Bruno, Marie (Szabo)
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Feb 7, 1963 - Sep 12, 2013
For many the thought of packing up a home and moving across the country is overwhelming. Now try 19 moves in 28 years. As a Marine wife, Marie Szabo Bruno not only accepted bouncing around from one duty station to the next as a part of life, she helped others navigate their way, mentoring young families with the experience she gained during her nearly 3 decades with the Service. She gave strength and hope to wives waiting for their husbands to return safely from Iraq and Afghanistan, and spent days and nights comforting those whose husbands were deployed in harm's way. Marie lost her battle to leukemia on September 12, 2013, surrounded by her loving family at home. She was 50 years old. "The Marine family becomes an extension of your own family," said Colonel Kirk Bruno, Marie's husband of 30 years. "Marie always went out of her way to make people feel welcomed, like they belonged." As word of her illness spread, phone calls, emails, and messages began to pour in from across the globe.
"You have impacted my family more than you will ever know," said Paul Sowa via email from Virginia. "Your passion, devotion, and the support you provided to the wives and families back at home were more important to [my wife] and me than I can express in words. I never once had to worry about my family back at home because she was always talking about how well things were going in the Key Volunteer network."
"In my darkest days in Korea you were there for me," said Linda Jackson from College Station, TX. "Always listening, speaking positive words of encouragement and making a special effort to show love in all you said and did. I couldn't have made it through without you. You were the angel God placed in my life when I needed it most."
"Marie, I struggle to find the words to express how much you have truly influenced my life and the life of my family," said Tiffany Trevino from Camp Pendleton, CA. "You always made me feel like a friend and not just another Marine's wife
.your genuine concern for the welfare of me and my family changed my perceptions and has been the single greatest influence as I take on the same mentoring role that you once had with me. However, the single greatest thing you ever did for me was to simply be there alongside me during our own fight with cancer."
Determined to earn a college degree while moving around and raising a family, Marie graduated from University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology. Proficient in mathematics and technology, Marie held numerous positions from Human Relations to Administrative Assistant at Bellevue West High School in Bellevue, NE. She was also the go-to person when family and friends had computer and smart phone issues. But perhaps her greatest accomplishment was raising 2 daughters, Danielle (25) and Courtney (27). "Being deployed for months at a time was not easy for Marie," said Col. Bruno. "But she soldiered through the challenging days, with a loving heart and fortitude of a Marine." The day after the family was informed of Marie's terminal prognosis, Danielle chose to hold her wedding in the Nebraska Medical Center Chapel so her mother could watch her walk down the isle. Her sister Courtney was the maid of honor. "The battle has been long, but, she never quit," said Col. Bruno. "Her strength, perseverance, and will to live were simply amazing. She will live forever in our hearts." Marie is survived by her husband, Col. Kirk Bruno; parents, Louis and Angela Szabo; brothers, Robert and Thomas Szabo; sisters-in-law, Patty and Bridget, daughters, Courtney Bruno, and Danielle Hassel; sonin-law, Daniel Hassel, granddaughter, Kaylee Marie Weiland; and 13 nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her sister, Theresa Moy.
MEMORIAL SERVICE 10am Saturday, September 21, at Calvary Christian Church, 10100 Cedar Island Rd., Bellevue. A second MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held in Remembrance of Marie for her friends and family in New Jersey, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
under http:// main.ascevents.org/goto/TeamMarie. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN MORTUARIES
BELLEVUE/SARPY CO. CHAPEL
3402 Samson Way, Bellevue, NE
Published in Omaha World-Herald from Sept. 13 to Sept. 21, 2013
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