Columbiana – Elizabeth (Betty) S. Bruno,92, formerly of East Palestine, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at the Parkside Health Care Center in Columbiana.
Betty was born on July 6, 1922 in Turtle Creek, PA., a daughter of the late Charles W. and Jean A. (Furgason) Soles.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband and best friend of 52 years, Arthur Bruno, her parents, and two half sisters, Grace Kliskey and Minnie Smith.
Betty was raised in western Pennsylvania, but spent most of her adult life in East Palestine, coming there in 1944. In 2000 she moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, then later to Zephyrhills, Florida. She returned to Ohio in 2006, relocating to Columbiana.
Besides being an avid reader, Betty enjoyed solving crossword puzzles, especially the NY Times Sunday puzzle and crocheting. She was a longtime communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in East Palestine, while actively participating as a member of the choir, Confraternity of Christian Mothers and the Ladies Aid Society. Betty was also an active member of the East Palestine Area Historical Society. After moving to Columbiana she joined St. Jude Catholic Church.
Betty was a homemaker and also held positions at the former Brooks Market, St. Elizabeth Hospital, and the former Pittsburgh Chair and Kenmar furniture companies. She also acted as Clerk of the City Council of East Palestine from 1976 to 1980.
Betty will be deeply missed by her son Charles, Columbiana, her primary caregiver, her daughter Anna Jean (John) McTigue, West Hartford, Conn., five grandchildren Jeanne, Kathleen, Tara, Colleen and John, Jr. She will also be missed by her dear friend and pen pal since first grade, Ms. Anna Mae Martin, of Turtle Creek, PA.
Family and friends may call on Thursday, August 7, 2014, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the Oliver-Linsley Funeral Home, East Main at Forbes, East Palestine.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in East Palestine with Rev. Christopher Cicero as Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, East Palestine.
Betty’s family wishes to recognize the staff at the Parkside Health Care Center for their very professional manner in which they cared for Betty during her stay. Thank you for all the loving care you gave to Mom and to each and every one for the wonderful work you do!
If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market Street, Youngstown, Ohio.