Ipswich — Alma M. (Martel) Bruni, 84, wife of the late Joseph J. Bruni, died early Tuesday morning May 7, 2013, in the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a brief illness.
Born in Ipswich on March 5, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Joseph P. and Josephine (Gillis) Martel.
Alma was raised and educated in Ipswich. She very much enjoyed working as a soda jerk at Quint's Drug Store during high school. She then trained to be a nanny and worked with a family in Brookline. Upon returning to Ipswich, she and a dear friend opened the Jack and Jill nursery school on High Street. During the early years of her marriage, Alma worked with her husband to run the family farm stand on Essex Road which, over the years, grew to become the Bruni Marketplace. She volunteered for many years at the Ipswich Visitor Center and previously was a greeter at the former Cable Memorial Hospital. She was proud to have been featured in the 2011 book, "People and Place: Oral Histories and Portraits of Ipswich Seniors." Her friends and family will remember her as someone who loved to dance and sing. Alma was a lifelong communicant of the former St. Joseph Catholic Church, later to become Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church of Ipswich.
Alma is survived by her three children, Carol Grimes, John Bruni, and Peter Bruni, all of Ipswich; her granddaughter, Kelly Grimes and her husband, Scott O’Dowd, of Brookline; her sister, Janice Martel of Plum Island; and many nieces and nephews. Alma was also predeceased by her daughter, Paula Bruni, formerly of Ipswich, and her four siblings, Doris Hinckley, Howard Martel, Evelyn Tremblay, and Paul Martel, all formerly of Ipswich.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, 54 Linebrook Road, Ipswich. Burial will be in the New Highland Cemetery, 29 Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Visiting hours to be Friday, May 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Morris Funeral Home, 45 North Main Street, Ipswich, relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Alma Bruni’s name to the Ipswich Council on Aging, 25 Green Street, Ipswich. For directions or to send a condolence to the Bruni family please visit www.MorrisFH.com.