Josephine M. Bruno

January 26, 1927 ‒ January 10, 2018

Marion, Ohio

Josephine M. Bruno, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 10, 2018 at the Kobacker House in Columbus.  Josephine was a young 90 years old and lived every day to the fullest.

Josephine was born the youngest child to the late Nunzio and Carmella “Eva” (Meo) Mazza in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 26, 1927.   While visiting family in Marion, Josephine met the love of her life, Salvatore Bruno.  The two were wed April 4, 1948 in Indianapolis and moved to Marion. Together, Josephine and Sal raised six children.  Salvatore passed away August 18, 1991.

She attended St. Mary Church, had a strong Catholic faith and prayed the rosary daily.  Always praying for others, she was often called when someone became ill or needed comforting.

Josephine worked for many years at Marion Catholic High School in the cafeteria and after retiring continued to volunteer in the cafeteria at St. Mary School.   Her countless hours earned her the distinct award of 50 years of dedication in Catholic Education.  She also enjoyed volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul.

Josephine was not one to sit still.  She enjoyed cooking, entertaining friends and family, travel, dancing and never missed a party.  Her hobbies included shopping for bargains with friends, knitting dish cloths as gifts, cheering for the Buckeyes, and, of course, watching Jeopardy every night.

Josephine loved to spend time with her family and friends.  She will be missed for her homemade Christmas raviolis, generosity, strong spirit and faith.

Josephine is survived by her children. Mary Jo (Charles) Gerlach of Columbus, Anna Marie (Arthur) Gould of Grove City, Brig Gen (ret) Frank Bruno of Naples, Fl., Charles (Kathy) Bruno of Pleasanton, Ca., Philip Bruno of Worthington, and Angela (Michael) Montgomery of Bexley; grandchildren, Allison, Jim, Tony, Josephine, Ara, Ariana, Frankie, Marianne, Vince, Joey, Maria, Julia, Sal, Sam and Maddy and ten great-grandchildren.

Josephine was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings:  Anthony, Salvatore (wife Betty), Joseph (wife Clara), John (wife Albina), Josephine, and Mary Mazza; Lena, and Joseph Danna, Madeline LaRosa (husband Tudie), and grandson James Salvatore Montgomery.

Visitation will be held at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 West Center Street, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, from 3 until 6 pm.   A 10:30 am Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main Street, Marion, on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 with Fathers Thomas Buffer and Denis Kigozi concelebrating.  Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Josephine’s honor to Kobacker House or St. Vincent de Paul.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all that helped Josephine and the staff at the Kobacker House.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Josephine’s family. Online condolences and memories may be expressed by visiting


  • We express our condolences to your family. Josephine was always thought of kindly by us all. Sincerely, the Pettengills

  • Thinking of all the Bruno’s. Your Mom left such a wonderful legacy in all of you. Doug and I thought the world of her. My mom always loved her too!
    Mary Eileen Lechleitner

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Miss Jo at Saint Vincents. I will miss her smiling face and her wonderful cookies. She was a little Ray of sunshine . May she RIP.

  • You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Our condolences on the passing of Jo. We have many found memories of her visits to California and her warm smile. We will miss her. Bud, Karen, Kevin, Brian, Sarah, James, and Emma Tuohy

  • What a beautiful video of your mom and all of you!! I loved seeing Mr. Bruno again! It really inspired me to live life to the fullest!!! I am sure your hearts are breaking right now but also overflowing with gratitude to belong to such a wonderful mother! On behalf of Mark, myself and our family we send our prayers and condolences. When our son Thomas (now 31) was little, I remember him asking – “how am I related to Gramma Bruno?” She always took everybody under her wing and we all benefitted from her love. Peace & Love, Patty (Chill) Hayes

  • What a beautiful tribute. Prayers for comfort during the difficult days to come. From the Pinnick’s

  • Ara and Ariana, Our deepest sympathy to you and your Dad! Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • What a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful woman. I feel so blessed that I was one , out of so many, of the lucky ones who got to know Jo Bruno. She will be missed. My prayers to the family and may you find peace and comfort during these days that follow.🙏

  • Condolences to the Bruno family,

    As I think of Josephine (Aunt Jo) I remember a classy yet humble and reverent woman who understood how a life was to be lived and did it “splendidamente.”

    I believe Our Lord greeted her-“Well done good and faithful servant!”

    Pete and Kristy Cutarelli

  • Phil and family,
    Please know that Steve and I have you all in our hearts during this difficult time.

    With sincere sympathy,
    Steve and Joan Pell

  • What a beautiful life to celebrate! Loved the video and seeing many familiar faces. She was one of those St Mary/Marion Catholic moms that was always around! Such a sweet, sweet lady! Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
    Barb Kapcar Schroepfer and all of the Kapcar’s

  • Dear Bruno family,
    Deepest condolences from the Cutarelli family of New Jersey (Pete’s son Tim and family, Pamela, Julia, and Mia). I only met Aunt Jo a few times, but I know she was, by all accounts, a very kind person.
    Tim Cutarelli

  • Sorry for your loss.
    I watched the video and I could see and understand she was very special to all of you.
    From all of us Cutarelli’s in Washington State.

  • One of the finest kindest ladies I’ve ever met. My condolences to the family. Rest in peace Josephine

  • What a wonderful, well deserved tribute to a beautiful
    Person. I will never forget how Mr. andMrs. Bruno made me feel. Their sweet smiles lit up the room and made me smile as well. They could turn a bad day into a great one. Marion has lost another sweet angel. Our prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.
    Roz DeVita and Denny Morrison

  • What a wonderful, well deserved tribute to a beautiful
    Person. I will never forget how Mr. andMrs. Bruno made me feel. Their sweet smiles lit up the room and made me smile as well. They could turn a bad day into a great one. Marion has lost another sweet angel. Our prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.
    Roz DeVita Morrison and Denny Morrison

  • Phil I am so sorry to hear about your mother.. keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers