OBITUARY

Alberta E. "Berdie" Rull

July 17, 1924March 20, 2021
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Springfield, IL-Alberta E. “Berdie” Rull, 96, passed away at 6:14 pm Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Villa Health Care East in Sherman, IL.

She was born in Prairietown, IL July 17, 1924 the daughter of John and Emma (Schultz) Gehner. She was baptized July 27, 1924 and confirmed into her faith, March 21, 1937 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Prairietown, IL. Berdie graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1942 and from Amber Beauty School in 1943. She married LaVerne V. “Bud” Rull December 30, 1945 at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Prairietown, IL. He preceded her in death August 15, 2007.

Her parents, two brothers; Immanuel and Waldemar Gehner, three sisters: Mildred Foster, Paula Metzger and Margaret Day, two son-in-laws; Gary W. Brandt and Larry Plumb, and a sister-in-law Wilma LaMasters also preceded her in death.

Early in her career, Berdie worked as a beautician, but after she and Bud began a family, she became a homemaker. She was an excellent cook and was well known for the “best pot roast anyone had ever tasted” and her signature green bean casserole. She was extremely well organized and despised “clutter”. Her home was always immaculate and welcoming to family and friends. Her family meant everything to her and she found great joy in visits and family gatherings.

Berdie was a lady of deep faith and commitment to her church. She was the oldest member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Springfield. Her fellowship and heart like a servant demeanor will be missed by many.

She is survived by her three daughters: Diana Kay (David) Lientz of Springfield, Donna Sue Plumb of Phoenix, AZ, Debra Lynn (Kerry) Clapper of Danville, IL, her son, Daniel John (Patricia) Rull of Danville, IL, eight grandchildren: Laura (Dimitri) Dominguez, Debra (Thomas) Clemence, Thomas (Rebecca) Brandt, Noah (Jennifer) Plumb, Jon-Michael (Amanda) Rull, Sarah (Joe) Grider, Kyle (Fiancée Mary Beth Ryan) Clapper and Colby (Fiancée Kelsey Thurman) Clapper. She has fifteen great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

Berdie’s family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the loving care to her provided by Villa Health Care East and Kindred Hospice.

Private family services will be held. Rev. James Stuenkel will officiate. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorials contributions in her name to Immanuel Lutheran Church 2750 E. Sangamon Ave. Springfield, IL 62702

Please visit the online ‘Life Remembered Story” at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family. Arrangements are in the care of Bisch and Son Funeral Home 217-544-5424

  • FAMILY

  • John Gehner, Father (deceased)
  • Emma (Schultz) Gehner, Mother (deceased)
  • Margaret Day, Sister (deceased)
  • Mildred Foster, Sister (deceased)
  • Paula Metzger, Sister (deceased)
  • Immanuel Gehner, Brother (deceased)
  • Waldemar Gehner, Brother (deceased)
  • LaVerne V. "Bud" Rull, Husband (deceased)
  • Diana Kay Lientz (David), Daughter
  • Donna Sue Plumb, Daughter
  • Debra Lynn Clapper (Kerry), Daughter
  • Daniel John Rull (Patricia), Son
  • Laura Dominguez (Dimitri), Granddaughter
  • Debra Clemence (Thomas), Granddaughter
  • Thomas Brandt (Rebecca), Grandson
  • Noah Plumb (Jennifer), Grandson
  • Jon-Michael Rull (Amanda), Grandson
  • Sarah Grider (Joe), Granddaughter
  • Kyle Clapper (Fiancee Mary Beth Ryan), Grandson
  • Colby Clapper (Fiancee Kelsey Thurman), Grandson
  • Wilma LaMasters, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Gary W. Brandt, Son-in-law (deceased)
  • Larry Plumb, Son-in-law (deceased)
  • She has 15 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Laura Dominguez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Debra Clemence, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Sarah Grider, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Amanda Rull, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Thomas Brandt, Active Pallbearer
  • Jon-Michael Rull, Active Pallbearer
  • Kyle Clapper, Active Pallbearer
  • Colby Clapper, Active Pallbearer
  • Thomas Clemence, Active Pallbearer
  • Joe Grider, Active Pallbearer
  • Jeff Clemence, Active Pallbearer
  • Brad Clemence, Active Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church

Services

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Carli and Bill Burton

March 26, 2021

Dear Diane and Dave,
We extend our sincerest sympathies on your loss. We also rejoice with you in her gain of Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the weeks ahead.
The memory I recall vividly is sitting in Berdie's kitchen as she unveiled the Valentine bag of goodies we delivered. Seeing her excitement over each item brought me as much joy as her, maybe even more. She was a very gracious lady! Blessings to you and your family.

Kelly Clemence

March 23, 2021

Grandma Berdie and Mason had a special bond. Mason doesn’t hug many people. He sure loved to give hugs to Grandma Berdie.

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Biography

Springfield, IL-Alberta E. “Berdie” Rull, 96, passed away at 6:14 pm Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Villa Health Care East in Sherman, IL.

She was born in Prairietown, IL July 17, 1924 the daughter of John and Emma (Schultz) Gehner. She was baptized July 27, 1924 and confirmed into her faith, March 21, 1937 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Prairietown, IL. Berdie graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1942 and from Amber Beauty School in 1943. She married LaVerne V. “Bud” Rull December 30, 1945 at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Prairietown, IL. He preceded her in death August 15, 2007.

Her parents, two brothers; Immanuel and Waldemar Gehner, three sisters: Mildred Foster, Paula Metzger and Margaret Day, two son-in-laws; Gary W. Brandt and Larry Plumb, and a sister-in-law Wilma LaMasters also preceded her in death.

Early in her career, Berdie worked as a beautician, but after she and Bud began a family, she became a homemaker. She was an excellent cook and was well known for the “best pot roast anyone had ever tasted” and her signature green bean casserole. She was extremely well organized and despised “clutter”. Her home was always immaculate and welcoming to family and friends. Her family meant everything to her and she found great joy in visits and family gatherings.

Berdie was a lady of deep faith and commitment to her church. She was the oldest member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Springfield. Her fellowship and heart like a servant demeanor will be missed by many.

She is survived by her three daughters: Diana Kay (David) Lientz of Springfield, Donna Sue Plumb of Phoenix, AZ, Debra Lynn (Kerry) Clapper of Danville, IL, her son, Daniel John (Patricia) Rull of Danville, IL, eight grandchildren: Laura (Dimitri) Dominguez, Debra (Thomas) Clemence, Thomas (Rebecca) Brandt, Noah (Jennifer) Plumb, Jon-Michael (Amanda) Rull, Sarah (Joe) Grider, Kyle (Fiancée Mary Beth Ryan) Clapper and Colby (Fiancée Kelsey Thurman) Clapper. She has fifteen great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

Berdie’s family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the loving care to her provided by Villa Health Care East and Kindred Hospice.

Private family services will be held. Rev. James Stuenkel will officiate. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorials contributions in her name to Immanuel Lutheran Church 2750 E. Sangamon Ave. Springfield, IL 62702

Please visit the online ‘Life Remembered Story” at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.
Arrangements are in the care of Bisch and Son Funeral Home 217-544-5424