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Sunday October 4th, 2015
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Monday October 5th, 2015

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Carol A. Bruce

Carol Ann Bruce of Altamont, NY passed away peacefully @4:00pm on Tuesday September 29th 2015 after a 9 month battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years Jim Bruce and her 4 children David Bruce, (Altamont, NY) his wife Heidi and their two children, Devon Bruce and Amanda Bruce;Teri Bruce (Schenectady, NY); Valerie Bruce (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) her husband James Judd and their daughter Carrissa Judd; Amy Bruce (Alexandria, Virginia) Carol was a tremendous wife, mother, grandmother and friend and a well-loved resident of Altamont for over 40 years. 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 13th 1957 to James Bruce of Rensselaer. They moved to Altamont in 1966 where they continued to raise their growing family of 4. Carol did return to work years later to a Dr.'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. She worked for Dr. Esposito for 27 years right up to her diagnosis. Carol was well known for her incredible work ethic and high standards while maintaining her great sense of humor amid the chaos of a busy Dr's office. Her humor and amazing determination helped her raise 4 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. Calling hour will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 2-5PM at Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main St, Altamont. A funeral service to be held on Monday at 10AM at the funeral home with interment to follow at Faiview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144 Online condolences may be made at www.fredendallfuneralhome.com


Jim and Family, I'm not sure if you remember me, but I'm one of the girls from Dr. Esposito's office. I'm so sorry to hear about Carol. She really put up a strong fight. I hope you know how much she loved all of you... She taught me my job and I always appreciated that. She was so kind to me. She kept saying you will be fine. She gave me the confidence she had. I'm in Texas so couldn't make Carol's services, but please know my heart was with all of you... Please take care of yourselves. Love, Penny Meade

Penny Meade Oct 5 2015 12:00 AM

To Dave and the entire Bruce family, please accept our deepest condolences and sympathy during this time of loss. You'll remain in our hearts and prayers.

Jonathan & Tina Gryniuk Oct 4 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Jim, Valerie, Teri, David, Amy and families, Mom just sent me the notice that Carol has passed away, a notice that brought many tears to my eyes. I hope that you were all able to be with her as she left this world. I know the loss of Carol will leave a hole in life's fabric that can not be repaired, only diminished in size with all the memories of Carol... At this moment I have all these images and conversations passing through my mind: -Driving to Schenectady to the rehearsals at Union College with Carol, always an adventure, -Going to the Russian tea room when NENYYO played in NYC, -Me trying to climb the wall at Manhattan School of music to get someone's attention to open the door for Valerie's reception....in my multicolored Rickshaw pants as Carol called them, -Getting in really big trouble when we showed up late at your house after some event at the Egg, and sitting in bed the next morning knowing that Carol was waiting in the kitchen...uh oh - I think about how wonderful it was that we had parents who supported all these musical endeavors that made our lives so much richer and more interesting. Thank you Carol and Jim, Mom and Dad. Tomorrow during calling hour there in Altamont, here in Chile I will play the Sarabande of the C-minor Bach Suite (V). To me it is one of the most marvelous parts of the suites, it has a peace, tranquility and longing that touches the soul. I know Carol will be listening. Much love Kate

Kate Whitlock Oct 3 2015 12:00 AM

Our hearts and prayers are with Amy and her wonderful family. Amy has been a blessing to our family. May you rest in peace Carol.

Carol McQuillan and family Oct 3 2015 12:00 AM

Dave and family - I'm so sorry to read of your tremendous loss. My thoughts are with you all at this sad time. Jennifer Wood

Jennifer Malchow Wood Oct 2 2015 12:00 AM

To the Bruce Family- We are so sorry to hear that Mrs. Bruce has passed. She was such a sweet, courageous, and lovely woman. We will never forget her, or her kindness to us and our family. Your beautiful tribute to her life truly reflects the loving person she was. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. With our love and sympathy, Ken and Pat Rau

Ken and Pat Rau Oct 1 2015 12:00 AM

Condolences to the family,though we never met Carol , we are friends with Teri and understand what a wonderful person she was and how much she will be missed....sincerely, the Stewarts

earl and claudia stewart Oct 1 2015 12:00 AM

Teri just knowing you, i know you must have had an amazing Mom and family. I am sorry for your loss and will hold all of you in love and light.

Phyllis Haggerty Oct 1 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Heidi and David, We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Peace and Love, Barbara and Larry White

Barbara White Oct 1 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Bruce family, Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of Mrs. Bruce. What a lovely tribute in the paper. I'm very pleased to have had the chance to talk with her on a few occasions and to know her and Mr. Bruce's wonderful family. You all are and will remain in my thoughts and prayers. Fondly, Mike

Mike Mackey Sep 30 2015 12:00 AM

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