The Rev. Dr. Bruce Breuer

3/25/2017

The Rev. Dr. Bruce O. Breuer died on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from complication of Parkinson's Disease, at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Marilyn (Ryan) Breuer; daughter Beth A. (Breuer) Powers and her husband Daniel of Upton, MA; son Michael A. Breuer and his former wife Michelle Seremett of Spencer/Brookfield, MA; daughter Sarah R. (Breuer) Snyed and her husband Michael of Roslindale, MA; son Timothy D. Breuer and his wife Christal of Springfield, MA; and son Joel E. and Joann Breuer..

Bruce received his Baccalaureate degree from Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, graduated from Eden Seminary with a Masters of Divinity and was ordained into the United Church of Christ in 1965. He went on to receive a second Masters degree and a Doctorate of Ministry in psychology and counseling from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Newton, MA.

Bruce’s ministry was always focused on social justice. As a seminary student in St. Louis he went to Canton, Mississippi to register black voters. He also marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama. Bruce was the senior pastor at Foster Memorial Church, UCC from 1976 to 2006 and very involved in the Greater Springfield area. His first parish was at Russell Community Church in Russell, MA from 1965 to 1969, and from 1969 to 1976 he was the pastor at United Riverside Congregational Church in Lawrence, MA where he was also the Protestant Chaplain at Lawrence General Hospital. For many years he served the greater United of Christ on the Church and Ministry committee. He loved bringing church groups to Israel and Egypt and spent a summer sabbatical on an archeological dig at Beit Shemesh, Israel.

A Memorial Service at Foster Memorial Church was held on Saturday, April 1st at 11:00 A.M. with a calling hour at the church at 10:00 A.M. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be given in his name to Foster Memorial Church UCC, 1791 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01119, or to APDA Massachusetts’ Chapter, 72 East Concord St. Room C3, Boston, MA 02118 (apdama@apdaparkinson.org).

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