Adolph Fred Brueggemann of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in Washington, MO, on August 31, 2015, having reached the age of ninety-four years, nine months and twelve days. Adolph was born in St. Clair on November 19, 1920, son of Henry Herman Brueggemann and Seraphine Anna Brueggemann nee Faber, known to most as Sarah. On April 30, 1949, he was united in marriage at St. Clare Catholic Church, to Mary Alice Grus and nine children came to bless this union.
Adolph is survived by his children, Donald Brueggemann and wife, Mariane, of New Haven, MO, Bill Brueggemann and wife, Arlene, of Washington, MO, Carlyn Cikovic and husband, Charles, of St. Clair, MO, Marian Jasper and husband, John, of Union, MO, Elaine Heck and husband, David, of St. Clair, Mike Brueggemann and wife, Tamie, of St. Clair, John Brueggemann and wife, Jill, of Vichy, MO, Kenny Brueggemann of New Haven, MO, and Barb Bruns and husband, Walt, of Ste. Genevieve, MO; by twenty-six grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Adolph was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Sarah Brueggemann; by his wife, Mary Alice Brueggemann; by one grandson, Kurt Brueggemann, and by three sisters, Rosemary Eckstein, Clara Williams, and Billie Hanneken.
Adolph was a life long active member of St. Clare Catholic Church in St. Clair, MO. He joined the Knights of Columbus Council in Union, MO as a young man. He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus, Bishop Leo John Steck Council 4667 of St. Clair. He was also a Fourth Degree Knight and member of Assembly 574 of Washington, MO. Adolph worked as a self employed farmer and logger throughout his life. Over the years, he had raised cattle, sheep, hogs, chickens and geese. Adolph remained a major animal lover throughout his life. He produced many crops and baled all his own hay. His farm was efficient in butchering their meat, rendering lard, making apple butter and raising produce. He was a past board member of the Missouri Farmers Association. He enjoyed hunting and was proud to have killed the record deer for the state in the early 1950s. He was proud to be a life member of the National Rife Association. He was passionate about fishing and gigging. Adolph was an outgoing man with a keen sense of humor and loved to tease. Playing pinochle and going dancing were pastimes he and Mary Alice enjoyed together. He was still an active man and continued to cut his own firewood until about two years ago. Adolph was an avid reader continuing to read throughout his life and gaining the knowledge he wasn’t able to obtain in school. He was a great storyteller and had a great memory. Nothing made him happier than to be surrounded by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A devoted and loving father, father-in-law, grandfather, great and great-great-grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, September 02, 2015, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with rosary and Knights of Columbus service at 7:30 PM. Funeral mass was held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at the St. Clare Catholic Church with Father Bob Knight and Father Eric Kunz officiating. Interment was St. Clare Catholic Cemetery, St. Clair, MO. Masses or memorials to St. Clare Catholic School may be made in lieu of flowers.