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Madeline Hale Bruno
  • In Madeline's memory, donations can be made to:
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
    PO Box 308
    Baldwin, LA 70514

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“I was employed for many years in the local banking industry & Madeline wasone of our most cheerful customers. We always took pleasure in her...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: LEONARD BATTAGLIA - Franklin, LA

“So sorry to hear the news about your mom~Martha, Sarah, and Kay. I have so many great childhood memories of her and all of you. Know that I will keep...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Brenda G Willis - Lafayette, LA

“It is always hard to lose your mother. She was a lovely lady ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Linda Abbott - Covington, LA

“Bruno Family,Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Our mom just adored your mom and their friendship was everlasting. Both of them are such...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Alice Michie Gunter - TX

“Dear Martha, Sarah and KayYour mother was a very kind and gentle woman. She was beautiful inside and out, and loved by all who knew her! It was...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Marguerite Ruskoski Siess - TX

“Whenever I met up with Madeline, always a big smile and friendly conversation. A truly lovely person. Rest in Peace my friend, you will be missed. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Linda Aguzin - New Iberia, LA

“Extremely smart, wonderful long time friend and classmate.My family and I share your grief and extend our deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Tommy...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Thomas Peterson - Arlington, TX

“I remember always remember her laugh. ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Paula Hale - Houston, TX - Family

“Our deepest sympathy to Martha, Sarah, Kay and all of Ms. Madeline's family. She was a wonderful friend and neighbor and a beautiful person. We will...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Ellen Hebert - Baldwin, LA

“Girls, I am so sorry for the passing of your mom. She was such a fine lady. We had lots of coffee times together, laughing. Praying for your comfort ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Janice Loeding - Lafayette, LA

“Being great friends to her daughters made her feel like a 2nd mom to me. She was my confirmation sponsor. She worked for my dad. I will always...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Karen Robicheaux Hebert Zollinger - NM

“So sorry for your loss. Keeping the family in my prayers. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Mae Clarkston - Franklin, LA

“So sorry for your loss. She was so sweet.. We used always meet at the post office in Baldwin. She was always smiling. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Cindy Bourque Newton - Baldwin, LA

“So sorry for your loss. I remember when Kay and I were living in Lafayette all the awesome kind stories of your mom. May God wrap his arms around...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Wanda D. Trahan - Maurice, LA

“Ms. Madeline was beautiful inside and out., i will miss our talks around Christmas time, My prayers go out to her girls and family. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Nancy Tardiff - Erath, LA

“Aunt Madeline's was such a beautiful and strong woman in so many ways. My heart goes out to all of you. lots of love!Anne Chelton(Aunt Marjorie's...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Anne Chelton - Orange Park, FL

“Sheila ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Prejean - Spring, TX - Friend

“Offering our deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. May Ms. Madeline rest in God's eternal peace and may...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: the staff of Ibert's Mortuary - LA

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Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 22, 2017, during a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Baldwin for Madeline Hale Bruno, a native of Franklin and 56 year resident of Baldwin who passed away at the age of 80 on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Louisiana Extended Care in Lafayette. Following the Mass, Madeline will be laid to rest in the Franklin Cemetery. Father Cedric Sonnier will be the Celebrant for the Mass and conduct the services. Serving as pallbearers will be A. J. LaCroix, Daniel Parker, Francis James, Timothy James, Robert Hale, Bryan Hale, and Robert J. Bruno.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Tuesday, February 21, at Ibert's Mortuary in Franklin from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., with the Holy Rosary being prayed at 7:00 p.m. Visiting hours will resume at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Baldwin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until Mass time.

Madeline grew up in Franklin and married her true love, A.J., on February 6, 1954. They moved their young family to Baldwin in 1960. She faced her husband's untimely death in 1969 and the daunting task of caring for her children alone with courage and grace. She raised three strong daughters who brought much joy to her life. She was blessed to have the love and support of her siblings and she loved their children as her own. Her family was uniquely close and subsequent generations have learned to embrace this. She exuded warmth and love that others felt in her presence. She was known for her smile and her nonjudgmental nature. She was passionate about music, especially classical music and opera. However, she surprised us by recently attending a Willie Nelson concert. She hosted an annual family crawfish boil for over 30 years and cherished many lifelong friendships. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Those left to cherish her memory include her three daughters, Martha B. Wyatt and her husband Stephen of Lafayette, Sarah B. Caffery and her husband Gordon of Covington, and Kay B. Parker of The Woodlands, TX; four siblings, Daisy H. Crowell, Joyce H. Burns, Ruth Ann H. James, and Ronald J. Hale; seven grandchildren, Clare W. Allen, Leah C. Wyatt, Amy L. Malley, Erin L. Texada, A. J. LaCroix, Rachel P. Gerke, and Daniel L. Parker; four great grandchildren, Jack R. Malley, Bennett J. Malley, Miller T. Texada, and Greyson R. Gerke; as well as numerous loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Anthony "A. J." Bruno; eight siblings, Elnora Rand, Ursula Hale, Lillian Hale, Edward Hale, Lawrence Hale, Eunice Driskill, Flora Mae Naquin, and Malcolm Hale; one granddaughter, Lauren E. LaCroix; and one son-in-law, Lynn Parker.

In Madeline's memory, donations can be made to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, PO Box 308, Baldwin, LA 70514.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert's Mortuary, Inc., 1007 Main Street, Franklin, LA 70538, (337) 828-5426.