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Obituary for Barbara E Bruening (Ernst)

Barbara E Bruening died Thursday December 5, 2019 at her home in Berkeley Heights, NJ. She was 93.
Barbara was born in Binghamton, NY on July 11, 1926, a daughter of the late Ruth (Holcomb) and Edward W. Ernst. living in Port Dickinson , NY and Endicott, NY before moving to Berkeley Heights in 1959.
She was a graduate of Syracuse University and worked as an Administrative Assistant for the New Providence School System for over 18 years before retiring in 1988.
She was an active member of Union Village United Methodist Church in Berkeley Heights, NJ for many years, was a member of the Berkeley Heights Senior Citizens, was a Troop Leader for the Girl Scouts, and loved to travel with her husband and family over the years.
She was pre-deceased by her husband Thomas G Bruening in 2010
Barbara is survived by a daughter, Katherine B Southerland and her husband Carl Warren Southerland, a son Craig T, Burning and his wife Shirley Stolarski, a sister, Marion Formechella, three Grandchildren: Sara, Justin and Scott, and two Great Grandchildren Elise and Claire
A Religious Service will be Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 at the Union Village United Methodist Church, Berkeley Heights, NJ, at 2:00 PM. Cremation was private and under the direction of the Valley Memorial Funeral Home 1012 Valley Rd., Gillette, NJ. For information and online condolences visit