Bruce M. Kusenda, 75, of Glendale, Arizona, formerly of Forest Park, died Oct. 4, 2014. Bruce leaves behind his wife, Karen (O’Brien), and twin sister Brenda Fojtik of Oak Park, his aunt Virginia Hosler of Galesburg, formerly of Forest Park, niece Amy James, several grand nephews and nieces, and cousins.
Bruce graduated from Grant White School in 1953, and last year attended their 60th reunion here in Forest Park. He was a 1957 graduate of Proviso High School. Throughout the years, Bruce kept in contact with several close school friends, and he and his wife Karen spent part of this summer driving across America to visit them.
Bruce was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army; he loved our country passionately and was not hesitant to criticize our government and politicians when he felt they were not responsive to the needs of the citizens. Life eventually took him to the Boston area, where he met his wife, Karen. Bruce spent many years as an insurance adjustor in Boston, establishing a home in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where visitors were always welcome. Escaping the brutal Gloucester winters, he and Karen retired to Arizona where he spent many happy hours either by their pool or on the golf course. Dinner was always preceded by a glass of wine or cocktail, and he and Karen worked together as a team in the kitchen — it was the highlight of their day. Bruce was active until the final few weeks of his life, and refused to give in to cancer until the very end.
Bruce embraced life, made friends easily and kept them for years. As a youngster, Bruce’s parents referred to him as “the popular twin” and his sister as “the quiet twin” and they were so right! He joyfully embraced all who attended the 60th reunion last year, and reminisced about it frequently. The love of his life was Karen, followed by his twin, and his country. To his sister, he was a hero.
No services were held. Bruce’s cremated remains will be scattered in Glendale at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Church in Oak Park.