Early in the morning of June 4, 2016, in Huntsville, AL, Angie Brunemeier went from time into an eternity with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This was an event that she had anticipated for most of her life, and even more so since the death of her beloved husband, Byrd, 33 years previously.
Angie was born into a Dutch farming community in southeastern South Dakota in 1924. Her family lost almost everything as a result of drought and the Depression, and they relocated to California in 1937. After graduating from high school in Redlands, CA in 1942, she was employed by the US Army Quartermaster Corps and moved to the Los Angeles area. September, 1943, she was enrolled at Westmont College with a major in Christian Education.
A year later, a handsome young man, Byrd Brunemeier, also enrolled at Westmont College but he was only at Westmont for about 2 months when the US Navy requested his presence for Basic Training. Apparently 2 months was long enough for Angie and Byrd to meet and fall in love. Angie continued her training and graduated in June, 1948. Byrd also completed his enlistment and further training in electronics and radio communication, and he and Angie were married in April, 1949.
Both Byrd and Angie had a strong desire to spread God’s Word to the entire world, and in December, 1949, they arrived in the Philippine Is. as missionaries with the goal of using radio to spread the good news of Jesus Christ around the world.
Byrd and Angie had 2 children, Musette and Mark, in the early 1950’s and served as missionaries in the Philippines until June, 1976. During this time Angie was involved with the education of missionary kids for 20 years, and these were the happiest years of her life.
With the assignment of building a new, missionary radio station in the Mariana Is., Byrd and Angie relocated to the island of Saipan in July, 1976. Seven years later, July 1983, Byrd was killed while working on a radio transmitter. Angie relocated to Florida and served with New Tribes Mission from July, 1984 to June, 2003.
Angie moved to her daughter Musette’s home in Huntsville, AL, June, 2003 until her health began to deteriorate late in 2015. June 4, 2016, her faith became sight and her journey here ended.
Angie is survived by her daughter Musette (Huntsville, AL), her son Mark (Spokane, WA), her sister Nadine (Las Vegas, NV), 3 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.