A funeral mass will be held at St. Ann’s Church on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. to honor the passing of former Hoboken Councilwoman Terry Cappiello LaBruno.
LaBruno passed away at the age of 63 in the presence of her devoted family on Sept. 21.
“It’s with unimaginable sadness that we share the passing of our beautiful mother and our father’s bride. The brightest light, the warmest heart, the biggest smile,” wrote her daughter Christina LaBruno on social media. “We will love her forever, and miss her always. Thank you for the prayers and support you have given in these final days. The outpouring my mother received the last three weeks was overwhelming, but not surprising. We will always be grateful.”
LaBruno was a born and raised Hoboken resident, educator, and councilwoman.
She served on the Hoboken City Council as an At-Large Councilwoman for four years from 2005 to 2009.
During her time on the council she supported the local hospital, sponsored legislation resulting in greater public access to council meetings through the televising of all council meetings, and voted to create an open space fund.
“Heartbroken over the loss of Terry LaBruno … she was an amazing friend, neighbor, mentor, and colleague,” said Councilman Ruben Ramos. “We’ve been neighbors since I was 10 years old, and she was truly the most authentic and genuine person I have ever met. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband Joe and their three amazing daughters. I’m going to miss seeing her and talking politics, sports, family, and teaching. What I’m going to miss more is watching the love her and her husband Joe have for one another, was truly special…”
“As a mom, educator and dedicated member of our Hoboken community, Terry LaBruno touched the lives of so many people in our mile square and beyond,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “Sending my deepest condolences to her family and friends on her passing. May Terry’s memory continue to live on in Hoboken for years to come.”
As an educator, LaBruno taught math for The Academy of Sacred Heart, Saint Mary’s High School, and Saint Peter’s Preparatory School.
Upon her retirement from St. Peter’s Prep in 2018, LaBruno helped Prep students at the Browning Center.
LaBruno is survived by her husband Joseph, her children Danielle, Tia, and Christina, her granddaughter Lena, her sons-in-law Nicholas and Tim, her sister Rose Cappiello and brothers Anthony, Joseph, and Daniel Cappiello and sister-in-law Maureen Cappiello, as well as many nieces and nephews.
The Funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m. at Saint Ann’s Church at 704 Jefferson St. in Hoboken.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Funeral Mass will have a maximum capacity of 85 people.
However, Saint Ann’s Church will stream the mass online at https://youtu.be/ATBri8c2_ww.
Relatives and friends are invited for a continuous visitation on Friday, Sept. 25 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Failla Memorial Home, 533 Willow Ave. in Hoboken.
Parking is available behind the memorial home off Sixth Street.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to “St. Peter’s Prep/Terry’s Mission Fund,” 144 Grand St. Jersey City, New Jersey 07302