Spanning Three Centuries of Service

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Ida Bruno

Ida Bruno died peacefully on April 13, 2020 at United Hebrew in New Rochelle. She was 93. Born on December 4, 1926, Ida was the first daughter of Angelo & Divina Puntillo DeBartolo. She married Joseph Louis Bruno on September 16, 1950 and they spent forty-eight cherished years together until his passing on December 26, 1998. Ida emigrated from her birthplace in Cosenza, Italy in 1951 and permanently settled in New Rochelle, NY for the remainder of her life.
Ida was the quintessential nurturer. From early on, helping her mother care for her brothers and sister in Italy, to raising her own three children in the states, and subsequently supporting her grandchildren. Ida took care of everyone, her whole life. She always said that “children are a joy,” and found so much fulfillment from the rigorous but rewarding work that parenting epitomized. She saw her most challenging care giving moments when her beloved husband, Joseph’s health was declining in the 1990s. Her dedication and compassion for him during those years of illness were unparalleled. Her love for him was fierce and profound and she sorely missed him after his death. In addition to her love for her human companions, she also had an affinity towards animals and had different pets over the years whom brought her comfort and happiness.
Although never formally educated, Ida was a brilliant individual. She ran a seamless and efficient household for decades which included management of tenants, property maintenance, and household budgeting – all while being a full-time mother. She was an intuitive, practical , and highly-skilled culinarian, with a green thumb for her magnificent fruit, vegetable & flower gardens to boot. Despite her challenges with language and illiteracy, Ida thrived with enormous grace and achieved so much with her intrinsic attributes. She never expressed dissatisfaction with anything. She never boasted about her achievements, big or small. Her humility and selflessness was one of her most endearing qualities and it was because she took nothing for granted and appreciated everything.
Ida was respected and adored by all. The journey of her legacy lives on through the precious memories her family will continue to share, Her family will miss her glowing eyes full of child-like wonder and her perfect smile, spreading her warmth and acceptance in her most welcoming way.
Ida is survived by her children: Frank Bruno, Nancy (Albert) Pisacreta, Mary (Sal) Porretto, by her five grandchildren: Mark (Erin) Pisacreta, Sandy (Chris) Mooney, Michael Bruno, Leanne (Jorge) Duque, and Stacey (Christopher) Mix, and her six great-grandchildren: Siena & Mason Pisacreta, Niah & Ayven Mooney, and Leila & Luca Duque. Along with many nieces and nephews. Ida is also survived by two brother: Adamo & Paul DeBartolo and one sister, Carmela Furquiele. She predeceased her daughter-in-law, Ellen Marie Bruno and her brothers Mariano, Santo, and Olrlando DeBartolo. She also leaves behind her care-giver of over 7 years, Winnie, whose companionship made her last years so special.

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