Donald Joseph Bruening
March 29, 1930 – April 23, 2019
Donald Joseph Bruening passed away peacefully surrounded by his devoted family on April 23rd. Don was born on March 29th, 1930 to Charles and Marie (Howe)Bruening in Cleveland Ohio. He was a graduate from St. Ignatius High School, John Carroll University and received an Engineering Degree from Cleveland State University (formerly Fenn College). He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1953 and was a test pilot during the Korean War. Don and his beloved wife Helen Jane (Jones) recently celebrated their 65 Anniversary in January. In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his children Laura (Michael) Reilly, Susan Bruening (Don Congdon), Michael (Karen) Bruening and Gerald (Kandee) Bruening. Additionally, he is survived by his loving grandchildren Jay Matush, Kevin Reilly, Matthew Bruening and Laura Rose Bruening., along with his sister Lois Cawley and brother William Bruening. He was a 50-year resident of Madison Connecticut, and Saint Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church where he previously served on the church council during its 1970’s renovation. Don held several senior management positions at mechanical engineering firms specializing in the design and implementation of industrial conveyor belts and was a lifelong member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He also served on the board of Middlesex Hospital. He was an active coach and organizer in the Madison youth programs through the ’70s and ’80s for Football, Basketball and Little League Baseball. He was the Historian for the American Legion and marched annually at the Madison Memorial Day and 4th of July parades. He was a member of the Madison Newcomers and Encore clubs. Don was a passionate supporter of Daniel Hand High Football never missing a home or away game in over 30 years. Don was a loving husband and father and enjoyed 1940’s Big Band music, World War II movies, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The family would like to thank the caregivers from the Hearth of Tuxis Pond, Branford Hills Rehabilitation and Seasons Hospice of Connecticut. Calling hours are 1-4 PM on Sunday, April 28 at Swan Funeral Home in Madison. The funeral service will take place at Saint Margaret’s in Madison on Monday, April 29th at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Legion Post 79, PO box 504 43 Bradley Road Madison CT 06443.
- Visitation Sunday, April 28, 2019
- Funeral Mass Monday, April 29, 2019
Donald Joseph Bruening
Jim & Elaine Simkins
April 28, 2019
Thank you for for being a great neighbor. I enjoyed all the stories we shared and the time just shooting the breeze. I appreciated everything you did for me, my kids and my family. Finding a fellow Steelers fan when we moved in was a very nice surprise, just the tip of the iceberg of all that was to come.
Elaine, Chelsea, Hannah, Lee and I love you and Jane. You will be missed. RIP Don.
April 27, 2019
I was saddened by the news of Uncle Don's passing. May peace and healing be with my cousins, Laura, Sue, Mike and Jerry and my Aunt Jane. I wish you comfort as you gather to celebrate the life of Uncle Don.
Deborah Cort(nee Bruening), My husband, John Denson and my mother, Fran Bruening
April 27, 2019
My condolences for your loss. Don was a coach, supporter and community leader. His smiling face and ever-present encouragement throughout my youth helped mold me into the person I was to become. I understand how important it is (now as a father and member of my own community) for the active and enthusiastic support of young people in my town. Don lived that by example, and I was forever enriched by his presence in my life.
April 26, 2019
Mr. Bruening was a great father and friend to all of his kids friends. I re-call many a times when Jerry and I were wresting for Hand and there was Mr. Bruening in attendance, and his hospitality in bringing me home on occasion. I will always remember him attending all the matches, and all the DHHS football games, and track meets. My condolence to the entire family.