She will be remembered lovingly as wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
Joyce Marie Chamberlain was born January 16, 1936 in Plattsburgh. She graduated from Peru High School at the age of 17 and then went to Loretta Business School. At 18 years old, Joyce met the love of her life, Clarence Bruno, Jr. and they were married on July 31, 1954. She was a homemaker, raising six children (nearly independently, since Clarence was on the road as an 18-wheeler truck driver.)
Joyce was a gardener, canning to subsidize the family’s needs. As the family got a little older, Joyce went to work in the cafeteria for Hudson Falls Central School, where she became “Gram” to many more children. She was an avid Hudson Falls Tigers fan, saying “her blood ran green and white.” Joyce loved attending her grandchildren’s school and sporting events. Hudson Falls Wrestling was especially a favorite of hers. There will never be a bigger, more loyal fan than Joyce. Over the years, Joyce was a surrogate mother to numerous young people. Besides rooting for the Tigers, she was a #1 Mets fan.
Joyce was a devout member of St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s parish for over 50 years, where she participated actively in Altar Rosary Society.
For years, Joyce and Clarence enjoyed visits to Myrtle Beach. After that, they enjoyed their seasonal camp on Cossayuna Lake. Joyce considered her biggest achievement to be her family. She referred to her children as her “trophies” and her grandchildren and great grandchildren to be her “prizes.”
Joyce was predeceased by her brothers, Leo Chamberlain, Kenny Chamberlain and Donald Chamberlain.
Besides her husband of 62 years, Clarence Bruno, Jr., of Hudson Falls; she is survived by her children, Melody Viele and her husband, Rick of South Glens Falls, Cindy Turcotte and her husband, Martin, of Pottersville, Darlene Winters and her husband, William of Queensbury, Scott Bruno and his wife, Beth, of Queensbury, Kathy Dudley and her husband, Russell, of Hudson Falls and Todd Bruno and his finacee, Renee of Hudson Falls; her beloved grandchildren, Andrew and Trisha Leonard, Jennifer Howe and her husband, Kris, Nora Rubado and her husband, Ryan, Nathan Jarvis, Andre Turcotte, Nicholas, Ryan and Sean Winters, Kyle, Matthew and Shelby Bruno, Joshua, Cassie and Aaron Dudley and Kody and Jared Bruno; her great grandchildren, Emma, Zoey, Isiaah, Madison, Blake, Finley, Jadelyn and Marlee; her sister, Judy Gromer and her husband, Philip, of Carmel; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call from 4 to 7:30 P.M. on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St., Hudson Falls, to be followed by a time of remembrance at 7:30 pm.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017 at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church, on the park, in Hudson Falls.
The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery in the town of Kingsbury.
The family suggests that memorials in Mrs. Bruno’s memory be made to St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church 11 Wall St., Hudson Falls, NY 12839.
The family wishes to give a special thank you to High Peaks Hospice for their dedicated care. They would also like to give a special thanks to Shirley Willig and Julie Girard as Eucharistic Ministers, for bringing Joyce communion when she was unable to attend services.