Helen Clare (Bridge) Bruno

September 14, 1929 ~ December 7, 2020 (age 91)


Helen Clare Bruno, 91, of Madison, passed away peacefully, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 14, 1929, in North Irwin, a daughter of the late Lawrence A. and Margaret H. (Marron) Bridge. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, John J. "Bob" Bruno III; four brothers, Hugh, James, Andrew and Lawrence Bridge; and three sisters, Mary Alice Bridge, Hannah Sands and Mary Catherine Fletcher. Helen was a homemaker. She was an amazing mom, special gram, sister and dear friend. She was truly dedicated to her family. She was a life member of St. Edward Church in Herminie. Her devotion to our lord could be seen through her loving and caring ways of always serving others. She welcomed you with a joyful heart and all who entered her home were treated with, "What can I feed you."  She entertained you with her charm and wit, and her family will deeply miss her many clever sayings. She truly believed that cleanliness is next to Godliness. She loved things neat and tidy while whistling a happy tune. She also loved to sing and dance. As she enters his heavenly kingdom, we imagine her singing, "O, lord, with your eyes set upon me, gently smiling, you have spoken my name." Then, as she met her husband at a dance at the Slovenian Ball Room many moons ago, dad greets her with open arms and they continue to dance. Helen is survived by her seven daughters, Connie (John) Gutt, of West Newton, Marian (Jim) Proffitt, of North Huntingdon, Diane L. Bruno, of Madison, Rebecca (Frank ) Buffalini, of Herminie, Bobbi (Dave) Letarte, of Madison, Jeanne (James) Cameron, of Beaver Falls, and Carol (James) William, of West Newton; her son, John L. (Kim) Bruno, of Yukon; nine special grandchildren, Heather, Melanie (Paul), Jared (Laura), Samantha (Jarrett), Vincent, Emily, Hannah (Matthew), Veronica and Madelyn; three special great-grandchildren, Madison, Lily and Aubrey; two sisters, Agnes (Joe) Zakutney, of Coraopolis, and Rita Rain, of Utah; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She is also survived by her two special granddogs, Niko and Eboni. Helen's love for her family will forever be remembered. She will be dearly missed by all. A special thank you to Heartland Hospice, especially, "Mandy." Our entire family would also like to express our deepest gratitude to our sister Diane, who devoted her time caring so lovingly for our dear mother. Friends will be received from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Edward Church, Herminie. Please go directly to church. Private family interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Edward Church, 120 St. Edward Lane, Herminie, PA 15637, in memory of Helen. Please be prepared to adhere to all the current CDC Guidelines, including face masks and social distancing in funeral home and in church.  Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 25 people at a time. To send online condolences, please visit


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December 11, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Joseph W. Nickels Funeral Home, Inc.
404 Sewickly Ave.
Herminie, PA 15637

Funeral Mass
December 12, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Edward Church
120 St. Edward Lane
Herminie, PA 15637


St. Edward Church
120 St. Edward Lane, Herminie PA 15637
Tel: 1-724-446-5197

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