Steven D. Brua, 60

Published 10:39 am Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Steven D. Brua, 60, of Albert Lea passed away peacefully at his home on April 6, 2014.



He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Theresa and his son Mitch (2003).

Steve was born to Howard & Theresa (Cunningham) Brua on Aug. 18, 1953, in Albert Lea, Minn. He attended St. Theodore’s Catholic grade school and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1972. He remained a lifetime resident of Albert Lea, working at Brua Auto Parts, Wilson & Co, & Albert Lea Freezer. On Feb. 2, 1974, he was united in marriage to his lifelong love Roxanne Brenke at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albert Lea.

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Steve & Roxanne made a home in Albert Lea raising their two sons, Travis and Mitch. He was always helping his late parents care for their properties and the “junk yard.” He adored his grandson, “Z,” and shared many packages of Oreos with him. Steve was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting pheasants in S.D., coyotes in N.D., hogs in Oklahoma, turkey, and deer. He was a proud member of the CVCC & Owatonna Gun Club, earning awards in trap shooting and always striving to be better than his rival hunting buddies. He had many adventures with his loyal companions Jake, Abby, and Randy. When he wasn’t hunting, you could find him riding his Harley around town visiting friends and family. Steve was known by his friends and family for his big laugh, smart mouth, and helping hands. After losing a 14-month battle with cancer, his final request was for his body to be donated to the Mayo Anatomical Department for medical research.

Steve is survived by his wife Roxanne; his son Travis; his grandson Zaden; sisters-in-law Eunice Bolinger, Debra Chodur (Gary), Darla Nelson (Graden), Connie Talamantes; brothers-in-law Steven Brenke (Rosie), Darrell Brenke; nephews & nieces Danielle Bure (Damian), Justin Bolinger, Cody Bolinger, Sara Chodur, Nathan Chodur, David Villerreall, Anthony Villerreall, Colt Nelson, Blake Talamantes, Adison Talamantes, Amber Rose Brenke, Darrell Jr. Brenke; great nephews & nieces Desmond, Ryleigh, Laynie, Gavin, Korah, Savanna, Elijah, Selena, Angelo, Karmine; special family Josh Miller, Brynn, Jaegar, & godson Cashus.

The family will greet friends from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at St. Theodore Catholic Church and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. A prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday. A Memorial Service will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at St. Theodore Catholic Church with Deacon Mike Ellis, Celebrant.

In Steve’s honor, the family requests you wear camouflage to the service. Gun club members please wear trap shooting vests.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.