Naomi Bruns

Naomi A. Bruns

Friday, January 25th, 1935 - Sunday, February 10th, 2019
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Naomi A. Bruns

Naomi A. Bruns, 84, of Chappell, NE passed away February 10, 2019 at Ogallala Community Hospital. Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 P.M. Thursday, Febrary 14th at United Methodist Church in Chappell.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 15th at The United Methodist Church in Chappell with PMA Brenda Tophoj officiating. Burial will follow in the Chappell Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Naomi’s name to Adopt-A-Dog Animal Rescue, Inc. 16730 US Hwy 30, Chappell, NE 69129 or Kowanda Church, c/o Wes Paulsen, 16711 Rd 40, Oshkosh, NE 69154. You may view Naomi’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Naomi’s care and funeral arrangements.
Naomi Bruns was born in Oshkosh on January 25th, 1935. She went to school in Garden County and later in Chappell, where she graduated. She married Gary Lee Bruns on February 25, 1953. They lived in El Paso TX where Gary was stationed in the Army and where their first two children were born. In 1956, they moved back to Chappell to work on the family farm where they raised five children.
Naomi worked selflessly as a mother and farm wife and spent countless hours preparing meals for family, friends, hired men, strangers and the many who called her Mom. Some of her signature dishes were goulash, hamburger soup and the best gingersnap cookies ever made. Naomi had a green thumb and became a Master Gardener later in life. She was active in Garden Club and served as a judge at the Deuel County and Cheyenne County Fairs for several years.
Naomi’s zest for life led her on many worldly adventures including Brazil, Ireland, Panama, Jamaica, and Mexico where she would make lifelong friends and come back with outrageous stories and usually a new purse. Her fun-loving spirit connected her with all generations, and she enjoyed talking to anyone willing to listen. She embraced change, experiencing the full spectrum of life from being born in a sod house to mastering modern technology as a tech savvy grandma. Life was a celebration for Naomi – she found the beauty in everyday and was truly grateful for her farm home oasis surrounded by her well-tended gardens and fruit trees. She cherished evenings on the veranda watching the sunset, moon and stars with her soulmate Carroll.
As a pioneer of the community, she will be missed by many and will be remembered for her friendliness, her kind heart and jovial spirit.
Naomi is preceded in death by her father James File, mother Lillian Knerr, step-father Lowell Knerr, brothers Larry, Kenny and Everett Knerr, husband Gary Bruns, grandson Benjamyn Bruns and best friend Veronica Derry.
Naomi is survived by her children: Carol Carter, Allan Bruns, Bob Bruns, Barbara (Mark) Kepler and Nancy Bruns, grandchildren Adam Carter, Laura Lavaley, Aaron Carter, Jen Rosado, Erica Korpi, Garrett Greene Bruns, Jason Kepler, Travis Kepler, Jillian Kepler, Josh Baers, Megan Baers Schalch and Alex Dunlop, great grandchildren: Keira and Ashton Carter, Hayden and Branson Lavaley, Lexie Bruns, Elaina Kepler, Lucy Diaz-Baers, and companion Carroll Gerber.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 14th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, February 14th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Chappell United Methodist Church
    346 Babcock Ave.
    CHAPPELL, NE 69129
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, February 15th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, February 15th, 2019 11:00am
    Chappell United Methodist Church
    346 Babcock Ave.
    CHAPPELL, NE 69129
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    PMA Brenda Tophoj
  • Interment

    Chappell Cemetery
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Keith Sommerfeld

Posted at 02:22pm
Seeing Naomi's obituary in the Julesburg Advocate brought back fond memories of the many summers I worked on the Bruns Family Farm. Especially were the lunches and dinners Naomi cooked for the harvest crew. We would all sit down in the wheat fields and enjoy her fabulous meals. Sorry for your loss.

Keith Sommerfeld
Greeley, Colorado

Paulette Seaworth

Posted at 07:53pm
I’m so sorry for loss. Your memories will warm your heart st this time and allow you to smile at this sad time. Paulette Seaworth

Loretta Johnson

Posted at 09:23am
We are so sorry to hear of Naomi's passing. She was a sweet and adventurous lady. Loved to hear her stories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Barry and Loretta Johnson

Marilyn Howerter

Posted at 01:45am
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the family. I enjoyed Naomi's friendship through the years. She was a very caring lady and always had a story to share. She will be missed.

Kim and Kent Peterson

Posted at 04:38pm
We are so sorry for your loss. Naomi was a wonderful person. Our sincere condolences. .
Kim Clark Peterson and Kent Peterson

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