Steven Brua, 1953-2014

Published 9:57am Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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

Steven Brua
Steven Brua

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

Steve was born to Howard and Theresa (Cunningham) Brua on Aug. 18, 1953, in Albert Lea. 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., and 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.

Steve and 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 South Dakota, coyotes in North Dakota, hogs in Oklahoma and  turkey and deer. He was a proud member of the CVCC and 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; mother-in-law, Mary Lou Brenke; sisters-in-law Eunice Bolinger, Debra Chodur (Gary), Darla Nelson (Graden) and Connie Talamantes; brothers-in-law Steven Brenke (Rosie) and Darrell Brenke; nephews and nieces Danielle Bure (Damian), Justin Bolinger, Cody Bolinger, Sara Chodur, Nathan Chodur, David Villarreall, Anthony Villarreall, Colt Nelson, Blake Talamantes, Adison Talamantes, Amber Rose Brenke and Darrell Jr. Brenke; great-nephews and nieces Desmond, Ryleigh, Laynie, Gavin, Korah, Savanna, Elijah, Selena, Angelo and Karmine; special family Josh Miller, Brynn and Jaegar and godson, Cashus.

The family will greet friends from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at St. Theodore Catholic Church and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.  A prayer service will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Theodore Catholic Church with the Rev. 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.