Beverly L. (Bruening) White, 1967
Volume 46, Number 2, Winter 2013 (1/11/13)
Beverly L. (Bruening) White, 1967
BEVERLY L. (BRUENING) WHITE, age 79, of Decorah, died Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at her home. Mass of Christian Burial was held September 24, 2012, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah with Rev. Phillip Gibbs officiating and burial in St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery in Decorah. Beverly Lee (Bruening) White was born October 22, 1932 in Floyd, Iowa, the daughter of Leo & Theresa (Baumler) Bruening. She graduated from Decorah High School in 1950 where she was a cheerleader. She married young and raised 5 children, then was able to return to school at Luther where she graduated in 1967 with a B.A. in elementary education. Bev impacted the lives of countless 4th grade students at East Side Elementary in Decorah for 29 years. Bev enjoyed writing her poetry, playing golf, bridge, all her dice and card games, and we always had to call her for the rules, as she knew every game. Her greatest joy was playing games with her adoring husband and her beloved children, daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends. Bev's children (her Fab 5) thought the world of their mom, and her family loved her so very much and treasured spending as much time with her as they could, whether boating on the Mississippi, traveling to Virginia Beach, going on cruises, playing golf against those Wisconsin gals, gambling ventures to Dubuque and Marquette, finding the Annual Golden Egg she hid and made up the rhyming clues at Easter, but the most cherished memories will always be playing all of her fun card and dice games where you played by the book to win!! On September 20, 1996 Bev married the love of her life, Don White, and there was not a more cherished husband. Those two lovebirds shared everything, splitting all meals, watching their favorite TV shows, traveling the world on their many cruises, going to the Elks to play Wheel of Fortune with Blair the bartender, having a drink at YOUR PLACE and playing euchre with Mary, Lorraine and Diane, bowling with her sister, Loma, and the gals, enjoying their Beach house on the river, going boating and both of them were longtime members of Oneota and Silvercrest Country Clubs where they enjoyed golf and socializing. Don and Bev were known fixtures in Decorah and fun followed them everywhere they went. Bev left this world on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 surrounded by her devoted husband and family who will grieve her forever, but are so grateful for the years they shared. She was preceded in death by her parents Leo and Theresa Bruening, and son-in-law Leroy Ott. Bev is survived by her husband, Don White; five children: Duanne Ott Thiel (John) of Dyersville, Iowa, Dr. David Ruen (Susan) of Mason City, Iowa, Karla Koenig (Kel) of Waunakee, Wis., Kevin Ruen of Branierd, Minn., and Lea Daniels (Douglas) of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandchildren: Michael Ott, Amanda Pins (Jared), Jessica Novotny (Dan), Cameron Ruen (Randi), Brandon Ruen, Aaron Ruen (Cynthia), Devon Ruen, Ellison Ruen, Kelly Koenig II (Abbey), Karin Koenig, Richard Ruen, Erica Ruen, Michael Ruen, Marshall Daniels; great-grandchildren: Quincy Ott, Ryan Ott, Avery Pins, Adalyn Pins, Juliana Pins, Faith Furst, AJ Ruen, Sophia Novotny; step-children: Steve White (Connie) of Decorah, Susie White of Lakeville, Minn., David White of Farmington, Minn., CHERI (WHITE) ZWART ‘89 (Bob) of Farmington, Minn., DJ White (Wendy) of Farmington, Minn.; step-grandchildren: Megan and Eric Svestka, Devin, Collin, Mitchell White, Kayla, Aaron and Christopher Pospisil, Jordan and Dava White, Madison Shurte and Drew Zwart, Breanna Pratt, Nicholas and Kylie White; step-great-grandchildren: Drake Pospisil; and her three siblings: Duane Bruening (Eileen), Lowell Bruening (Sonja), Loma Carlson (Fritz), all of Decorah. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Theresa Bruening, and son-in-law, Leroy Ott. In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to the W.M.C. Hospice in Decorah or the Mason City, Iowa, Mercy Cancer Care Center.