MALONE — Nancy Marie Mills Bruso, 59, of Malone, N.Y. and Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away very unexpectedly Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at the Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, N.Y. Born in Malone on Oct. 29, 1953, she was the oldest daughter of James F. and Mary Louise Vercesi Mills. Her parents predeceased her in 1993 and 2002, respectively.
On Oct. 12, 1974, she was married to Joseph M. Bruso at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fort Covington by the Rev. Eugene Beaudet and the Rev. T. Vinci. Her husband survives.
Nancy graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in Malone in 1972, along with her husband. While in high school, she received the Betty Crocker Baking Award. She graduated from Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. In 1974, with an A.S. in Accounting. In 1987, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Regents College, The State University of New York, now known as Excelsior College.
Mrs. Bruso worked for the Franklin County Department of Social Services from 1978-1986. In 1986, she purchased the former Leones Travel Agency and owned and managed that business as Gateway To Travel until 2002. From 1993 until 2009, Mrs. Bruso worked for Hospice of the North Country in many capacities as Director of Volunteer Services, Director of Development, Administrative Assistant and Support Investigator. She also worked as a Franklin County Court Attendant since 2003. In May of 2010 until present she began work as billing specialist for Dr. Nina Pierpont.
Nancy was involved in many community activities in the Malone area. She sat on the Board of Trustees for North Country Community College and served as Vice-President, Malone College Club and served as President, Holy Family Educational Council, North Franklin Theater Group Board of Directors and served as Treasurer, 1303 Club of Malone Lodge of Elks, Malone Town Republican Committee, One Worksource Board, Committee for Special Education as a parent representative, Malone Chamber of Commerce and served as President, Chairman of 1995 Malone Winter Carnival, Notre Dame Parish Council, Business and Professional Women, Clinton-Essex-Franklin-Hamilton Private Industry Council, Franklin County Senior Citizens Contract Committee, Franklin County Republican Committee and served as Vice Chairman and Treasurer and Malone District School of Religion .