Mrs. Bruss worked as a cook at High Mount School in Swansea for more than 23 years. She was a member of Belleville-Swansea Women of the Moose. Rita loved playing cards, bingo, and going to casinos.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Christian and Amanda, nee Meyersick, Monroe; and a brother, Carl (Rita) Monroe.
Surviving are her husband of nearly 67 years, Orville G. Bruss, whom she married on June 11, 1949;
three sons and two daughters, Gary Bruss of Highland, IL,
Michael (Juanita) Bruss of Swansea, IL,
Thomas (Jan) Bruss of New Athens, IL,
Barbara Bruss of Swansea, IL
and Laura (Al) Davis of Swansea, IL;
many grandchildren and great-grandchildren;
a sister, Mary Ann Scott of Belleville, IL;
a brother, Paul (Sandy) Monroe of Belleville, IL;
and nieces and nephews .
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. A Women of the Moose ritual will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Funeral: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2016, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Cari Frus officiating.
Burial will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.
Barb, Mike and Family
So sorry for your loss.
Joy Huber Hess, Belleville, Illinois, 62221-4227
So sorry to hear of your loss Barb; I know all the maintainers you’ve supported over the past 25 years share my condolences to you and yours. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Colonel Jim Howe, USAF, retired, Scott AFB, Illinois, 62225
So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was such a cheerful person – always nice to be around. My sympathy to you,Barb, and your family.
Linda Johannsen Darr, Belleville, IL, 62223
Mike, Barb, Brian, Kim and family
So sorry to hear of your loss. May the happy memories you have of your mom/grandmother help you through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Marcia Andres, Belleville, Illinois, 62226