Verena E. Bruening
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Verena E. Bruening, age 81 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the Providence Medical Center in Wayne, NE

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 6:30 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. Visitation will continue on Thursday at church one hour prior to services.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Chris Bruening, Scott Bruening, Eric Bruening, Joe Meier, Seth Meier, and Alec Bruening. Honorary pallbearers will be Verena's granddaughters Karen Bruening, Katie Marshall, Sarah Bierman, Rochelle Wolverton, Samantha Bruening, and Blaire Bruening.

Verena Elizabeth Bruening was born on a farm southwest of Wynot, NE on August 6, 1933 to William A. and Clara (Ahlers) Eskens. When she was about 7 years old her family moved to a farm by St. James. She was baptized at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wynot and went to school at St. James. She made her First Communion and was confirmed at Sts Philip and James Catholic Church. After she graduated from Wynot High School she worked in Sioux City, Iowa until her marriage to Ralph H. Bruening on June 2, 1954 in St. James, NE. Verena worked for many years as the secretary for Don Miller Land Company in Hartington. Ralph died on June 30, 2004 at the age of 71 years. Verena then began working for Dollar General until she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and its Guild, and also the Christian Mothers.

Verena is survived by her four children and spouses, Bill Bruening of Hartington, Lori and Rod Meier of Norfolk, Kevin and Tad Bruening of Norfolk, Darin and Kristie Bruening of Norfolk; 12 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; one brother William Eskens Jr. of Jefferson City, MO; one sister Rita and husband Marvin Wieseler of Wynot; brothers-in-law Paul Schurman of Randolph, and Jerry Meyer of Hartington; sister-in-law Marlene Eskens Starman of Coleridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ralph in 2004; sisters Alice Meyer and Mary Ann Schurman; brother Arnold Eskens; and sister-in-law Patricia Eskens.

Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.

Bill you have my sympathy's in the loss of your Mother. Thoughts and prayers go your way.

Sue (Wohlman) Heese

Bill, I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Teri (Foster) Orr

Thinking of our former neighbor in Hartington with fond memories--so sorry to hear of her passing. Our sympathies go with all the loved ones she left behind. Special hug to a favorite babysitter--Lori.

Norm and Jan Custer

Our condolences to the Bruening family from a cousin of Ralph. Verena was such a beautiful person inside and out. Our prayers are with you at this time.

Linda (Kluthe) Schindler

My sympathies to all for your loss. I enjoyed your parents and family during my years in Hartington.

David Levorson

Bill and family, we extend our sympathy and are in our thoughts and prayers.

Roger & Barb Sudbeck

Our Sympathy for all of Verena's Family. She was such a Beautiful Lady in all areas and a blessing to everyone she touched! She will be miss very much!

Annie Lewis

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