Mary ‘Pepper’ Termini, 71, artist known for her kindness, grace and generosity

Mary ‘Pepper’ Termini

Mary “Pepper” Termini, 71, passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at her home in Virginia Beach surrounded by her family.

Born in Maryland to Alphonse and Ruth Bruno, Pepper was raised in Norfolk. She graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School and Averett University.

Pepper met her loving husband, John, in 1968 in Rota, Spain. Following their marriage, Pepper and John lived in New Jersey and then Oklahoma, where their union brought forth two children, Angela and Christopher. After raising their family in Colonial Heights for 14 years, the couple returned to Pepper’s childhood home of Tidewater in 1997.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter, Pepper’s love for her family was unbounded. Through her kindness, grace and generosity, Pepper illuminated all who knew her. A lifelong artist, Pepper loved to draw. In retirement, she produced a number of graphite pencil works that captured her spiritual essence.

Pepper’s memory will live in her husband, John; daughter, Angela; son, Christopher, and his wife, Julie; grandsons, Jack and Michael; brothers, Francis A. Bruno and James A. Bruno; sisters, Catherine Wishnosky, Virginia Bowden and Marian Vollmer; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends who felt the warmth of Pepper’s love. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Alphonse Bruno Jr.; and sister, Ann Deaton.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach. The family will receive friends and family at the church at a reception after the Mass.

Please visit to make contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Pepper’s honor.

Share online condolences with the family at Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory.

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