 5.3X6.5PICARose Emma Brumme, 85, was born in New Mindon, Illinois on June 25, 1928 and left her body Thursday, May 1, 2014. Five of her children and eight of her grandchildren continue to live and love her in this world, while one son and her husband are greeting her beyond the veil. The following excerpts from Rose about her life:

“I grew up on a farm in a small town in Illinois. Almost half of the population, 100 people, were my cousins. I went to a one room school house until high school when we were bussed to Nashville. After graduation, I entered nursing school in St. Louis. During nursing school, I was set up on a blind date with a Concordia Seminary Student and that is how I met my husband, Carl Brumme. We were married two years later. We had our first of six children one year later in Iowa, during my husband’s vicarage. Even though we had little money, it was a wonderful time for us. My sister and her husband, also a Lutheran Minister, lived in the next town. In the winter we couldn’t afford to heat the whole house so we closed it off and put our bedroom in the living room. We were snowed in more than once. From Iowa, we moved to Massena, New York and Carl started a Missionary Church. I no longer worked as a nurse as my focus was to be a support to my husband in my role as a minister’s wife and a parent to my new child. We had four more children there, Margo, Andy, Steve and Philip. My youngest, Becky, was born a few years later. ”

Rose was a woman of immense kindness, and tremendous intelligence, who loved her community at Faith Lutheran Church. Everyone who spent moments with her walked away with more confidence, and a gratefulness to be alive. She is deeply missed, and dearly loved.

A memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 19355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476, Friday, May 16, 2014, at 11 A.M. All are welcome. Afterwards, a continued celebration of her life will be held in her honor at 476 Moll Court, in Sonoma. Come celebrate her life with us.

Arrangements cared for under the direction of Duggan’s Mission Chapel, Mission Cremation Service. Direct inquiries to (707) 996-3655 or