Bernadette Buss

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Bernadette C. Buss, nee Behrmann, 96, of Belleville, IL, born January 17, 1921, in Lively Grove, IL, died Monday, July 10, 2017, in Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Buss was a member of the Retired Teamsters. Bernadette was a driver for the Shrine of Our Lady of Snows Apartment Community for 12 years.  She was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church where she was an active member of the Sodality/Mother’s Club and Pinochle group.  Bernadette loved playing cards, family gatherings, and bowling.

Bernadette was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence J. Buss of 46 years, whom she married on April 23, 1941, and who died on February 15, 1988; two sons in infancy, Bernard and John Buss; her parents, Bernard and Agnes, nee Wroebel, Behrmann; four sisters, Frances (Aloys) Bergkoetter, Angela (Ben) Waller, Loretta (Leo) Schoenherr, and Marcella (James) Kehoe; and a brother, Victor Behrmann.

Surviving are three daughters, Patricia A. (David) Oelrich of Millstadt, IL,
Mary Kay “Mickey” (Kenneth) Meddows of Swansea, IL,
and Karen L. Buss of Belleville, IL;
three sons, James B. (Lynn) Buss of Mulberry Grove, IL,
Kenneth L. (Joanne) Buss of Rockford, IL,
and Ronald V. (Mary) Buss of Belleville, IL;
16 grandchildren, Carol (Jim) Welch, Jeffery Buss,
Kevin (Jennifer) Buss, Laura (Nick) Rommack,
Margaret (Tony) L’Hote, Brian (Leanna) Oelrich,
Lori Oelrich, William (Laura) Buss, Sarah (Andy) McFarlane,
Robert (Kristine) Buss, James Buss, Christina (Robert)
Meddows-Jackson, Melissa (Jeff) Kettler,
Michael (Kitty) Meddows, Brianna and Derek Buss;
17 great-grandchildren;
and two sisters-in-law, Rose Behrmann and Eleanor Buss.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School or to the Poor Clare Monastery.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, July 14, 2017, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 14, 2017, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Matthew Elie officiating.

Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Fairview Heights, IL.

Condolences Left For Bernadette C. Buss

Dear Pat and David,

Fred and I send you our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May She Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.

Judi and Fred Powell, Temple Terrace, Florida, 33617

Ken and Family: We offer sympathies for your loss but celebrate the wonderful legacy she leaves behind. God bless as you celebrate her life.

John & Margie Alexander, Danville, Illinois, 61832

Ken and family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy in regard to your mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Wray and Sue

Wray & Sue Howard, Rockford, Illinois, 61107

So very sorry to hear of Aunt Bernadette’s passing.

Frieda Spath, Cottleville, Missouri, 63376

Ron, Mary & Family,
Sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. May God be with all of you at this time and the days to follow. You are all in our prayers.

Joe & Kathleen Davis, Linwood, Kansas, 66052

Jim & Ken & family! So sorry for your loss. Love meeting your Mom & visiting her at Jim’s house. She was a funny & spunky lady.

Larry & Sherri Stewart, Edwardsville, IL, 62025

So sorry to read of your mother passing.
I only met her once, but enjoyed seeing her smiling in all your family photos.
Will be keeping your family in our prayers for strength in this difficult time.

Becky and Jim Hagan, Barnhart, Missouri, 63012

My deepest sympathy to the family. May you find comfort in God’s word the Bible at Revelation 21:3,4.

L Gray, , ,

My prayers are with the Bus family in their loss. God bless you all.

Ron Oelrich, York, PA, 17404

We were very sorry to hear of Aunt Bernadette’s death. I have fond memories of all the sisters playing pinochle at all the family gatherings. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Bill and Mary Beth Whitehead, Arlington, VA, 22209

Mary Kay “Mickey”, Ken and family,
My deepest sympathy on he loss of your mother Mickey. May she rest in Gods loving arms.

Derek McIntyre, Belleville, IL, 62221


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