"Better Together” Zion Dinner Auction
Saturday, October 23rd
11th Zion Lutheran Church and School Dinner Auction Saturday, October 23rd at Glenwoodie Golf Club, 19301 State Street, Glenwood, IL. Scrementi's Banquets will cater the event. Ticket sales began August 1st. Tickets are $50 each. Purchase a table of 10 tickets to sit with your friends! Purchase your tickets early to receive a free drink ticket. A Silent Auction is being planned and Kraft Auctions will again be leading our live auction! Ways you can help are: get a group of friends together to attend, donate items for the silent &/or live auction (forms are in the Zion Church narthex), and/or help on Oct. 23 w/set-up. You can call the church office, 708-946-2271, if you have any questions, want to purchase tickets, or would like to make a donation. (All friends of Zion are welcome to attend this Zion Lutheran Church & School fundraising event!)
Next Dinner Auction Committee Meeting is Tuesday, September 14th @ 5:30pm. (All are welcome to join!)
Vivian Judy (Leslie) Bramstaedt
February 24, 1938 – July 9, 2021
Vivian Judy (Leslie) Bramstaedt was born on February 24, 1938 to Roy and Viola (Schumacher) Leslie. Shortly thereafter, on June 17th, her Christian parents, joyfully following the command of Christ Jesus, had little Vivian Baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Steger, IL. In that most blessed of Sacraments, Vivian was adopted by God to be His dear daughter for all of time and throughout eternity. That seemingly simple act would serve to shape, guide, and direct Vivian for the rest of her life! Vivian would later personally and publicly acknowledge her Baptismal faith when she underwent the Rite of Confirmation on April 6, 1952, also held at Immanuel Lutheran in Steger. Her Confirmation Verse is Psalm 143:10.
God, in His grace, caused Vivian to meet Willis Bramstaedt. After a time of dating, they became married to one another before God and His people at Immanuel Lutheran on July 23, 1960. In the ensuing years, God added even more joy to their blessed, holy union with the gift of a son, Mitchell. They remained married until the Lord called Willis unto Himself on June 25, 2019.
Raised in an era where “hard work” was the norm for everyone, Vivian never let time go wasted. She retired from Illinois Bell after having worked there for 28 years. She also kept busy on her and Willis’ farm doing all manner of jobs. She tended a garden and in the last few years, even helped Willis to cut their lawn using their “his and her” lawn tractors! Also, following her retirement from Illinois Bell, for a number of years, Vivian volunteered at least one day each week in Zion’s Church Office, assisting with office and clerical duties.
On July of 1963, the Bramstaedt’s transferred their church membership into that of Zion Lutheran in Beecher. Vivian loved Zion and her fellow members and Zion would remain her “church home” for the rest of her life. Vivian was very faithful in her weekly worship with her brothers and sisters in the faith. She was an active Ladies Bible Class participant. She also was a member of the Dorcas Society and served on the Altar Guild for many years as well.
Vivian was called to her heavenly home on July 9, 2021. She is survived by her son, Mitch Bramstaedt, of Burbank, IL, and her brother, Wayne Leslie, of Minneapolis, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband, a brother, Eugene “Les” Leslie, a sister, Victoria Leslie, and her parents.
Vivian’s earthly remains will be laid to rest at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery of Beecher, IL. There they shall await the Day of the Resurrection of All Flesh, when the voice of Jesus will call forth Vivian to live with Him in body and soul forevermore.