Born: January 12, 1925 - Deceased: April 9, 2021
Rita M. Bruss, nee Lehman, 96, of Swansea, IL, born Monday, January 12, 1925, in Belleville, IL, passed away Friday, April 9, 2021; at Mar-Ka Nursing Home in Mascoutah, IL.
Rita was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and recently a great-great-grandmother. She was a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury in Belleville, IL and she volunteered in the past at their Friday night bingo. She worked at K & B Mini Mart and sold Tupperware. She was a volunteer in out-patient surgery at Memorial Hospital in Belleville for 8 years and enjoyed dancing at the USO.
She was preceded in death by her:
- Husband, Kenneth Bruss
- Parents, Joseph and Ida, nee Benedick, Lehman
- Christina Lehr
- Dorothy Daubach
- Joseph Lehman
- Paul Lehman
- James Lehman
- Theodore Lehman
Surviving are her:
- Robert Bruss of Belleville, IL
- Carol (John) Byrne of Seguin, TX
- Bonnie (Scott) Hettenhausen of Belleville, IL
- Sister, Virginia Bollinger of Belleville, IL
- Sister-in-law, Marilyn Lehman of Swansea, IL
- Krysten (John) Bailey
- Monyca (Chris) Uecker
- Bruce (Sunny) Byrne
- Jeffrey Bruss
- Robby Bruss,
- Ashley Hettenhausen
- Nicole Hettenhausen
- Dustin (Lucia) Byrne
- Patrick Byrne
- Kelsey Byrne
- Luke Uecker
- Allison Uecker
- Will Uecker
- Ronan Byrne
- Maeve Byrne
- Great-Great-Grandson, Westyn Byrne-Haseloff
A special thanks to the care givers at Garden Place of Millstadt, IL and Mar-Ka Nursing Home of Mascoutah, IL.
Memorials: Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, St. Augustine of Canterbury in Belleville, or St. Matthew United Methodist Church.
Visitation: Visitation from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Friday, April 16, 2021, at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois. and from 9:30 – 10:00am, Saturday April 17th, 2021 at St. Augustine of Canterbury in Belleville.
Funeral: Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, April 17, 2021, at St. Augustine of Canterbury-Belleville, with Msgr. Bill McGhee officiating. Interment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.