Bertha (George) Bruening

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YORKSHIRE - Bertha (George) Bruening, 85, of Yorkshire died of natural causes on Feb. 9, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Betty Shappie in Versailles, Ohio.

She was born on Dec. 5, 1927, to Charles and Mary Kay (Chappie) George in Darke County. On April 19, 1947, she married Arthur Bruening at St. Louis Catholic Church in North Star, Ohio. Arthur died Nov. 5, 2008.

Bertha is survived by four children, Jim and Becky (Simon) Bruening, Penrose, N.C., Betty (Bruening) Shappie and Carl Owens, Versailles, Ohio, Joe and Mary (Mescher) Bruening and Bernadette (Bruening) Siekman, Delaware, Ohio; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and sister Frances (George) Monnin Holscher, Osgood, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sons Jake and John, siblings Luella George, Eleanor (George) Werling, Leona "Toots" (George) McEldowney, Ruth (George) Petitjean Thiebeau, Earl "Jim" George, Kenneth George, John George, Marion "Bud"George, Lee Edward George, Lester "Fat" George, Rose Mary (George) Kinninger, and Virginia "Jean" (George) Roll.

She was a member St. Louis Catholic Church and St. Anne's Sodality. As a mother, Bertha imparted humility and honesty in raising her family and continued to instill those core values in her nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her faith and positive attitude sustained her as her parents, husband, 12 siblings and two sonsJake and John, preceded her in death.

A dedicated farm wife, Bertha was always at Art's side driving tractors, working ground, baling hay, gathering eggs and milking cows. Her whistle could be heard for miles when she called the family for supper. She was also quite a sharpshooter, placing second in the Annie Oakley Shooting Contest at the age of 67.

She was a graduate of Versailles High School and was a life-long member of St. Louis Catholic Church and a member of the St. Anne's Sodality. In her spare time, she loved coloring with her kids and grandkids, planning annual Easter egg hunts on the family farm (she loved her chickens and eggs), baking angel food cakes, watching Reds' baseball, gardening, canning, and visiting with family, neighbors and friends. Her favorite hobby was woodworking in the garage with Art making hall trees, hobbyhorses, nativity cribs and rocking chairs. She was a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, neighbor and friend.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Louis Catholic Church, North Star, with Fr. David Zink officiating. Burial will follow in St. Louis Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home in St. Henry and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Louis Church. Contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice, North Star Fire Department or Versailles Life Squad. made to State of the Heart Hospice, North Star Fire Dept or Versailles Life Squad. Condolences may be left at

Published in The Daily Advocate on Feb. 10, 2013