Jerrilyn Mae Bratt

January 19, 1942December 31, 2020

Jerrilyn Mae Bratt passed away on December 31, 2020. She was born on January 19, 1942 in Parkers Prairie, MN, the daughter of Glen and Myrtle Hall. She was preceded in death by her parents and a younger brother, Warren, who was killed in Vietnam. On June 20, 1964 she married Robert Bratt.

Three important things in Jerri’s life were family, youth, and music. She was mother to two children, Chris and Amy, and a foster daughter, Micah. In addition, there were several children who resided with us for short periods of time. She ran a youth ministry program at St. Andrew Lutheran church including a trip to a Lutheran Youth Convocation at Purdue University. She took youth on a train from Flagstaff to the convocation in Lafayette, Indiana. She also ran an after school program at Trinity Lutheran church in the early 2000s. While not a specifically religious program, at the same time, every child learned to say a prayer before having their after school snack.

Jerri learned to play the piano early in life. There was a piano in the first family home and she got started and then she took piano lessons for several years. She played for some occasions such as weddings and also with a folk group that she led for several years.

A memorial service will be held later this year after COVID subsides. Memorial gifts may be sent to St. Andrew Lutheran Church 3101 W Cholla St Phoenix, AZ 85029


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Michaela (Micah) Diggs

January 23, 2021

My Dear Jerri. I’m still having a hard time accepting that you’re gone. Thank you for being a genuine light in my life. You gave me a second chance at life when you took me in as a teenager at a time when I thought all hope was gone. I’ll always cherish how you loved and cared for me like I was your own. You taught and showed me how to live and see the beauty in life. I will forever miss You, your gentle heart and your sweet personality. You will always be in my heart my sweet Jerri. Love you always and forever.

Joann Adrion

January 23, 2021

Jerri was such a wonderful, giving and thoughtful person. I helped her sometimes with the after school program at Trinity. She cared so much for every child in that program and did whatever she could to brighten their day. She is loved by many and will always be remembered by everyone.

Julia Richman

January 20, 2021

My Grandma has always been such a great source of happiness, joy and laughter in my life. She could make anybody laugh and had such a fun-loving and warm presence. I'll always remember going over to my grandparents' house to paint, bake cookies or make a ton of other crafts with her. She is and always has been very close to my heart, and I miss her so incredibly much.

Lyle Tolifson

January 15, 2021

Jerri was a wonderful person. She was always positive and loved to help others. She will be missed but not forgotten.