Dr. Elena W. Parisi Bruno: Attended North Yarmouth Academy

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NORTH WALES, Pa. — Dr. Elena W. Parisi Bruno, 88, of North Wales, died Jan. 14, at Abington Hospice in Warminster.

Born in Meridan, Connecticut, she was a daughter of Dr. Fiore Agesilao Parisi and Frances Dolores Parisi.

Bruno spent much of her life in Maine, where she graduated from North Yarmouth Academy. She  earned her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines Still College of Osteopathy and Surgery. Bruno was a true pioneer in the medical profession, as she was the only woman in her graduating class. She also invented a prototype of a pacifier.

Following medical school she completed a residency in pediatrics.

For the last 20 years, Bruno was a distinguished member of the Medical Department of the city of Philadelphia, Court of Common Pleas, Family Court Division.  In that capacity Bruno provided medical treatment to children who were victims of physical and sexual abuse.

She was recognized as a stellar diagnostician by her colleagues, who endearingly referred to her as “Dr. STAT.”

Bruno will be remembered as a tenacious, fun-loving woman who loved to make people laugh and aspired to be a clown, but was also quite devoted to Jesus Christ.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Giovanni Bruno; two brothers, Dr. Herbert Parisi and Dr. Nunzio Parisi; and a sister, Frances Parisi.

Bruno is survived by two daughters, Caterina R. Gibson and Lucia F. Bruno, Esq.; two grandchildren, Nicole Caraher and Tyler Gibson; a great-granddaughter, Elena Rose Caraher; one brother, Lawrence Parisi; and three sisters, Angelina Olenczak, Antoinette Doyle and Maria Vowles.

Funeral services were held Jan. 19 in Pennsylvania; interment will follow in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Prospectville, Pennsylvania.