Bernard J. Ruzga
Bernard J. Ruzga (Bernie, Bob), 86, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was born December 9, 1929 in Gary, IN to Anthony and Petronella (Adomaitis) Ruzga. Bernie was a member of St. Mary of Annunciation in Mundelein, the Waukegan Moose Club and MooseHeart volunteer, Junior Achievement, the CB Club, Senior Vista Health, Ambassador Club, Waukegan Moose Golden Antlers, and the Boy Scouts. He was extremely proud of helping 4 sons attain the rank of Eagle Scout. He also served in the US Air Force during the Korean War and worked on early space programs at Cape Canaveral, FL. Bernie completed his engineering degree at Purdue University and spent his career with packaging companies. Upon his retirement, he and Ann toured the western US, Canada, and Europe, and created photo albums for everyone to enjoy the adventures. Bernie kept his children and grandchildren in his heart and always advised them to “be good, be careful”. We wish to express our thanks to the Condell Hospital and staff, as well as Dr. Slivnick, Dr. Roden, and all the medical personnel for caring for Bernie. He is survived by his children Bob (Deb) Ruzga, Mike (Lisa) Ruzga, Richard (Linda) Ruzga, Tina (Bryan) Lightfoot, and Dennis Ruzga; his grandchildren Ashley (Garret) Wright, David (Michelle) Ruzga, Brad, Anna Kate, Marissa, Danielle, Kayleigh, and Melanie. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Ann earlier in the year, his son Tom Ruzga, and his brother Albert Ruzga. A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang’s Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. The funeral mass is scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2016 at 10:00 am at St. Mary of Annunciation 22333 W. Erhart Rd. Mundelein, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice in his name. For more information log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847) 223-8122.
On behalf of the Oakes/Johnson Families, we are very sorry to learn about Bernie’s passing. The Ruzga Family has been a part of our lives for 46 years; sharing in Boy Scouts and school activities, family gatherings and other wonderful memories.
We have all of you in our thoughts and send strength and support to each of you.
Dennis, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Thinking about you and hoping you find comfort in your memories. Rachel Konkle
Dennis & Sandy – My deepest sympathy for your tremendous loss. May the wonderful memories shared bring a sense of peace & comfort to you both.
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