Services were held Jan. 4 for Marie Martha Catherine Brus, 100, of Manning, who died Dec. 31.
Visitation was Jan. 3 from 4-7 p.m. at Ohde Funeral Home in Manilla, and funeral services were held 2 p.m Saturday at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Manilla, Reverend Ross Fritz officiating.
Carlys Stribe provided organ accompaniment as the congregation sang, "Lift High the Cross," "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," "It Is Well With My Soul" and "Now Thank We All Our God."
Casket bearers were Marie’s grandchildren: Denis Graves, Dean Graves, David Graves, Dawn Lorenzen, Mike Lorenzen and Deb Birks.
Interment was at Manning Cemetery in Manning.
Marie Martha Catherine, daughter of Carsten Herman and Alfrieda M. (Schroeder) Jahn, was born Nov. 12, 1913, on a farm in Hayes Township, Crawford County, Iowa.
She attended country school at Hayes Township District Number Nine.
Marie was baptized at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manilla by Pastor Wendt and later confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning by Reverend Ansorge.
After completing her education, Marie worked as a hired girl in various homes in the area.
On February 16, 1935, she was united in marriage with Carl P. Brus of Manilla. Two daughters were born to this union.
They farmed northwest of Manilla for six years and then moved north of Aspinwall. Marie was a seamstress making most of the girl’s clothes as well as curtains and other household items.
She enjoyed baking, especially family birthday cakes. Each year she tended a large garden and canned the harvest.
She also raised chickens and helped with the farm work, milking cows, making hay and picking corn when she was younger.
Marie and Carl were members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Manilla, where Marie was a member of the Priscilla Guild.
Her husband died on September 18, 1995, and Marie moved from the farm into Manilla.
When she was no longer able to remain in her home, she became a resident of Manning Plaza Nursing Home in April 2011.
She died there on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at the age of 100 years, one month and 19 days.
Besides her husband, Marie was preceded in death by her parents; great grandson Jacob Graves; brother Louie (Alma and Alice) Jahn; sister Marena (Clinton) Rowe; in-laws Henry (Margaret) Brus, John Brus, Edward Brus and Hugo (Elvera) Brus; Edna (Bill) Lohrmann and Ruby Jahn.
She is survived by her two daughters, Beverly Marie (Kenneth) Graves of Perry and Bonnie Lee (Alan) Lorenzen of Manilla; six grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren; two great great grandsons; brother Paul Jahn of Denison; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.