Judith Bruno
(1940 - 2013)

Judith Bruno

October 26, 1940

January 13, 2013

This site is dedicated to Judith Bruno.

Judith Olson Bruno, 72, of Newport Beach, California passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 13, 2013 from complications related to stomach cancer.

Born October 26, 1940 in Gary, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Ruben and Lillian Olson. Judy attended Indiana University and then moved to Laguna Beach, California where she was an elementary school teacher. In 1966, she moved to Cheshire, Connecticut where she raised her family. Her love of the Pacific Coast eventually drew her back to California.

Judy was known for her creativity, listening ears, gift of gab, and corny jokes. She gave her love unconditionally to all of her family and friends. A devoted mother and adoring grandmother, Judy loved to spoil her grandchildren on birthdays and holidays. She was a voracious reader, tennis player, artist, writer, and a good friend. She claimed to have never been bored a day in her life.

Judy (“Gigi”) is survived by daughters Michelle (Mike) Bassi and Jennifer (Kirk) Hartley of Colorado; four grandchildren: Jake, Chiara, Alika and Jaxon; sister, Joyce (George) Middleton of Indiana; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and ex-husband, and friend, James Bruno, Jr. of Vermont.

A special thank you to her very close friends, Karen McMorris and Jerry Koch, who were incredibly supportive prior to and throughout her illness.

Judy’s love will live forever in our hearts.

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I met Judy when she worked at Bloomingdale's. I was a customer and she quickly became the only person I wanted to work with!! We became fast friends, sharing books, family pictures and stories!! I miss her every time I walk into Bloomies and don't see her smile and a chance for a hello hug!! I always made her come in the dressing room and sit down, so we had a chance to visit!! She was a wonderful person, full of light and love!!!
ellen trujillo (friend)
February 20th, 2013

How lucky to have Judy as my sorority sister at IU
We had an amazing time both inside the house and out. We were able to renew our friendship during my visits in Ca.over the years. I was hoping for many more such fun times. I love & miss you,Judy.

Sue Ann Kalleres
Sue kalleres (sorority sister/friend)
February 19th, 2013
Although many years have past, we (the Pruitt family) have always thought about you girls and your mom, every time we pass your old home. We had some really good times! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! We would love to hear from you! Love, Doreen, Laurie (Alex), Michelle, and Richard (Nina)
Doreen Pruitt (Friend)
February 11th, 2013
Dear Michelle, so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such sweetheart and had such a wonderful smile! I still remember discussing You and Ian and how you were both so good for each other. She wasp so generous and kind. Love and prayers dorm both Toby and I. Karen Brimberg
Karen Brimberg (Friend)
February 11th, 2013
We will miss you Judy. Thank you for always being so nice and treating me like part of the family.


Mike Tanguay
Mike Tanguay (Friend)
February 4th, 2013
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"To Judy..one of life's creative gifts..your guidance, humor and love will live in me always..until we meet again..love you..Mary"
Mary Fischer
March 24th, 2013
"I miss my sister so much even though we haven't seen each other in years. Our many phone calls were something that I looked forward to. You raised 2 wonderful daughters that will carry on your legacy. I love you, Sis"
Joyce Middleton
February 9th, 2013
"I love and miss my mother and my friend. Your amazing spirit and creativity will live on through stories, cards, memories, and your four grandchildren. You are my rock. Thank you for all that you have given us."
Michelle Bruno Bassi
January 31st, 2013
"I miss you, Judy. The sound of your soft chuckle and the look in your smiling eyes are forever in my memory. The year we shared in Cheshire is one of the highlights of all my years. Thank you for your friendship , trust and laughter. Betty"
Betty Dovey
January 31st, 2013
"I miss you, Gigi. So, so much. You are the best Gigi I could ever ask for and have. I LOVE you!!! love, Chiara"
Chiara Bassi
January 30th, 2013
"I love you mommy! Wishing you peace chocolate and someone who gets your corny jokes in heaven."
Jennifer Hartley
January 30th, 2013
"you made a marine soft Judy thank you for our children and the guidance to raise them"
jim bruno
January 30th, 2013


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