By Mary Lu Listermann
Enquirer staff writer
DELHI - Bernard "Bernie" E. Bruning loved to spend time tending his garden and that's where you usually could find him.
Mr. Bruning, 71, a retired service technician for Sears, died Wednesday at home.
"I recall a time when I was going to help Dad in the garden," his daughter, Janice Meyer said, "I was going to get rid of the weeds for him. I pulled all the green up and chopped it into bits so it would never grow again. I had completely destroyed Dad's broccoli. He didn't get angry. I will never forget that."
Family was very important to Mr. Bruning. His grandchildren brought smiles to his face. When they became fidgety at the dinner table and got up to leave, he doted on them saying, "Come back when you get hungry."
Mr. Bruning couldn't possibly eat all the abundant bushels his garden produced. He shared his bounty with family, friends and at Our Daily Bread, where he volunteered to cook, clean and repair appliances.
"He was always helping people," said his son, Rob Bruning. "If anyone's refrigerator or air conditioner broke, he would be right there to fix it."
During his working years, Mr. Bruning attended Mass in whatever location he found himself. When he retired, he attended Mass every day at Our Lady of Victory. As his illness progressed, he remained faithful by following the daily rosary prayers on Catholic cable television.
Mr. Bruning enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing cards and square dancing, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
One son, Steven Bruning, and one brother, Max Bruning, preceded him in death.
In addition to Rob Bruning and Janice Meyer, survivors include another son, Dan Bruning; a daughter, Kathleen Chambers; three sisters, Eleanor Becker, Irene Burkhart and Helen Burdsall; a companion, Carolyn Rhodes; and 16 grandchildren.
Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Monday at Radel Funeral Home, 650 Neeb Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Victory Church, 808 Neeb Road.
Memorials may be made to Our Daily Bread, 1730 Race Road, Cincinnati, OH 45210.
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