Dolores L. Bruni, 80
Dolores L. Bruni (nee Lestina), 80, of West Bend, died on Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the Samaritan Health Center.
She was born on July 28, 1930, in Chicago, to the late John R. and Charlotte M. (nee Stoginski) Lestina.
While growing up in Chicago, she attended local schools, graduating from St. Ritaís Academy. She then went on to business college and studied bookkeeping.
Following her marriage to Frank J. Bruni on April 26, 1952, in Chicago, the couple settled in West Bend. Dolores worked for different area businesses including the West Bend Co., 7-Up Bottling and retired from Schloemer Law Office where she worked as a tax preparer.
She was active and involved in many community organizations. The groups included the West Bend Homemakers Club; the Christian Womenís Confraternity at Holy Angels Church; Lucky Clover 4-H, where she served as a club leader and also served at the district level; she volunteered as a coordinator for the foreign exchange student program Experiment in International Living; and served as a poll ward chairperson for District 1 in the city of West Bend. She was a charter member and officer of the West Bend Lioness Club, receiving the Melvin Jones Award. She also was a charter member of the Kettle Moraine Symphony. Her musical talents were expressed thru her playing of the viola and accordion.
Even with her busy schedule, Dolores always had time to be a loving and devoted wife, a caring mother and a proud grandma. She supported her grandchildren at their many events and activities.
Survivors include seven children, Janet (Wayne) Sharbuno, Dave and Don (Kathy), 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; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers- and sisters in-law, Kay Lestina of Tinley Park, Ill., Mary Sisco and Ann 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 (Marueen), both of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada; a special cousin, Lee Baetz of Brick, N.J.; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Frank on June 24, 2010; a brother, John Lestina; and a granddaughter, Rachel Best.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 10 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church with burial following in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 25 from 5 p.m. until a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend.
The family has requested memorials to the Wisconsin Lionís Foundation, NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness) or the Kettle Moraine Symphony.
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