THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Ruth Bienie Brukardt, 94, formerly of Menominee, passed away at her home in Marinette with her four daughters by her side on Tuesday, March 5.
Born on Jan. 2, 1919 in Milwaukee to the late Emil and Brunhilde (Buehrer) Bienstadt, she graduated from West Division High School, Class of 1937. She then graduated from Milwaukee Passavant School of Nursing in 1940 where she met Herman Brukardt, an intern at Milwaukee County Hospital.
They corresponded throughout the war and during his absence she worked as an airline stewardess for Northwest Airlines, flying from Minneapolis to Seattle. They married on July 30, 1945 and upon his release from the Navy, they moved to Menominee Where he set up his medical practice. They celebrated 60 years of marriage before his death in 2006.
She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, the P.E.O. Sisterhood and the Dickens Club. She also served six years on the church council and six years on the Luther Home Board of Directors. She enjoyed traveling, entertaining, reading, golf, gardening, bowling and many crafts.
Surviving are four daughters, Judith Legat of Elgin, Ill., Kathy (David) Beach of Sherwood, Ore., Barbara (Stewart) Lundgren of Menominee and Janet (Duane) Dahmen of Aurora, Ill.; five grandchildren and a sister, Molly Ann Barr.
Along with her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Charlotte and Doris; two brothers, Harold and Robert and a son-in-law, Jim Legat.
Honoring her wishes, private services were held. Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home assisted the family. The family is requesting that any expressions of sympathy and kindness be directed towards a memorial fund in her name to: Unity Hospice, 2366 Oak Ridge Circle, De Pere, Wis. 54115, The Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. P.O. Box 547, Marinette, Wis. 54143 and Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2901-13th Street, Menominee, Mi. 49858.