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STERLING – Lucille T. Bruno passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Lutheran Village in Toledo, Ohio. 

Lucille was born March 8, 1918, in Spring Valley, to John and Constance Rupslauky, the youngest of five children.

She married James Bruno on June 15, 1940, in Spring Valley. They were married for 69 years.  

Lucille went to Hall High School in Spring Valley, where she graduated as salutatorian and was offered a college scholarship. Since it was during the Depression, she declined the scholarship and chose to get a job to help her family. Never losing her desire for learning, she went back to school in 1964, after her family was raised, to become a licensed practical nurse. Upon completion of her training, Lucille was employed at Community General Hospital for 14 years, from 1966 to 1980, on the obstetrics floor. She retired from Community General Hospital in 1980, and devoted her remaining years to friends, family, and religious activities. 

Jim and Lucille are the parents of three children, Janice (Bill) Kobbeman in Toledo, Dr. Jim (Dr. LaDeane) Bruno in Bullhead City, Ariz., and Teri Willman in Lake Mary, Fla. They have nine grandchildren, Kim Kobbeman, Kevin (Trish) Kobbeman, Jeff (Beth) Kobbeman, Dr. Amy Kobbeman (Dr. Sean) Kelly, Amanda Bruno, Stephanie Bruno, Scott Willman, Jennifer Willman, and Eddie Willman; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Lucille was actively involved in many organizations and activities at St. Mary Church in Sterling, generously volunteering many hours of her time. She also was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters for many years. Lucille and her husband, Jim, enjoyed many trips together, traveling to Italy, Morocco, Hawaii, Canary Islands, and on several cruises with friends. They enjoyed a cherished circle of friends. 

She was a caring and loving mother and grandmother, actively helping in any way that she could. She always was a presence, either physically or in thoughts and prayers, showing an interest in the lives of her children and grandchildren. She was known as our consult to God in time of need.

Lucille was preceded in death by her loving husband, James W. Bruno, on May 17, 2010.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 First Ave., Sterling, followed by the Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling, with Monsignor Gerald Kobbeman, celebrant, officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling would be appreciated.


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