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Edwin Lee Bruggeman

September 15, 1935 August 7, 2015
Edwin Lee Bruggeman
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PEORIA Edwin Lee Bruggeman, 79, of Peoria died peacefully at 11:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home surrounded by his family.
Edwin was born on Sept. 15, 1935, in Peoria to the late Harry J. and Leta (Hay) Bruggeman. He married Judith Ann Snedden on Sept. 19, 1959. She survives.
He is also survived by his daughters, Bridget (Jay) Sandlow and Gretchen (Jim) Miller; grandchildren, Samantha, Jacquelyn and Rachel Sandlow and Margaret and Griffin Miller; many nieces and nephews; and his dog, Sugar, who will miss him very much.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James; sister, Janet Weisert; grandson, Christian Miller; in-laws, Russell and Madeleine Snedden; sister-in-law, Madeleine Tina Snedden; and nephew, Daniel Weisert.
Edwin was a graduate of St. Bernards Grade School, Woodruff High School and Bradley University. He was a veteran and worked at Caterpillar Tractor Company in engine sales for 43 years, retiring in 2002.
He was a life-long member of St. Bernard Catholic Church. He was also a member of St. Brendan Irish Society and a former member of the Knights of Columbus. He spent 35 years running Sno-flocked Christmas trees with his friends Bob Mousty and Kenny Jefford.
Edwin had an incredible sweet tooth and soul. His interests included numerology, gardening and the stock market. He was an excellent storyteller with a dry sense of humor. He never met a stranger and always had a kind word for anyone who crossed his path. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, teaching each of them to appreciate the stock market. As an avid Notre Dame fan, he loved rooting for Notre Dame football.
His family would like to thank all of his caregivers at OSF Medical Center, OSF Infusion Center, and especially the caregivers at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home for their compassionate care at the end of his life.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Father Donald Henderson will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, at Wright Salmon Mortuary, with recitation of the Rosary at 6:45 p.m. An additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the Mass. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church, Peoria Area Blind Peoples Center, or OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.
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