Lena W. Rust, 94 of Bunker Hill, passed away at Meridian Village, Glen Carbon on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at 5:47 p.m. She was born on June 20, 1924, in Dorsey to William D. Bertels and Minnie Pauline (Johnson) Bertels. She married Edward Rust on August 24, 1947, at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Dorsey.
Lena was a farm wife, mother, pianist, organist and cafeteria-worker at Bunker Hill schools. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill for over 70 years where she was also a pianist, organist for over 30 years, member of the Lutheran ladies aid society and Women’s Missionary League. Lena enjoyed tending to her bountiful garden, reputation for being a good cook, seamstress, quilting, bowling and traveling with family and friends.
She is survived by her Husband Edward Rust of Bunker Hill; son, Kevin (Karen) Rust of Glen Carbon; daughter, Teresa (Donald) Hancock of St. Louis, MO; two grandchildren, Brandyn Rust and Gretchen (David) McGinley; three great-grandchildren, Malachi, Raelynn and Romy McGinley; brother, Charles (Norma) Bertels; three sister-in-laws, Marilyn Bertels, Corleen Heuer, and Doris Rust; brother-in-law, Dale (Louella) Rust; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
Lena was preceded in death by her father, William D. Bertels; mother, Minnie Pauline Bertels; and two brothers, Leonard Bertels and Robert Bertels.
Visitation services will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church Bunker Hill from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. followed by funeral services at the church with Rev. Brian G. Holle officiating. Burial will be at Bunker Hill Cemetery in Bunker Hill. Memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church of Bunker Hill or Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill is in charge of the arrangements.