GIBBON - Lydia Buerkle, 91, of Gibbon, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at the Buffalo Lake Health Care Center in Buffalo Lake.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Moltke Township, Sibley County with Pastor William Postel officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be 4 - 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in Gibbon and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Wednesday.
To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guestbook go to: www.mvfh.org.
Lydia is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sonia and Mark Grasom of Olivia; sons and daughters-in-law, Darwin and Susan Buerkle of Gibbon, JeRay and Susan Buerkle of Ramsey, Wendell and Myrna Buerkle of Gibbon; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; six step-great-great grandchildren; sisters, Esther Sell of Glencoe, Dorothy Kaatz of Buffalo Lake, Melva Petersen of Sleepy Eye; sisters-in-law, Ellen Husfeldt of Hutchinson, Myra Wills of Fairfax; many nieces; and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Delmer Buerkle on May 3, 1996; sisters, Edna Podratz, Malinda Sell, Ruth Olson; brother, Arthur Niebuhr; daughter-in-law, Lenora Buerkle; and a great granddaughter, Hope Marie Buerkle.
Lydia Emma Niebuhr was born on December 2, 1919 in Moltke Township, Sibley County to William and Sophie (Jahnke) Niebuhr. She was baptized on December 21, 1919 and confirmed on April 9, 1933. On January 24, 1941 she was united in marriage to Delmer Buerkle at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gibbon. Lydia was a homemaker until her children were grown. She had worked at Green Giant, Hands, Inc. in Winthrop, Fairfax Nursing Home in Fairfax, and as a bookkeeper for her husband's trucking business for twenty-two years. Lydia enjoyed baking for her family and friends and had been a volunteer for the American Red Cross. She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and the LWML at church.