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Loda Mae Bruning

May 3, 1933 January 14, 2022
Loda Mae Bruning
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Obituary for Loda Mae Bruning

Loda Mae Bruning, 88, of Pecatonica, passed away Friday, January 14, 2022, at Alden Debes Rehabilitation and Health Care in Rockford. She was born May 3, 1933, in Freeport, the daughter of Gerhard Herman and Pearl Mae (Janssen) Manus. She graduated from Pleasant Prairie Academy in German Valley in 1951.

Loda married Leslie “Les” Carl Bruning on November 16, 1951, at Silver Creek Reformed Church in German Valley. They farmed together in rural Pecatonica for six years and then returned to the family farm as its fourth generation farming family. Loda was the Ridott Township bookkeeper when Les served as the township supervisor. She was a 4-H leader and Girl Scout town chairwoman while her children were growing up. Loda was an active member of Silver Creek Reformed Church, having taught Sunday school for many years and a member of Women’s guild. She also was a member of the German Valley Historical Society. Loda enjoyed working on genealogy and collecting Precious Moments figurines and dearly loved attending her grandchildren’s activities.

Loda is lovingly survived by her son, Lyle (Lezlie) Bruning of Coal Valley; daughters, Linda (Dale) Van Haften of Hamburg, MN, Lisa (Gary) Bronkema of Forreston; grandchildren, Jennifer Van Haften, David (Sandra) Van Haften, Julie Van Haften, Ricky Van Haften, James Van Haften, Anthony Van Haften, Corrina (Harley) Jones, Ashley Van Haften, Jacob Van Haften, Eric (Allissa) Bruning, Kurtis (Kara) Bruning, Cory (Hilary Springman) Bruning, Eden (Alex) Henigan, Tanner (Kelsey) Bronkema, Brady Bronkema, Whitnie (Brian) Van Utrecht, Brendon (Jacquel) Rush; twenty great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Hazel Peters, Mary Manus; brother-in-law, Ronald Wiese; numerous nephews and nieces.

Loda is predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Les Bruning; grandson, Devin Bronkema; brother, George Manus.

Funeral service 12:00 p.m., with a visitation starting at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 24, 2022, at Silver Creek Reformed Church, 326 S. Bunker Hill Rd., German Valley with Reverend Nora Johnson officiating. Interment at Silver Creek Cemetery in German Valley. In lieu of flowers memorials will be established for the Silver Creek Reformed Church and the German Valley Historical Society.

Arrangements by Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago. For an online obituary and tributes go to www.genandtfuneralhome.com.

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Visitation

Monday

24

Jan

10:00 AM 1/24/2022 10:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 1/24/2022 12:00:00 PM
Silver Creek Reformed Church

326 S. Bunker Hill Rd.
German Valley, IL 61039

Silver Creek Reformed Church
326 S. Bunker Hill Rd. German Valley 61039 IL
United States

Funeral Service

Monday

24

Jan

12:00 PM 1/24/2022 12:00:00 PM
Silver Creek Reformed Church

326 S. Bunker Hill Rd.
German Valley, IL 61039

Silver Creek Reformed Church
326 S. Bunker Hill Rd. German Valley 61039 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Silver Creek Cemetery Final Resting Place

Bunker Hill Rd.
German Valley, IL 61039

Bunker Hill Rd. German Valley 61039 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

German Valley Historical Society

Silver Creek Reformed Church in German Valley

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