Hastings resident Joan Margaret Bramble, 95, passed away peacefully Sunday, October
31, at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings, Nebraska.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 5, at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in
Hastings with Pastor Joel Remmers officiating. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery in
Hastings. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday with family present at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Mary Lanning Home Away From Home or First St. Paul’s
Lutheran Church. The service will be live-streamed on Livingston Butler Volland Funeral
Home’s website. To view the service you will need to go to Joan’s obituary and click the
play button shown towards the bottom of the page. Private condolences may be sent to
the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation
Center is serving the family.
Joan was born to Ivan A. and Signe M. Smith Wohlgemuth on the farm in Funk,
Nebraska. Joan attended rural school district District #53 west of Funk and then
graduated from Holdrege High School, with the class of 1943. She graduated from
Immanuel Hospital School of Nursing in Omaha in 1947 and worked as a surgical nurse
at the hospital in Holdrege. She moved to Hastings after her marriage to Russell A.
Bramble on June 27, 1948, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege. She began working at
Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital where she retired in 1989 after 41 years.
Joan was a member of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church and served as President of
Women of the ELCA, was a member of the quilter's guild and cherished the friendships
that she made with them and the many volunteers she spent time with at the church. Joan
was also a Stephens Minister and developed close relationships with those she served.
Joan was given an honorary state life membership in 1966 serving the Hawthorne PTA.
She was active in Girl Scouts and served as Camp Counselor at Camp Augustine. She
also served as secretary to the Hastings Hospital Authority No. 1 of Adams County,
Nebraska. She also volunteered at Mary Lanning Hospital Auxiliary, Pulmonology Clinic
and the Vital Signs Health Fair, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, and
the Royal Family Kids Camp. In 1996 Joan was awarded the Edward D. Wilken Trustee
Award from Mary Lanning Hospital recognizing her work in healthcare.
Joan is survived by her husband of 73 years, Russ; one son, Tom (Shawn); three
daughters, Teresa (Rich), Linda (Bill), Susan (Steve); Grandchildren and spouses,
Benjamin (Katie) Bramble, Clayton (Haley) Bramble, Anna (Garrett) Watkins,
Zachariah (Kristen) Bramble, Jason (Heather) Griess, Brandi (Mark) Nygard, Ghia Griess
and George Pepdjonvic, Tina (Ryan) Bunting, Daniel (Allie) Gohman, Sarah (Eric)
Blommer, Clark (Elise) Woodward, Dean Woodward, and Ellie (Dave) Donnelly; 32
Great-Grandchildren; and two Great-Great-Grandchildren; brother-in-law, Donald
Broman; sister-in-law, Pat Young; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Norma, Genevieve Broman, and
Lorraine Ott (Paul); brother, Warren; sisters-in-law, Ethel, Doris, and Nita Bramble;
brother-in-law, Dallas Bramble Sr; niece, Cindy Bramble Bergin; and nephews, Ivan
Broman and Warren Ott.