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Ruth Jane Brummet

Ruth Jane Brummet, 94, of Bloomington passed away Feb. 2, 2022, at Martin Health Center in Bloomington.

Jane was born in 1927 in Washburn to Gail and Gene Kunkle.

Jane loved music and was a music major at the University of Illinois. She was an active member of First Christian Church in Bloomington and was a life-long member of the choir, where she enjoyed many friendships while singing in quartets and other musical ensembles. She was proficient in both the piano and organ as well as the marimba, one of her favorite loves. Jane actively played golf up to the age of 93. She was especially pleased and proud of the fact she played an entire 18 holes while celebrating her 90th birthday with her sons and daughter in sunny Arizona.

Jane was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her four children, Kathy (Chuck) Smalley, Gary (Donna Juhl) Brummet, Rich (Kathleen) Brummet and Don Brummet; her six grandchildren, Kelly (Doug Kropp) Brummet, Ryan (Kelly) Brummet, Quentin (Jen) Brummet, Disa (Amil) Patel, Evan (Danielle) Brummet and Krista Brummet; and her four great-grandchildren, Owen and Carly Kropp, Jackson Brummet and Kaya Patel.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Owen; her brother, R. Eugene (Doris) Kunkle; and her sister, Marjorie Kunkle.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at First Christian Church, 401 W. Jefferson St., Bloomington. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church.

Interment will follow at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Washburn.

Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church or Westminster Village Foundation, both in Bloomington.

Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements.

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