Ruth "Bienie" Brukardt, 94, formerly of Menominee, Mich., passed away at her home in Marinette with her four daughters by her side on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. She was born on January 2, 1919, in Milwaukee, Wis. to the late Emil and Brunhilde (Buehrer) Bienstadt.
Bienie graduated from West Division High School, class of 1937, and then from Milwaukee Passavant School of Nursing (1940) where she met Herman Brukardt, an intern at Milwaukee County Hospital. They corresponded throughout the war. During his absence she worked as an airline stewardess for Northwest Airlines flying from Minneapolis to Seattle. They married on July 30, 1945, and upon his release from the Navy, they moved to Menominee and set up his medical practice. Together they celebrated 60 years of marriage before his death in 2006. Bienie was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, the P.E.O. Sisterhood and the Dickens Club. She also served six years on the church council and six years on the Luther Home Board of Directors. She enjoyed traveling, entertaining, reading, golf, gardening, bowling and many crafts. Bienie was a loving, caring wife and mother and a devoted friend to many. She will be dearly missed, but her light will continue to shine.
Bienie is survived by her four daughters: Judith Legat of Elgin, Ill., Kathy (David) Beach of Sherwood, Ore., Barbara (Stewart) Lundgren of Menominee, Mich. and Janet (Duane) Dahmen of Aurora, Ill.; five grandchildren: Michael (Robin) Legat, Jonathan (Tricia) Legat, Brooke Dahmen, Jessica (Alan) Stokke and Mackenzie Dahmen and one sister, Molly Ann Barr. Along with her parents and her husband, Bienie was preceded in death by two sisters: Charlotte and Doris; two brothers: Harold and Robert and her son-in-law, Jim Legat.
Honoring Bienies wishes private services were held.
The Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home is assisting the family.
 Bienie wished to share this poem by Carol Michel:
"I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down
the ways of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave
when my life is done."
 In lieu of flowers, Bienie's family is requesting that any expressions of sympathy and kindness be directed towards a memorial fund in her name to: Unity Hospice, 2366 Oak Ridge Circle, De Pere, Wisconsin 54115 and The Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. P.O. Box 547, Marinette, Wis. 54143 and Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2901-13th Street, Menominee, Michigan 49858.