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.