Bruce Watermann Death, Obituary – Bruce M. Watermann, 72, fondly known to many as Deacon Bruce, peacefully passed on to his heavenly life on Monday, January 31, 2023 at his home. Bruce was born March 20, 1950 in Elgin, IL to Alfred and Lauretta (Dreyer) Watermann. Bruce graduated from Elgin High School and entered the world of broadcasting as a DJ at several Fox Valley radio stations. It was at WKKD (Now 95.9 the River) that Bruce would meet the ‘girl next door’ – Jody Poss, who quickly became the love of his life. He would go on to marry her and live next door to the radio station for the rest of his life.
This past August they were blessed to celebrate 50 years of marriage. Although radio was his first passion, Bruce also enjoyed the culinary arts which would go on to become his primary career. He started at Pheasant Run in high school and eventually landed at St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin where he became the Director of Food Production. He later managed the food and nutrition program at Asbury Gardens in North Aurora.
Deacon Bruce was a life-long devout Roman Catholic and a longtime parishioner at St Therese Church. His devotion to ministry began over 40 years ago with the training of Altar Servers. Through the years he served as Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and found his true calling as a Catechist. He would go on to educate and prepare hundreds of students for the Holy Sacrament of Confirmation.
With encouragement from Sr. Pia of the Cross, he began his journey to become a deacon in 1995. He was ordained in 1999 and served at St. Therese until 2019 when he was reassigned to St. Joseph. He also served as the Sunday Mass deacon at St. Nicholas for over 10 years, delivering the homily at almost every Mass. Over the years Deacon Bruce became immensely involved in Spanish ministry in Aurora, often helping out at Sacred Heart, St. Mary and St. Peter as well as St. Nicholas whenever there was a need. A special ministry was teaching Liturgical English to priests coming to the Rockford Diocese from Columbia and Venezuela