Theresa M Brewer, 53, of Marmarth, ND, passed away on December 1st 2016 in her home. Funeral Services for Theresa will be on Saturday December 10th, 2016 at 11:00am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marmarth, ND. The service will be officiated by Fr. David Morman with burial to follow in the Riverside Cemetery in Marmarth. There will be a Rosary and Prayer Service held Friday, December 9th, 2016 at 7pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marmarth. There is open visitation at Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Home in Bowman, ND on Friday starting at 9:00am.
Theresa was born on May 25th, 1963 in Bowman, ND to Henry and Gertrude Bradac. She was the youngest of all her siblings and the baby of the family. She was raised and lived in Marmarth for the entire duration of her life. She attended Marmarth Public School and graduated from Baker High School in 1981. During high school, she worked at Mert’s Café as a waitress after school and helped out her father on the ranch when she could. As a young woman, Theresa was a free, lively spirit. After high school, she attended Dickinson State University majoring in Business. She excelled as a student, making the Dean’s List and graduating Summa Cum Laude of her class. She graduated from DSU in 1985, at the age of 22. She married Jon Brewer of Marmarth, ND on September, 6th of the same year, and shortly after attained her teaching certification, specializing in grades K-3.
After college, she worked various odd jobs before landing her first teaching job. In the meantime, Theresa gave birth to her oldest child, Kelsey (1991) and less than two years later, she brought her son Steven (1993) into the world; Kelsey and Steven became the world to Theresa. She obtained her first teaching job in Cohagen, MT in 1995. She was a grade school teacher in Cohagen for only one year before getting a full-time teaching job at Marmarth Public School in 1996. When Theresa wasn’t busy teaching, she was spending her time with her kids and focusing on her passion, Bradac Quarter Horses. In January 2003, her father, Henry, passed away. Theresa decided that she would take over and run the ranch just outside of Marmarth. She quit her teaching job in Marmarth after 7 years, and began running the ranch full-time a month later. Her passion shifted from quarter horses to cattle, although, she never quit loving her horses. Theresa was a keen, hard working business woman who dedicated her life to taking what her father Henry had built and growing it into what it is today, all the while, maintaining and providing for her family and loved ones.
Throughout her early life, Theresa spent her time focusing on her kids and keeping them busy in activities and projects. When she wasn’t at school teaching, she was driving her kids to and from activities such as 4-H and Tai Kwon Do. She was very involved in community functions and served on the Marmarth Community Club for many years. She dedicated a lot of her time to serving others and bettering the community in any way she could. Her generous nature was one of her shining attributes. She enjoyed cooking (mostly for other people) and was a wonderful chef. Those who received her snack plates and cheese balls around the holiday season would agree as well. She also enjoyed baking, which was one of her mother, Trudy’s talents. She liked taking photos of her ranch and loved ones, and enjoyed traveling with her family. Most of all, she was a loving mother, sister, daughter and friend. She may be gone too soon, but her spirit and memory will live on in this small community.
Theresa is survived by her two children, Kelsey Brewer, Eugene, OR and Steven Brewer Marmarth, ND; brothers Scott (Kerry) Bradac Marmarth, ND, and Larry Spethman Baker, MT; nephews Bryan Bradac Bend, OR, Raney (Tara) Spethman Baker, MT, Virgil Spethman (Baker, MT), Sean Lustig Gainsville, VA; niece Misty (Dave) Thomes, Great Falls, MT; great nephews Kenneth and Raney Spethman, Baker MT; and numerous cousins, friends and neighbors. Jon Brewer, Marmarth, ND and Mark Eagon, Rhame, ND were important men in Theresa’s life and will surely miss her presence. She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Gertrude Bradac; two brothers Brian Bradac (infant), and Kim Bradac; and sister Lana Spethman Lustig.