Mary Bonfante

August 12 1925 - January 30 2024

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Visitation :

St. Andrew Catholic Church
Monday February 5th 2024 9:30-10:30 am

1899 McCoy Road
Columbus Ohio 43220



Funeral Mass
Monday February 5th 2024 at 10:30 am

St. Andrew Catholic Church
1899 McCoy Road
Columbus , Ohio 43220


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Mary Bonfante, age 98 passed away on January 30, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Mary was an inspiration to all who knew her. She immigrated to the United States from Italy as a young girl with her parents Vincenzo and Josephine Gasbarro and her three brothers. She grew up in Grandview Heights, Ohio, and married John Bonfante as a young woman. John and Mary raised their five children in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Mary was known by her family for her strong faith and love of our Lord. She was the first one at 6:30 am Mass at St. Andrew Parish five days a week and could be found praying in church often after work. Many bore witness to her presence in the church and remember her as the quintessential Italian mother praying for her family. Mary did not have to speak to leave an impression on others; it was her innate joy and holiness that people noticed. Some call her "legendary" as she took great joy in heading to her son's restaurant, Vincenzo's, six days a week, after mass, for a full day of cooking her delicious Italian recipes and making pasta. Many would see her working long hours through the age of 96. Mary was petite but mighty in her strength and resilience, which seemed to grow as she aged. She was the Italian matriarch who always took care of others before herself. Family meant everything to Mary, which was evidenced in her pastry trays, she spent weeks preparing, at Christmas time for each family, her thoughtful cards for everyone's birthdays and anniversaries, and her gentle presence at family gatherings. Her grandchildren call themselves blessed and say she loved them unconditionally which was a once in a lifetime experience. Some remember her being at every special event, noting how she would cook something extra special without ever complaining. Others remember watching old movies with her, listening to classical music, and playing dress up as children in her beautiful clothes. Mary would light up with joy at seeing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren walk in the room. She could be found on Christmas Eve sitting on the sofa with them while the family celebrated the Feast of Seven Fishes, a Bonfante tradition. The love that Mary shared with her family will live on and her quiet, yet powerful faith, will continue to inspire all who knew her. A visitation will be held on Monday, Feb 5, 2024 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. followed by Funeral Mass at St. Andrew Parish, 1899 McCoy Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio, 43220. Mary is survived by and will be greatly missed by her children, Louis Bonfante; his children, Daniella (Russ) Fisher and Louis Bonfante Jr., Peggy (Mark) Favret; and their children, Peter (Corina) Favret, Patrick (Kelsey) Favret, and Johnny (Kathy) Bonfante; and their children, Ian Bonfante, Lauren (John Weiss) Bonfante, Kylee (Rob McCormick) Bonfante, and Jimmy Bonfante; and his children, Gus Bonfante and Lana Bonfante; and Bobby (Angela) Bonfante; and their children, Joey (Olesya) Bonfante, Betsy Bonfante, and Sophie Krencik. Mary is also survived by her seven great-grandchildren; Johnny and Madeline McCormick, Nicolas, Thomas, and Vincent Weise, Linden and Liliana Fisher, and Ellie Bonfante; Brothers, Gino Gasbarro and Alio Gasbarro. Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 41 years John Bonfante; grandson, David Favret; brother, Nick (Marilyn) Gasbarro; and daughter-in-law, Linda Bonfante. It was Mary's wish that any donations be made to St. Andrew Parish, Upper Arlington, Ohio or to Kobacker House (links are below). The family would like to thank Kobacker House for their tremendous care and support these last seven months and Griswold Home Care for their loving care of Mary and most especially her "Bestie" Afua, who was heaven sent.


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Condolences for Mary Bonfante

From : The J L Favret Family
To : The Bonfante Famiy
Date: January 31st 2024

Our hearts are saddened but we rejoice with the Bonfante family that Mary has entered the kingdom of heaven and is at peace with the Lord. Remember the love she shared with all of us through her 98 years in our lives. God, keep her by your side in the peace of your love as we all await the ressurrection, when we will see her again.
From : Robert and Jean Bauer
To : Louis Peggy John James
Date: February 2nd 2024

Jean and I will be remembering you in our prayers. What a lovely Lady and family. We are sorry not to be in Columbus on Monday, but will be thinking of you.
From : Julie Ann Giammona
To : Bonfante Family
Date: February 3rd 2024

How hard it is be to let someone of Mary’s grace leave this world. To me, Mary was “Aunt Mary from Columbus Ohio,” my special, beautiful aunt who maintained the same hairstyle her entire life and never looked like she aged one day. My first memory of Aunt Mary is from 1968 when she, Uncle John and Jimmy and Bobby came to California and our families went to Lake Tahoe together. What a trip that was! Bobby fell off the deck of the cabin and Jimmy and my mom couldn’t get their canoe back to shore! Through it all, Aunt Mary stayed so calm. She just exuded peace and serenity. I felt so loved in her presence. How grateful I was when she and Uncle John flew out to California for my wedding which would not have been complete without their presence. My mother Joan loved Aunt Mary so much and appreciated her support throughout her life. Aunt Mary was the quintessential, elegant Italian Matriarch who will be cherished in my heart forever. I now envision her in the arms of our loving God who she was devoted. And I praise God for allowing me to be blest by such a special aunt.
From : Barbara Anderson
To : Bonfante Family
Date: February 3rd 2024

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother, Mary. She was a very special lady of true grace and class. I am honored to have known her and ever grateful that she was Ian’s loving Nini. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
From : The Mark Merchant Family
To : The Bonfante Family
Date: February 3rd 2024

Mrs. Bonfante was the epitome of class. We can only hope to begin to emulate her grace. We are praying for peace for all of you and sympathize with the loss of your amazing role model. God bless you all.
From : Afua
To : Bonfante family
Date: February 4th 2024

My heartfelt condolences to you, Bonfante family. l'm so sorry for your loss.

l have known Mary for just one year and six months, but lt seems l have known her for decades. we click on the first day we met. l have a wonderful momories of the short time went spent together. l am so honored to have known you. you are such an amazing person, and you will be sorely missed. Nini, my bestie, you are and always bein my thought and prayers.

l know you are really close to us because, people we love don't leave us.

Rest well my dearest bestie Nini, rest well. May God keep your gentle soul🙏🏾
From : Trisha Smith
To : John Bonfante and Family
Date: February 5th 2024

Please know my prayers and thoughts are with you all.