Judith A. Bruen, known by all as Judy, a lifelong resident of Brewster, NY, died peacefully on May 16, 2021. She was 83 years old.
Judy was born on July 31, 1937, in Danbury, CT, daughter of the late John Raymond and Ann Elizabeth (O’Connor) Kilcoyne. Judy was a 1955 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Katonah. She continued her education at Good Counsel College in White Plains, NY receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1959, and later earning a master’s degree in education.
Judy married the love of her life William Paul Bruen on July 8, 1989 at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster. Paul predeceased his wife on April 14, 2015.
Mrs. Bruen was an educator, beginning her career at St. Lawrence O’Toole School in Brewster, NY. After a few years, she moved on to Samuel Staple Elementary School in Easton, CT where she taught until her retirement. Judy was a devoted Catholic. She was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, a member of the Catholic Daughters, and was a Secular Franciscan and Minister of the San Damiano Fraternity. She was a board member of the Brewster Carmel Garden Club and the treasurer of the Putnam County Children’s Committee. In addition to her time and personal commitment, Judy was a generous person supporting children’s causes beyond Putnam County, healthcare agencies, and many other charities, especially those of the Catholic faith.
Judy was the consummate hostess, accommodating friends and family during the annual birthday bash at her pool. In the comfort of her home, she enjoyed knitting and weaving, but also took advantage of many opportunities to travel far and wide. She and Paul enjoyed trips to Spain, Portugal, Japan, Italy, Bermuda, Ireland (several times, of course) and their annual pilgrimage to Freeport, Maine.
Judy is survived by her loving sisters; Mary Lou Lynch of Brookfield, CT and Eloise Viola of Pawling, NY, her 6 nieces and nephews and her 6 great nieces and nephews
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday May 24, 2021, at 10 AM at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church. Interment followed at St. Lawrence O’Toole Cemetery. Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster, NY assisted the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations in memory of Judy to The Putnam County Children’s Committee, https:// www.pccchildren.org/donate-now/ or Brewster Carmel Garden Club’s scholarship fund, c/o Donna Relyea, 134 Minor Road, Brewster, NY 10509.