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Henry & Mary (Kekar) Brunes, Indiana

Henry G Brunes (1836-1916) and Mary S (Kekar Brunes) (1844-1926) were married on 5 Sept 1861 in Marion County, Indiana. Henry and Mary had 14 children total.

The 2 November 1916 Zionsville Times obituary for Henry G Brunes reads:

"Henry G. Brunes was born in Germany, near the Kaiser Wilhelm castle. He United with the Lutheran church at the age of 16. He came to America as a nursemaid, on a boat, at age 18. He then sent money for his brother to come over, but his sister came instead. She lived in Indianapolis and married a Goldberg. When Henry was 18 he renewed his covenant with the Lutheran church.

He met and married Miss Mary S. Keekar in 1861. In 1871 they moved from the city to a farm on the Michigan Road, north of Indianapolis. After a few years they moved their homestead to Trader's Point, where they lived out most of their lives. When this was sold in 1916 they moved to a new home closer to Trader's Point. (After Henry's death their son Henry J. moved to live with his mother. Henry, Jr. continued to live in that house until his death.)

Mr. Brunes was a hard working and very industrious man, possessing a business ability above the average. He lived a simple and frugal life, dearly loved his wife and children and his home. He respected and loved his neighbors and friends.

What higher tribute can be paid to him than that his neighbors and friends unite in saying, 'He was a good man." During his sickness he sang, then prayed a wonderful prayer asking God to forgive him if he had sinned. He said that he was ready to meet his father, mother, brothers and sisters in heaven.
To mourn his departure from this life, he leaves a loving wife, 11 children, 24 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and many friends. . . .

The funeral was held Saturday morning, October 21, 1916, in the Christian Church at Trader's Point . . . The burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery north of Trader's Point."
Their 14 children are (in order of birth):
Agnes S Brunes
1862 – 1931
William F Brunes
1863 – 1930
Henry J Brunes
1866 – 1955
Edward G Brunes
1869 – 1892
Minnie Mamie May Brunes
1871 – 1947
Dora E Brunes
1874 – 1893
Rosa Belle Brunes
1875 – 1967
George A Brunes
1877 – 1959
Chester Wilbur Brunes
1879 – 1948
Lillie M Brunes
1882 – 1952
Gertrude V Brunes
1883 – 1920
Clara Duey Brunes
1886 – 1960
Earl Brunes, infant
1887 – 1887
Earl Brunes
1888 – 1976

-posted by Justin Roland Brunes, 3 Sept 2012
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Henry & Mary (Kekar) Brunes, Indiana

Henry G Brunes

Mini-biography
Born: Mar 30, 1836
Died: 1916 (age 79)
Also in this photo: Henry G Brunes  ·  Mary S (Kekar) Brunes