Frank J. Bruni

Frank J. Bruni, 85, of West Bend died on Thursday, June 24, 2010, at his home.

He was born on March 17, 1925, in Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada, to the late Pasquale and Rosina (nee Mirabelli) Bruni.

At the age of 16, Frank started working in the ship yards in Canada. He later enlisted in the Canadian Army, serving overseas. Following his discharge, he began to work for Chicago Northwestern Railroad, which is when he moved to the United States, settling in the West Bend area. A short time later, he entered a plumbing apprenticeship program. He worked for Ross Engineering, Zien Plumbing and various other shops.

On April 26, 1952, he was united in marriage to the love his life, Dolores M. Lestina in Chicago.

Frank was a loving husband, devoted father and proud grandpa. He often attended various events that his grandchildren participated in.

Following his retirement from Zien Plumbing in 1989, he remained active. He worked as a maintenance man for the former West Bend Hotel. Volunteering for the Full Shelf Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity and the Habitat Resale Shop also kept him busy.

He was a member of Plumbers Local 75 for more than 50 years and enjoyed their monthly retirement luncheons. He also was an active member and past president of the West Bend Lions Club. Their corn roasts and annual Easter egg hunt were a few of the activities Frank participated in. Because of his dedication to the club and their events, he received the Melvin Jones Fellow and was awarded the Birch-Sturm Fellowship.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores; seven children, Janet (Wayne) Sharbuno, Don (Kathy) and Dave, all of West Bend, Jim of Marinette, Elizabeth (Christopher) Rucinski of Rice Lake, Eileen (Artie) Kreis of Campbellsport and Robert (Patricia) of Madison; 20 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five sisters and two brothers, Theresa Bruni of St. Catherine, Ontario, Canada, Mary Sisco and Anna Ward, both of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, Bill (Fleurette) of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, Julie (Gene) Milani of Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada, and Emma (Allen) Toivonen and Peter (Maureen), both of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Rachel Best; a brother, Jim; and a sister, Assunta Sarlo.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 28, at 7 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend with the Rev. Mark Jansen officiating. Visitation wil be at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Monday. A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, July 5, at 11 a.m. at Holy Angels Cathoic Church with burial of the cremated remains to follow in Holy Angels Cemetery.

The family has requested memorials to the Wisconsin Lions Foundation.