Eleanora “Nora” Josephine Bruno, 61, passed away at her home in Simi Valley, California on January 23. She was born in Kingston, New York on February 24, 1955. She grew up in Kingston, New York where her family operated the former Bruno’s American-Italian Restaurant. Nora took piano lessons for many years and developed a lifelong appreciation for music, theater, and the silver screen. As a young woman, she had had dreams of directing films one day and always loved watching the Academy Awards. After relocating to Southern California from New York, she married and was a stay-at-home parent for many years. Nora became very involved in supporting her daughter’s education and was a former PTA President. Nora later went back to school and received her AA from Moorpark College. She was working towards her BS in Business from Cal State University Channel Islands. Nora later worked for J.D. Power & Associates, Intuit, and was most recently employed at Davis Research. Nora will be remembered for her smile and laughter, and the way she created a family of friends- whom she often called her angels- wherever she went. Nora loved driving up the coast and watching sunsets, watching romantic movies, going to arts and crafts shows, and lunching with loved ones. She collected nativity scenes, Blue Sky cottages, and had an affinity for decorating with hearts, angels, bells, and teddy bears. Although she struggled for years with health concerns and other hardships, Nora was eternally optimistic and held on to her spiritual faith to guide her through many obstacles over the years. She will be missed greatly by those she had to leave behind. Nora is preceded in death by her father, Joseph Bruno and her mother, Maria Bruno. She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Burns Ho and son-in-law, Henry Ho; grandchildren, Avery Ho and Emily Ho; brother, Gene Bruno and his wife, April; brother, Tony Bruno and his wife, Debbie; brother, Lou Bruno and his wife, Gina; brother, Ron Bruno; nephew, Joseph Bruno; and niece, Justina Bruno. Nora’s wishes were to be cremated and her ashes scattered over the Channel Islands off the coast of Ventura County. A Life Celebration will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Lupus Foundation of America or The American Diabetes Association.