Mary Ann Bonavita
She was born on Sept. 30, 1944 in East Rush, PA the daughter of the late Gerald E. (Oct. 3, 1987) and Helen M. Yucas Bullock (Jan. 11, 1997).
She was a 1962 graduate of Elk Lake High School and a 1963 graduate of Empire Beauty School.
Mary Ann married John J. Bonavita on March 30, 1963. They would have celebrated their 50th anniversary this March.
In her early years she worked for Bendix Corp. in South Montrose. She also had her own beauty shop in Meshoppen. In 1966, she and John purchased a farm in Auburn, which is known today as the Jon-Ann Farms, and is still run by the family. Mary Ann also served as a Judge of Elections in Auburn Twp. for several years.
She is a member of the St. Bonaventure’s/St. Joachim’s Churches of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. She loved attending 4-H Dairy Shows to watch and help with her children and grandchildren at the Wyoming, Harford, Luzerne and Bloomsburg Fairs, as well as at the All American Dairy Show and the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Years ago she enjoyed coaching the Auburn softball and a Bonavita Farm softball team. Most importantly, what she enjoyed best of all was doing things with her family.
Besides her husband, John, she is survived by her children, John J. Bonavita, Jr., Cherie A. Bonavita, Cindy L. Bonavita, Patty L. Bonavita, Chris B Bonavita, Lori M. Bonavita and Stanley J. Bonavita and his wife, Jennifer, all of Auburn; her grandchildren, Alex J., Kyle R., Austin J. and Autumn J. Bonavita; her brother, Chuck Bullock of Auburn Center; her sister, Geraldine Mokris and husband, Myron of Auburn Center; her extended family, Kevin Palmer and Nicole “Nicki” Brooks, both of Springville, as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Stanley J. Bullock (Jan. 1, 1976).
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, and a Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. at the St. Joachim’s Roman Catholic Church in Meshoppen with Fr. Joseph Manarchuck of the church officiating. Interment was at the Jersey Hill Cemetery in Meshoppen. Family and friends called at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, on Monday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 3:45 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in Mary Ann’s name to the Susquehanna County 4-H, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801.