Ellen Ruscio

  • Born: May 24, 1956
  • Died: December 26, 2016
  • Location: Mishawaka, Indiana

Kaniewski Funeral Homes, Inc.

3545 N. Bendix Dr.
South Bend, IN 46628

Tel. (574) 277-4444

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ellen Ruscio, 60, of Mishawaka, Indiana passed away on Monday, December 26, 2016, in her home. Ellen was born on May 24, 1956 in South Bend to Richard and Betty (Kazmierzak) DeBruyne. She had formely been employed as a manager at the Days Inn Hotel and Irish Hills Apartment Complex. Ellen is survived by her mother Betty Kazmierzak of Granger, Indiana; her son, Adam Ruscio of Mishawaka, Indiana; her sister, Laurie Conant of Kalamazoo, Michigan; and two brothers, Joel (Cindy) DeBruyne of South Bend, Indiana and Michael (Marjorie) of Bloomington, Indiana. Ellen was very fond of all of her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard DeBruyne. Per Ellen's wishes, she has been cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Ellen was an avid reader, loved music, and was a passionate University of Notre Dame Football fan. The Christmas season was her favorite time of the year. She enjoyed watching the many Christmas movies during the Holiday season. Ellen also loved cats. She had many pet cats throughout her lifetime. Memorial Contributions may be made in Ellen's honor to the St. Joseph County Humane Society or Center for Hospice Care, Kaniewski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.kaniewski.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

For my mother still in my heart, not just because she's my mother, but because it's true when I say one of the best people I have ever known to this day and forever, truly innocent and meant well always in every way. Unconditional love is something she could have taught the world and the world needs it. She never did a bad thing in her life and I am blessed to be her son, and so lucky. Love you mom, if one person goes to heaven that I know, it's you.

Posted by Adam Ruscio - Enumclaw, WA   February 14, 2020


You are always close in thought and heart! Missing you, and love you always! Thanks for being my Best Friend!

Posted by Cathy Berndt - Bloomington, IN - Friend   December 29, 2017


Appreciated getting to know Ellen through my sister, Cathy, who was her longtime classmate and co-worker. She was always so cheerful and enthusiastic, it made everything that much more enjoyable.

Posted by Anne Berndt - Mishawaka, IN   January 23, 2017


Thinking of you Ellen Marie, and remembering so many happy times! You are with the angels now, dancing and in peace!

Love always,
Catherine Ann Rose

Posted by Catherine Ann Rose Berndt - Bloomington, IN - Friend   January 16, 2017

I am so sorry to hear that Ellen has passed away. She dated my brother Randy and I got to know her and Adam. She was a fun person and my brother loved her so much. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family. May God give you strength to get through this difficult time.

Posted by Lori Landsberg - South Bend, IN   January 05, 2017

So very sorry. Ellen was always a sweetie in high school. Prayers and blessings to her family.

Posted by Maureen McFadden - Granger, IN - Friend   January 02, 2017


Ellen was the Best Friend anyone could ever have! We were so close in grade school, & high school and shared so many ups and downs through our lives! We worked together in high school, and kept in touch through all the years, though we never saw each other enough! I'm shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. I just got a sweet Christmas card from her. I will never forget our overnights, our trips to the beach, listening to great music, laughing, and having endless fun! My thoughts and prayers are with her family, and all those who loved her. She will be sorely missed!

Posted by Catherine Ann Rose Berndt - Bloomington, IN - Friend   January 02, 2017