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A lasting legacy from Ruth E. Bruch

Ruth E. Bruch

Northern Illinois Food Bank is humbled and honored to have received an unexpected gift from Ruth E. Bruch. Ruth passed away last fall, leaving $25,000 from her estate to the Food Bank.

Ruth was born in Ottumwa, IA and was a graduate of Ottumwa High School and the University of Iowa where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. During her career, Ruth held extensive senior leadership positions in the areas of finance and information technology for organizations in several different industries. She served as chief information officer of several publicly-traded companies and other organizations, including Union Carbide, Visteon Corporation, Lucent Technologies, and the Kellogg Corporation. She also served on the board of directors for the Bank of New York Mellon and Teledyne Technologies Inc. Ruth was a member of the Lutheran Church of Atonement, and served on the Cancer Foundation Board for the University of Chicago and the Visiting Executive Advisory Board for Harvard University.

Ruth had been an annual donor to the Food Bank since 2003. Ruth's husband, John Gigerich, said she left money to many important causes through her estate. He said they both lived by the same thought: For those who have much, much is expected.

Northern Illinois Food Bank is grateful to the Estate of Ruth E. Bruch for this generous legacy gift. Ruth's generous gift provided $200,000 worth of groceries (& hope) to hungry neighbors in northern Illinois last year.

If you would like more information about remembering Northern Illinois Food Bank in your will or estate, please contact Gina Gramarosso at 630-443-6910, ext. 130, or

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