Anita M. Bruce

(July 19, 1936 - December 12, 2013)

If humility defined is the freedom from thinking about oneself at all, Anita is the truest example of it. Anita always put others first–her family, her many, many friends, and even the patients at Dr. Vincent Rea’s dental practice.
Originally from Oregon State, Anita married her high school sweetheart, Ross William Bruce and moved to the East Coast so he could attend the University of Pennsylvania. Before his passing in 1973, their lives were blessed by their children, Douglas of Beverly, N.J., Dr. Christopher (Lisa) of Wayne, Pa. and Julie Musicant (David) of Franklin Lakes, N.J. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Sarah and Lauren Bruce and Casey and Ross Musicant, as well as by her brother, Mel Mori (Louise) of Oregon and nephew, Dino Mori of Washington.
Come celebrate Anita’s 77 witty, sarcastic and selfless years, (July 19, 1936 to Dec. 12, 2013) Friday from 5 p.m. at the Sweeney Funeral Home, Beverly, where a time of remembrance and stories will follow at 7.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Animal Orphanage, P.O. Box 1363, 419 Cooper Road, Voorhees, NJ 08043.
Come share a memory of Anita at the Web site listed below.
Sweeney Funeral Home

11 thoughts on “Anita M. Bruce

  1. Michael Bird

    Chris & Family,

    It is with deep sorrow that we heard about the passing of your beloved mother. She was such a delight, a quick wit and loving soul. Our thoughts and prayers are indeed with you during this difficult time.

    In loving sympathy,

    Michael and Terri Bird

  2. Tina Bird Compton

    Dear Chris, Doug and Julie,

    I am deeply sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a great delight in my life for the past 30+ years who always made me smile and laugh every time I saw her. I will think of her forever with such fond memories. She is definitely one of those people you never forget because of how great fun and extremely caring she was all of the time and at the same time. Your mom touched my heart and I can not imagine the pain you are feeling with her loss. May she rest in peace now.

    Warm Regards,
    Tina Bird Compton

  3. Leigh Cicchino

    For years, we have been patients at Dr. Rea’s office. Anita would always greet us, ask about the family, and make her quick witted remarks. We will miss you!!
    The Cicchino Family

  4. Angela Kucher

    Dear Chris, Doug, and Julie,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss her smile and her sarcastic humor. I can honestly say she is the only reason I looked forward to going to the dentist. She would give me usual hard time and then she would update me on your lives. She was so proud of you all.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Angela Kucher and family

  5. Gene O'Hara

    Julie, Doug & Chris,
    My deepest condolences. As I told Julie, your Mother will always be remembered in our home. Anita introduced Linda & I at Josh & Molly’s. I think it was more that she assured Linda that I was not some near criminal.
    Gene & Linda O’Hara

  6. Beverly Evensen

    Doug, Chris, & Julie,

    Your mom was a neighbor and friend in Willingboro. We saw you kids grow up with ours. I remember Doug with a baseball bat, Chris with a fancy car, and Julie in a cheer leading outfit as if it were yesterday.

    Your mom “adopted” my friend Bunny, Seiko, and many other funny, loving caring women. Your house was the hub of laughter, cards, and stories. The Syvertsons and Espisitos were frequently present, so y our house was like an old fashioned boarding house.

    In recent years, I saw her at the Acme or other stores. I knew about her stay at Deborah. She always teased me about the schools and other things. Most of all, she was proud of your kids..all of you. That we had in common, as mothers.

    She was the “Robin Williams of Burlington County” and would give you her last $5.00. er like will not be seen again.

    I just learned of her death from Rachel. My sympathies to you all.

    Beverly Evensen

  7. Debbie Sullivan Nemshick

    Julie, Chris and Doug

    Not sure if you remember me and my family but we lived next door to you in Willingboro back in the late 60′s. My parents considered your parents best friends. We moved to Maryland in 69 and my Mom had twins the year later. I still remember staying with you while my mom delivered the babies. Your mom was so fun and nice she had a special candy cabinet that I remember her letting us go and pick what ever we wanted. Julie I remember your dad built you a glass doll house that we would play with for hours. Wenhad so many fond memories of all of you through the years and we always wished we had stayed in touch. My Dad passed away in 2004 and my Mom passed the year after your Mom in 2014. Your mom passed away on my Mom’s last birthday that she was here. Sorry to be writing this so long after her passing but I just happened to google her name to see where she may be and sadly found her obituary. Sending our love and condolences on the loss of your dear Mom.

    Debbie Sullivan Nemshick

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