HOBOKEN, NJ – Friends, colleagues and neighbors from the Hoboken community have expressed their deep sympathies over the passing of Terry Cappiello LaBruno, the former educator and City Councilmember who passed away this week following a devastating stroke earlier this month.

“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,” said daughter Christina LaBruno, in a statement 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 math teacher in Hoboken for years before serving on the City Council during some of the most transformative phases of Hoboken’s history. She was appointed as Director of Health and Human Services, but left in 2009 to return to education—this time at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City.

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“Terry LaBruno touched the lives of so many people in our Mile Square and beyond. Sending my deepest condolences to her family and friends on her passing,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “May Terry’s memory continue to live on in Hoboken for years to come.”

Among the tributes pouring in, Fourth Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos, Jr. wrote that he is, “Heartbroken over the loss of Terry LaBruno,” adding,” she was an amazing friend, neighbor, mentor, and colleague. 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. Your Jefferson Street family loves you.”

Services will be held at Failla-McKnight Funeral Home on Friday, September 25 from 2-8 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday, September 26th, 11:00 am at Saint Ann’s Church in Hoboken.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “St. Peter’s Prep/Terry’s Mission Fund,” 144 Grand St. Jersey City, New Jersey 07302.

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