ST. HELENA — James Gerald “Jimmy” Bruening, 48, St. Helena, died March 30, 2011, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D.
Visitation and a Vigil Service were April 1 at Holy Family (Immaculate Conception) Catholic Church, St. Helena, and continued one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
Mass of Christian Burial was April 2 at Holy Family (Immaculate Conception) Catholic Church, St. Helena, with Rev. Eric Olsen officiating, and burial was in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, St. Helena.
Pallbearers were Michael Bruening, Ken Bruening Jr., Nick Bruening, Mark Ewersmann, Paul Wintz, Keith Wintz, Steve Wintz, Kevin Wintz, Scott Bruening, Rich Bruening, Andy Miner and Joe Miner.
Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, was in charge of arrangements.
Jimmy was born Feb. 13, 1963, at Yankton, S.D., to Bernard and Geraldine (Maly) Bruening. He attended Capitol Progress School, Hartington, where he was taught by Beulah Noecker and also attended classes at Hartington Public School. He participated in the Nebraska Special Olympics while in school. Jimmy lived on the Bruening home place all of his life, where he helped on the family dairy farm. He also helped local farmers and neighbors and enjoyed the company of good friends.
He loved to fish, hunt and ride his four-wheeler, which he used to find out what was going on in the neighborhood.
Jimmy belonged to the Holy Family (Immaculate Conception) Catholic Church, St. Helena, where he was an usher and helped mow the cemetery.
Jimmy is survived by eight brothers and sisters and their spouses, Daryl and Lili Bruening, Missouri Valley, Iowa; Ken and Mary Bruening, Aurora, Colo.; Jan and Henry “Butch” Ewersmann, Little Rock, Ark.; Carla and Jim Wintz, Hartington; Tom and Pam Bruening, Norfolk; Lynn and Jude Hobza, Omaha; Joe and Juanita Bruening, St. Helena; Mary and Duane Miner, Seward; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Ron.