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Bernice Lorraine Ruge services Friday, December 14

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On December 10, 2012 at the age of 89, Bernice Lorraine Ruge (Redar) lost her long, hard fought battle with Alzheimer’s.

She was born on May 14, 1923 to John and Barbara Reichert Redar, both of whom preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her husband Donald Ruge, Sr., on December 10, 2009.

She will be greatly missed by her four children Darlene (Ed) Jankowski of Valparaiso, Ind., Donald (Peter Carino) Ruge Jr. of Colorado Springs, Colo., Duane (Marie) Ruge of Moorpark, Calif., and Darryl (Richard Gmerek) Ruge, of Indianapolis, Ind., five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson on the way, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded by her brothers and their spouses, Emery and Helen Redar, Francis and Liz Redar and sister Betty and Fred Huettner.

She was a wonderful homemaker. For years her platters of assorted Christmas cookies were delivered all over Northwest Indiana, especially to every doctor’s office that had helped her husband. She sent cards on a daily basis to family and friends, never missing a birthday, anniversary, illness or baby, always with a handwritten note.

When Alzheimer’s began to affect her, she couldn’t bake or send her heart-felt cards anymore, which saddened her. For the last three years, she has been at Rittenhouse, Memory Care Unit.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Patrick Catholic Church, 640 North Calumet Rd., Chesterton, Ind., 46304 with Father James Meade officiating. Burial will take place at Graceland Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m., at the White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South 2nd St., Chesterton, Ind.

Memorials in Bernice’s name may be given to the Rittenhouse Memory Care Unit, 1300 Vale Park Rd., Valparaiso, IN, 46383.

For additional information, please contact White-Love Funeral Home at 219-926-1309.



Posted 12/12/2012