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Anthony J. Bruno, Sr.

Dec. 31, 1926 - Dec. 11, 2019

Anthony J. “Gabby” Bruno, Sr., 92, Altoona, passed away peacefully Wednesday at UPMC Altoona, after a brief illness. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Vito Donato and Lucia (LaBalla) Bruno. On July 14, 1951, he married Theresa M. Eder at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and she preceded him in death on Sept. 12, 2008.

Surviving is a daughter, Mary Ann Bruno of Vienna, Va; a sister, Jenny Cellini; sister-in-law, Marian Bruno, both of Altoona; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Anthony J. Bruno, Jr. on June 22, 2017, along with several brothers and sisters.

Gabby was a former member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Altoona, and currently a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Altoona.

Gabby was a 1946 graduate of Altoona High School. He worked for the PRR Railroad and then retired from the Altoona Post Office in 1989 with 34 years service. He was a former softball catcher for the Altoona Post Office and later enjoyed the Old Timers Baseball picnics held every year at Delgrosso's Amusement Park.

Gabby served in the US Navy, enlisting in 1944, and stationed in the South Pacific.

He volunteered for over 30 years at Bon Secours Hospital, and then at Altoona Hospital, UPMC Station Medical Center with 6,192 hours of service.

Gabby was a member of the Federation of Clubs, Sons of Italy, Bavarian Aid Society. VFW, American Legion, Unter Uns Club, IaIa Post, Swiss Club, and GBU. He was an original member of the Back Wall Tennis and Athletic Club, now the Summit Club.

Gabby was well known as the “Mayor of 5th Ward.” He enjoyed spectator sports and was a Penn State, Steelers, Yankees, and Notre Dame fan. He knew everyone in Altoona and everyone knew Gabby. That’s how he got his nickname, Gabby, because he talked too much! He enjoyed meeting friends for coffee and breakfast at McDonald’s, as well as the UPMC cafeteria. He volunteered at the Bavarian Hall for Bingo and always enjoyed talking with all the members.

Gabby always gave from the heart. He was a gentle soul and helped anyone, lending a hand or his old truck, whenever needed or not needed. He was genuinely an icon in Altoona.

Friends will be received from 3pm to 7pm, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 in the Santella Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30am, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Committal will be at Calvary Mausoleum, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to UPMC Altoona Foundation, 620 Howard Ave., Altoona Pa 16601, in memory of Anthony J. “Gabby” Bruno, Sr.

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