Marcella Bruning
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Marcella M. Bruning, age 91 of Wynot, Nebraska, passed away from this life on Monday, March 7, 2016 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family (Immaculate Conception) Catholic Church in St. Helena, Nebraska with the Rev. Eric Olsen officiating. Burial will be at the Sts. Philip & James Cemetery in St. James, NE. Visitation will be on Wednesday, at church in St. Helena, from 4-6:00 p.m. with a Vigil service at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Thursday, at church, one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Koliner, Jeff Bruning, Patrick Bruning, John Thomas, Kasey Koliner, Mike Lammers, Bryan Calder, Tim Puntney, and Steve Pampuch.

Honorary pallbearers will be Marcella's granddaughters and great grandchildren.

Marcella Mary (Hausman) Bruning , daughter of Fred and Anna (Steinhoff) Hausman was born on March 29, 1924 in St. Helena, Nebraska. Marcella attended elementary school and two years of high school in St. Helena. She married Ferdinand Bruning on April 13, 1948 and moved to the Bruning family farm outside of Wynot, NE where she lived until her passing. Marcella valued education and after receiving GED helped other women in obtaining their high school degrees. It was her dream to earn a college degree and achieved that goal when she received an Associates Honorary Degree in Business Education and Accounting from Penn Foster University after taking online courses, at the age of 91. Marcella was the manager of the school lunch program for West Catholic School for many years. In 1994 she was honored at the national convention of the ASFSA as the Nebraska State NAC of the Year. She was recognized by the Nebraska School Food Service Association, in 1995, for sponsoring two ASFSA Art Contest State Winners. After leaving West Catholic, Marcella spent the next 13 years as a home health care provider and in 2002 was named Provider of the Quarter by NE Nebraska Agency on Aging.

Marcella was active in the Catholic Daughters of America and served as Regent of Court Maria #2089 for 8 years. She was recognized for her participation and work as regent by The Nebraska State Court in 2005. She served on the Parish Council for her church and was active in the women's Altar Society for St. Philip and James Parish.

She had a zest for life and "adopted" many neighbor kids, friend's children and grandchildren and her children's friends who called her mom.

She is survived by her children: Linda Bruning, Minneapolis, MN, Bob (Sharleen) Bruning, Wynot, NE, Kay (Allen) Koliner , Yankton, SD and Pat (Bill) Thomas of Omaha, NE. 11 grandchildren: Amy (Steve Pampuch) Koliner, Laurie (Mike) Lammers, Kevin (Missy Dehring- Knight ) Koliner, Jeff (Mandy) Bruning, Patrick Bruning, Annie (Bryan) Calder, John (Maggie) Thomas, Kasey Koliner, Kim (Tim) Puntney, Jessie Thomas and Katie Thomas, 19 Great-Grand Children, many nieces and nephews and her feline companion, Trouble.

Marcella was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ferdinand Bruning, son Tim Bruning, two brothers Fred Hausman Jr. and Harold Hausman; three sisters Caroline Lange, Celeste Albrecht, and Cleopha Shove, and several nieces and nephews.


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I went to West Catholic in the early 80s and I remember the ladies in the kitchen made the best breakfasts and lunches of my entire education! And I remember Marcella. I never forgot her name. I loved how she made her pancakes - with that extra swirl. Since then, I've always made mine the same way.

Kara Goetz

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