Joseph Anthony Bruno, Sr.

brunoJoseph Anthony Bruno Sr. age 92 of Brockway passed away November 4, 2016. He was born May 24, 1924 to parents Theodore Bruno and Louise Fleming Bruno in Brockway.

He graduated from Brockway Schools, attending school during the day and working at Brockway Glass at night during his senior year.

Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS New Mexico in the South Pacific during World War II. During that time his ship participated in all of the major battles leading to the surrender of Japan. His ship was in Tokyo Bay alongside the USS Missouri where the signing of the surrender took place.

Following his discharge, he returned to Brockway and his work at Brockway Glass as a mold maker where he would eventually retire with 45 years of service.

He was one of the original members of the Parson-Marnati Post 95 of the American Legion in Brockway and remained a member his entire life.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Brockway Borough Municipal Authority and Brockway Television Inc. for more than thirty years.

He enjoyed gardening, taking care of his property and yard, and raising pigeons, a hobby he started in his youth.

He was a lifelong member of St. Tobias Catholic Church where he was baptized, confirmed and married.

In August of 1948, he was married to Helen Pinchock Bruno. They were married for more than 67 years until her passing this past May.

Together they had four children: Diane Bruno (Richard Ziegler) of Brockway, Joseph Bruno Jr. (JoAnne), of Brockway, Gregory Bruno (Donna) of Williamsville, N.Y., and Valerie Erickson (John) of Brockway. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and a sister Rita Brown.

He was preceded in death by a brother Harry Bruno, and a sister Dorothy Anderson. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, November 9 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc. in Brockway.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, November 10 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Tobias Church also in Brockway with Msgr. Charles Kaza presiding. Burial will follow in St. Tobias Cemetery.

A Vigil Service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Full Military Honors will be accorded by Parson-Marnati Post #95 of the American Legion Thursday morning at the cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Legion Post #95 1109 Pershing Avenue Brockway, Pa. 15824; Penn Highlands DuBois Hospice 100 Hospital Avenue DuBois, Pa. 15801 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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