Donna Bruchmann wasn’t just like any other mom – she was a super mom. Growing up, I could always count on her to be there for me no matter what – from cheering me on at every tennis match, rain or shine, to quizzing me on history facts, she was my biggest supporter and friend. She was the mom that always knew when to call – she had that sixth sense of knowing when my sister or I needed to hear a funny story or be reminded that she loved us. Donna had a passion for life. She loved traveling to Europe. She loved the Jersey Shore. She adored her beloved pets. But the biggest loves of her life were her two kids – Jessica Vogel and Caitlin Johnstone (Vogel).
One of the things I most admired about my mom was her sincere love of her work. Donna graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and continued her education achieving a Master’s from University of Pennsylvania concentrating her studies on Perinatal Clinical Nursing. After working as a Nurse Practitioner, she taught Nursing for many years, spending most of her time as a Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. Her love for nursing and passion to help people changed so many people’s lives, including mine.
When my sister Jessica, a genius chef with the biggest smile, who, by the way, was the best sister and daughter barnone, suddenly passed away in July of 2018, my mom was devastated. Her heart was broken forever, something I truly believe affected her last year of life. After contracting a bacteria that caused endocarditis, my mom was left with only one choice: to have open heart surgery. A surgery that she would not wake up from.
My mom leaves behind her heartbroken sisters, Melissa Bruchmann and Barbara Bogart, and myself, her daughter, Caitlin Johnstone. Although my mom was taken from us suddenly, her love and passion for life will live on within us forever.
Please join us in celebrating her life Saturday, August 31, 2019 between 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Boulevard Funeral Home.
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