Monica Sue Bauman was born June 15, 1957, at Mitchell, S.D., the daughter of Harvey and Marlyss (Sheely) Bauman. Monica attended elementary schools in Ringsted and Sheldon, Iowa. She graduated from Sheldon High School with the Class of 1975. During her high school years, Monica worked as a nursing assistant at the Sheldon Hospital and Nursing Home. She later moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., and attended a vocational school were she received her certified nursing assistant credentials.
Monica was united in marriage to Rick Brynjulson May 29, 1982, at Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. While living in Sioux Falls, Monica worked as a CNA for Sioux Valley Hospital (now Sanford USD Medical Center) for 16 years and also Lutheran Manor Nursing Home for 10 years. She also provided day care in her home for several years.
For the past 10 years Monica worked for Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars as a CNA and assisted with other clerical duties as needed. Caring for people was a very important part of Monica's life; at her death she was caring for others at work.
Monica and Richard were members of Christ The King Catholic Church while living in Sioux Falls and for the past 11 years have been members of St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars.
Monica enjoyed cross-stitching, reading, collecting tea-pots and her extensive penguin collection. Her grandson Cooper was her latest and best hobby.
Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Richard Brynjulson of Le Mars; two children, Zachary Brynjulson and Jannie Sitzmann and their son Cooper Scott Brynjulson of Le Mars, and Kyle Brynjulson of Gainesville, Fla.; her parents, Harvey and Marlyss (Sheely) Bauman of Sheldon; five siblings: Melissa and Dan Cook and their daughter Chantell of Boise, Idaho, Eric and Sherri Bauman and their children Ben, Mike, Jack, and Sophie of Le Mars, Marcia Feldman and her children Daniel, Joshua, and Steven of Sheldon, Brad and Renee Bauman and their daughter Rebecca of Florahome, Fla., and Aaron Bauman and his children Jacob and Jerilyn; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Harlan and Dorothy Brynjulson of Canton, S.D.; two brothers-in-law, Glenn and Jennifer Brynjulson and their daughter Kerri of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Dave and Linda Brynjulson and their children Eric, Tony, Kayla, and Dillon of Hartford, S.D.
She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Joshua Ian Bauman; grandparents, Ben and Edith Bauman and Austin and Agnes Sheely; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Bauman.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Matt Hewitt officiating. Visitations will be after 4 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends after 5 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday at the church from 1 p.m. until service time.
Casketbearers will be Eric Brynjulson, Ben Bauman, Mike Bauman, Daniel Feldman, Joshua Feldman, Steven Feldman, and Jacob Browning. Honorary casket bearers will be Tony Brynjulson and Dillon Brynjulson.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Memorial can be directed to the Siouxland Humane Society, 1015 Tri-View Ave., Sioux City, IA 51103.