Ann Elizabeth Bruere Mount Vernon, Ohio Obituary

Ann Elizabeth Bruere

<p>In the late afternoon of April 1, 2024, Ann Elizabeth Mandeville Bruere peacefully passed at The Laurels of Mount Vernon. Her first appearance was in Cleveland when she was born to Theodore S. Mandeville and Ruth Patterson Mandeville on May 28, 1932. Apparently the First of the Month seems to trend for dying in her immediate family. Her husband John Bruere passed October 1, 1996. Twenty years later her son John Mandeville Bruere died on August 1, 2016. Her brother, Judge Theodore S. Mandeville did not follow the rules and predeceased her on July 8, 2020.</p><p><br></p><p>She will be missed by her two daughters, Elizabeth (Betsy) Barber in North Carolina and Helen Taylor Bruere in Montana because there was no one better to talk politics with than Mom.</p><p><br></p><p>Her grandchildren who will carry on with Ann in their memories are Jeannette Rice McKenzie, Neil Bruere Rice, Andrew Mandeville Bruere along with Sarah Elizabeth Bruere and John Joseph Bruere. Jenny more than anyone takes after her grandmother in looks and personality.</p><p><br></p><p>Her great-granddaughters, Taylor Leigh McKenzie and Ariana Starr Bruere will also miss her many stories. Since they lived in the same town, Taylor was lucky enough to get to listen to some of her personal history which most great-grandchildren don’t get to hear from the third generation before them. Ann considered Stephen McKenzie as her great-grandson (whom she said had an inner shining light that always made her happy).</p><p><br></p><p>Ann attended Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in 1951-52. She and John were married on October 4, 1952, at Fairmount Presbyterian Church. It was officiated by her new father-in-law, Dr. John Bruere, minister of Calvary Presbyterian Church, which they soon attended.</p><p><br></p><p>After the births of her 3 children and working part-time at the Cleveland Heights Library, she worked for Medusa Cement for about 10 years, then Premier Industries for another 10 years. She gained knowledge on trusts and foundations at both places, so she easily transitioned to do trust tax accounting at Ameritrust Bank until she retired.</p><p><br></p><p>Hobbies and outside activities kept Ann busy before she worked full-time. She continued the tomato garden started by her mother and grew enough to share with neighbors. Her cherry tomatoes were particularly tasty. Ann volunteered as a Brownie Troop Leader, then a Girl Scout leader until her initial troop moved on to junior high school. She ensured the Scouts were exposed to different crafts, camping, and organization. Her proudest troop leader moment was when she and her co-leader sat by a fire while the girls completely set up camp and cooked dinner without any assistance from them. Self-sufficiency and self-reliance were instilled in Troop 934.</p><p><br></p><p>Another of Ann’s hobbies was genealogy, which is why so many family names and dates are here. She found that obituaries are a tremendous source of information; so we are ensuring future generations will get some help from us. Love of genealogy was passed on to her family along with her collection of papers and notebooks. (Thanks, Mom!)</p><p><br></p><p>Eventually Ann and John purchased land in Apple Valley in Howard, Ohio for their future retirement home. They camped in the Apple Valley campground while clearing the land, dreaming, and planning for their retirement home. She was using home architect software to plan for locating furniture, where outlets and lighting should be, and, importantly, kitchen functionality (which was a dream kitchen!) Ann also had a strong hand in design and function when they remodeled their home in Cleveland Heights. (We always thought she should have been a Mechanical Engineer, but that option was not suggested to girls in high school at the time.) Suddenly the city girl was in the country and loved it. More space for gardening, quilting, sewing, her dogs, cat, and her duck!</p><p><br></p><p>After John died in 1996, she became friends with her neighbor, Richard Conrad. They eventually had a Presbyterian church wedding and moved into Richard’s home. He was totally surprised when Ann said she wanted a job, then went out and got one that same day. He’d never met any woman as determined as Ann was to hold her own and be self-sufficient. Her need to learn also drove her. So that she would understand the inner workings of computers, she took a class and actually built her own computer.</p><p><br></p><p>When Richard died in 2020, luckily there was a small rental home down the street from her granddaughter Jenny and husband Wes McKenzie. Ann still had a small garden, but Wes was a godsend by helping her around the house as she grew older. Jenny bore the brunt of transitioning her into The Laurels after her aneurysm August 31, 2021. For which her mother and aunt will be forever grateful.</p><p><br></p><p>In keeping with Ann’s wishes, the family will observe a memorial service at a later date.</p><p><br></p><p>To send the family a condolence online visit:</p><p><br></p><p>The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ann Elizabeth Mandeville Bruere.</p><p><br></p>
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Betty Carpenter
April 4
I got to know Ann when she would visit weekly the Danville Public Library. We had many lengthy and fun discussions about almost every topic that was in the news. We had a lot in common. Our love of books, gardening, loss of spouse, the importance of family and of cours... Continue Reading
Jewell Ann Diehn
April 3
Sending my condolences to you, Betsy. Thanks to the information you sent me, I was aware of the connection to my family. Again, Betsy, sorry for your loss. Jewell Ann Diehn