Veronica Brune was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 6, 1938, the daughter of William and Anne (Fritz) Brune. Veronica originally entered religious life on August 15, 1957 as member of the Servants of Mary in Omaha, Nebraska. Her reception as a novice was held on August 8, 1958; she received her first vows on August 16, 1959 and final vows on August 15, 1964. She was a member of St. Gertrude in St. Clair Shores, Michigan at the time of her transfer from OSM into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on April 8, 1983. Sister Veronica graduated from Duchesne University in Omaha, Nebraska in 1967 with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Education. She furthered her education and in 1983 received a Master’s of Religious Education from SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary. As a member of Servants of Mary, Sister Veronica taught middle school in several schools in Omaha, Nebraska. She began her teaching ministry at Immaculate Conception in Sioux City as well as St. Pius X and Holy Name in Omaha. Sister Veronica then came to Michigan and from 1972-1980 she taught eighth grade at St. Juliana in Detroit, Michigan and religious education at St. Ronald in Fraser, Michigan where she was also the Religious Education Director. After becoming a Sister of St. Joseph, Sister Veronica continued her ministry as Religious Education Director at St. Ronald’s and St. John Vianney in Shelby Township, Michigan. For most of the 1990’s, Sister Veronica served as Pastoral Minister at St. Joseph Hospice (now known as Cottage Hospice). Sister Veronica’s ministry then took her to Wasik Calcaterra Funeral Home as Director of Aftercare, providing Grief Ministry and counseling. In 2006, Sister Veronica’s gift of grief ministry led her to Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care as Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator. During these years, Sister Veronica shared supportive friendship in ministry with Sister Janice Miller and many lay colleagues. Due to a diagnosis of cancer, Sister Veronica returned to Nazareth in July 2023. She spent her last days visiting with sisters she knew and connecting with close family members and friends. She enjoyed sharing stories from her days of teaching, grief ministry and counseling. Her caring heart and jovial spirit attracted many who call her “friend.” Sister Veronica will be remembered for her genuine love of life, playfulness and deep love of God whom she faithfully served. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Congregation of St. Joseph 2929 Nazareth Rd Kalamazoo MI 49048. May She Rest in Peace!
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