Mary Ann's Story
MaryAnn ( Bruno) Forbes passed away at home after a brief illness. She was born and raised in Niagara Falls; eldest of nine children born to Joseph and Flora Bruno. She excelled in academics, loved to swim and read. After graduating from New York State Teachers College in Buffalo, she taught the fifth grade at Niagara Street School.
Several years later, she moved to San Jose, California. There she continued her work, married Earl Forbes and raised two lovely daughters; both daughters became highly successful school teachers as well. Mary Ann spent the rest of her career in the Alum Rock School District, the largest school district, in San Jose; first as a teacher and then as a reading specialist. After earning a Master's Degree in early Childhood Education, she focused on working in administration. She became the first female "District Curriculum Coordinator" and in 1981, Mary Ann was awarded the title of "Administrator of the Year," for her outstanding work as principal of Meyer Elementary School and her significant contributions to district activities. She dedicated her life's work to helping others achieve their true potential.
After retiring, she moved to Encinitas, CA to more actively participate in her church, The Self Realization Fellowship. There she studied, practiced meditation and voluntarily performed tasks supporting the operation of the church. Later, she returned to San Jose, CA to be closer to her family.
In 2001 while traveling in India she committed to sponsoring the education of a school boy through the "World Family Foundation. " She maintained that financial and moral support until the young man graduated from college; she found great pride and joy in this activity.
Although she was passionate about her work, family activities took priority. Throughout her life, she maintained communication and involvement with her extended families of which there were many siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and in-laws. She hosted and attended yearly holiday gatherings with extended family members and friends. Family ties would necessitate travel throughout California, Nevada, Oregon, and to Niagara Falls.
Throughout her life, she never stopped working on self improvement. Mary Ann had a passion for helping others that continued beyond her work. She inspired everyone she met do better in life. Friends and family alike will always remember her love of learning and self improvement, her devotion to family and her compassion for all.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Earl Forbes, daughter Deborah and sister Rosalie. She is survived by daughter Brenda and husband Scott Christenson; grandchildren Natalie and Gregory; Sisters Francine Bruno of Dunkirk NY; Carolyn (Bruno) Strott of New Port Richie, Fl; brothers Salvatore Bruno of Niagara Falls, NY; John Bruno of Hamburg, NY; Larry Bruno of Jupiter, Fl; Joseph Bruno of Hamilton, MT; and Thomas Bruno of San Raphael, CA; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends in California, Nevada and Western New York. Rest in peace Mary Ann; we all miss you.
Please consider a donation "In honor of Mary Ann (Bruno) Forbes" to the "World Family Foundation," (www.worldfamilyfnd.org; or World Family Foundation, P.O. Box 351, Ojai, California 93024)
Published on March 1, 2018