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Donald George Bruckner

1933 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Donald George Bruckner Obituary
Bruckner, Donald George

Deacon Donald G. Bruckner, LTC (Ret) USAF. Donald and his twin brother Ronald, were born June 12, 1933 to Lawrence and Mildred Bruckner in New York City. After attaining a degree in Electrical Engineering at Manhattan College. He entered the USAF where he became a pilot and later taught flying.

In July 1959 he married Elizabeth Buchheit and they were blessed with five children: Donald George Jr. married to Suzanne Wood, children Margaret, Joseph and Katherine; Stephen Michael (only lived one day); Geri Elizabeth married to Edwin J Kuster, children Shannon, Edwin, and Stephen; Thomas Joseph married Kathleen Aub; and Karen Maria.

Donald enjoyed learning and obtained multiple master's degrees and a PhD. After retiring from the USAF he worked at various companies specializing in the area of security.

In September 1972, Don was ordained a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. He was assigned to Aquinas Newman Center and subsequently to St. Joseph on the Rio Grande. He and his wife were very active in the marriage ministry. Later they became involved in the ministry of consolation.

Don was an Eagle Scout. He was involved with scouting for many years with both the Archdiocese & St. Joseph Parish.

Don was also an APD Chaplain and a chaplain at the airport. He was a great story teller and thoroughly enjoyed his ministry.

Don is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; their children, spouses and grandchildren; his twin brother, Father Ronald Bruckner; his younger brother Lawrence and his children James, Adam and Susan; and his youngest brother's child Donna.

He was predeceased by his youngest brother Michael.

The Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, February 11th at 10:30 AM at Saint Joseph on the Rio Grande, 5901 St. Joseph Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff, nurses, and aides of La Vida Llena's Health Care. Their excellent care over the past two and half years has been nothing short of remarkable. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either Casa Angelica or the Full Life Foundation at La Vida Llena.
Published in Albuquerque Journal from Feb. 10 to Feb. 14, 2016
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