Rita Brueggemann Kyle – Obituary

By  | February 1, 2018 | Filed under: Obituaries, Roselawn Funeral Home

Rita Brueggemann Kyle, 95, of Decatur, died Sunday, Jan. 28,  at River City Rehabilitation Center. The family will receive friends from 9-10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church in Decatur. Funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m., Father Ray Remke officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Roselawn Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Kyle was born July 6, 1922, in Belleville, Illinois, to Raymond F. Brueggemann and Louise Siekmann Brueggemann. She was a 1940 graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame in Belleville and a 1943 graduate of St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri. She also attended the University of Alabama and was a graduate of Athens College. Her 43 year career as a registered nurse included serving in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps during World War II, working at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Illinois and Decatur General Hospital, and serving as a nursing instructor at Calhoun Community College from 1965 until her retirement in 1986. She had been an active member of St. Ann/Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church since moving to Decatur in 1952.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Donald Ponsonby Kyle Sr.; and two siblings, Dorothy Theiss and Raymond Brueggemann Jr.

She is survived by five children, Rita Mary Kyle, of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Donald P. Kyle Jr. (Susan), of Decatur, Raymond F. Kyle (Deb), of Lilburn, Georgia, J. Timothy Kyle, of Decatur, and Dr. Daniel V. Kyle, of Homewood; two sisters, Sister Ruth Brueggemann, O.S.F. and Delrose Brueggemann, of Springfield, Illinois; six grandchildren, Marget van der Hart (Ivo), Raymond Kyle Jr. (Emily), Dr. Juliana Leedy (Kevin), Sarah Payne (Blake), John Kyle (Maja) and Donald P. Kyle III; and nine great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to all who provided such kind and devoted care over the past several years, including Nikki Watwood, Linda Matthews, Southern Care New Beacon Hospice and Angela Pitman, and the staff of River City Rehabilitation Center. A very special thank you to Shellie Jones and Amelia Lyle.

Memorials may be made in the form of donations to Southern Care New Beacon Hospice, the Decatur Morgan Hospital Volunteers, or the Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church Building Fund

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