Margaret M. Bunitsky
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AGE: 92 • Wilmington
Margaret Bunitsky, age 92, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on December 12, 2013, at Newark Manor in Newark, Delaware.
Born in Wilmington on April 8, 1921 to the late Josephine and Michael Buccio she was one of seven children. She was the loving wife for forty-nine years to the late Victor N. Bunitsky, Sr. Marge is survived by three sisters, Pauline Selvaggio, Mary Nicoletti, Jennie Winegar, and one brother, Samuel Buccio. She was predeceased by brother Joseph Buccio and sister Sophie Ellis.
Marge grew up doing the things for which she will be fondly remembered. From a young age she cooked and cleaned like a master, though her passion was gardening. While a young girl in Wilmington, she worked for several families taking care of their homes. She became the consummate homemaker.
Marge became fluent in Italian, Russian and Polish through family and neighborhood friends and was known for her hospitality and for being a woman of faith. Married at the beginning of World War II, Marge spent many years with the Bunitsky family while her husband served his country. While living with them, her natural gift for languages was enhanced.
In addition to learning to speak the languages of Wilmington her lifelong home, she became accomplished in cooking dishes from a variety of cultures. Her dining room was the center of family life, and drew in extended family and friends from far and near. Always a curious and skilled chef, Marge was eager to experiment and perfect. People from neighborhoods across Wilmington were welcome in her home and found cuisine there that they recognized. Marge encouraged all to eat heartily at her table and "mangia" was frequently heard at mealtime. She held court in the kitchen and around the table, espousing her view of how the world should be, and the finer points of homemade pasta and southern Italian flavors.
Marge spent many happy hours tending both flower beds and vegetable gardens. She was a local gardening enthusiast from necessity like so many of her generation. She reveled in passing on this value to her children and grandchildren. Her love for natural surroundings and knowledge of plants was cultivated over her life time and was her escape from the trials of life.
Marge leaves behind five children, Olga Foraker and Clinton of Nottingham, Pennsylvania; Victor and Diana Bunitsky of Virginia City, Montana; Kathleen Robinson and Gary of Newark, Delaware; Michael and Jan Daffern of Frederick, Maryland; and Gregory and Darlene Bunitsky of Wilmington, Delaware. She was the grandmother to eleven grandchildren, Tanya, Andrew and Aaron Foraker, Lisa (Bunitsky) Petersen, Victor and Bryon Bunitsky, Alyssa Blake (Robinson) McFarland, Michael, Matthew and Nicholas Bunitsky and Angela Nesci. Marge will also be missed by thirteen great-grandchildren, as well as by many loving nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at Emeritus at White Chapel, Newark Manor Nursing home and Compassionate Care Hospice for their wonderful care of our mother. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Compassionate Care Hospice, 702B Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, Delaware 19803
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 18th from 10 to 11 A.M. at McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Delaware 19803. A funeral service and celebration of Marge's life officiated by Father Vincent will follow the visitation at 11 A.M. Interment will be immediately following the service at Silverbrook Cemetery.
For online condolences visit: www.mccreryandharra.com 302-478-2204.
McCrery & Harra Funeral Home
3924 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE 19803
Published in The News Journal from Dec. 15 to Dec. 17, 2013