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Karen E. Bruno

Karen E. Bruno

Karen Esther Bruno, nee Brugere, 75, of Belleville, IL was born on May 26, 1944 in New Athens, IL and passed away on Friday, December 13, 2019 surrounded by her family.

Karen was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and baking with her grandchildren. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville, IL. Karen’s faith was remarkable and she always put her life in God’s hands.

She was preceded in death by her parents – Cyril and Shirley, nee Kaiser, Brugere. Her first husband – Raymond A. Muench, who died on September 11, 1976 and by her second husband – Richard A. Bruno who died December 10, 2012. One brother – Wayne L. Brugere. One sister – Barbara Ann Brugere.

She is survived by her children Vicki Claro of Shiloh, IL; Douglas (Tammy) Muench of Paris, TN; Brenda Gallaher of Imperial, MO and Crystal (Mark) Mabra of Belleville, IL. Her 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Two special sisters – Ruth (Larry) Richardson of Marion, IL and Lois (Warren) Johnstone of Nashville, TN. One sister-in-law – Barbara Brugere of Star, MS. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hope Ranch at 6505 Schiermeier Road, Freeburg, IL 62243 or to Kellsie’s Hope at P.O. Box 331, Maryville, IL 62062

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may call at Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville, IL on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 10:00am to 11:00am.

Funeral: Memorial services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville, IL on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 11:00am with Rev. Brian Downs officiating. Following the memorial service a luncheon will be held at the church in the fellowship hall.

Interment: Private burial will be held at a later date in Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Pam Barger says:

    I’m going to miss Karen so much.
    Working for her was a pleasure, and I will miss her friendship.

  2. Benita says:

    Karen was a wonderful cousin to my sister, Rhea, and I. We looked up to her and especially enjoyed her sense of humor and loving ways. I am so inspired by her large, loving family and they are all in my prayers this holiday season. Karen’s strong faith and loving family carried her through her final days with us on earth. Now she is fully healed and reunited with all of our loved ones. God’s greatest blessings on all who mourn with me.

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