Carol Ann Bruce

Carol Ann Bruce

ALTAMONT — Carol Ann Bruce of Altamont died peacefully at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, after a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

“Carol was a tremendous wife, mother, grandmother and friend and a well-loved resident of Altamont for over 40 years,” her family wrote in a tribute.

She moved to the Albany area as a teenager where she attended Vincentian Institute High School.  She became a secretary at Lamphire Law Offices right after graduation and was married on April 13, 1957 to James Bruce of Rensselaer. 

They moved to Altamont in 1966 where they continued to raise their growing family of four. Mrs. Bruce returned to work years later to a doctor’s office in downtown Albany.

“She began working for Dr. Michael J. Esposito who at first was her boss, but inevitably became a trusted friend to her and the family,” her family wrote. She worked for Dr. Esposito for 27 years, right up to her diagnosis.

Mrs. Bruce was “well known for her incredible work ethic and high standards while maintaining her great sense of humor amid the chaos of a busy doctor’s office,” her family wrote. “Her humor and amazing determination helped her raise four beautiful children with a fierce love for them that was evident whenever she spoke of them.

“Their great joy would be to make her laugh amid the ups and downs of life. They were at her side throughout her treatment, supporting her, their father, and each other.  Carol continued to fight after all medical options were exhausted, and was able to remain at home with the help of Eddy Nurses and St. Peter’s  Hospice.

“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to her incredible Eddy nurse, Gayle, and the Community Hospice team including Alice, Diane, Joel, and especially Robaire and Deborah.  With their help the family was able to make her feel as comfortable and loved as she made them feel in life every day. She will be missed as much as she was loved.”

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Carol Ann Bruce is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Jim Bruce; and her four children, David Bruce his wife, Heidi, of Altamont and their two children, Devon Bruce and Amanda Bruce, Teri Bruce of Schenectady, Valerie Bruce and her husband James Judd of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and their daughter Carrissa Judd, and Amy Bruce of Alexandria, Virginia.

Calling hour will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main St., Altamont. A funeral service will be held on Monday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.fredendallfuneralhome.com

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

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