Delrosa C. (Crowley) Bruns,

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Delrosa C. (Crowley) Bruns, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 8, in La Crosse. 

She was born April 21, 1918, at home, in Steuben. In the early years, Delrosa taught at rural schools in Crawford and Lafayette Counties. She then worked for the Milwaukee Railroad as a depot agent and telegraph operator for 15 years. Delrosa also worked for the State of Wisconsin Department of Hygiene for two years, the City of Madison Public Health Department for ten years and then for the City of Madison Public Library for ten years. She also worked for the Dean’s Office at Madison Edgewood College. Delrosa volunteered at the Middleton Senior Center, the Wisconsin Calumet Railroad Dinner Train and the Wisconsin Southern Excursion Train. She was a member of the Middleton Historical Society and St. Bernards Catholic Church. 

Delrosa is survived by her daughters, Mary Kay Bruns of Danville, Ill., Margaret Anne (Daryl) Wood of La Crosse and Maureen (Bob) Palmer of Livonia, Mich.; grandchildren, Jonathan (Gillian Turner) McDunn, Daniel (Sabra Loney) McDunn, Christine (Ryan Berry) McDunn, Christopher (Susan) Wood, Jeffrey (Heather) Wood and Catherine Palmer; eleven great-grandchildren; and sisters, Eileen Hermsen and Kathleen Adkins. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Bruns; infant son, James Edward; brothers and sisters, Bernard Crowley, Bernice Fazel, Hazel Bussman, Eddie Crowley, James Crowley and Agnes Grimme. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Bernards Catholic Church, 7450 University Avenue, Middleton, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, with Father Brian Wilk presiding. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Middleton Senior Center, Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM), St. Bernards 5-0 Club, or to the Mineral Point Railroad Museum. Online condolences may be made at

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