Marjorie J. 'Midge' Bovenzi
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Loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister; 81
LEOMINSTER -- Marjorie J. "Midge" (Hannigan) Bovenzi, 81, a longtime resident of Leominster, died suddenly at her home on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
Mrs. Bovenzi leaves her loving and devoted husband of nearly 59 years, Frank G. Bovenzi; her six children, son, Thomas M. and his wife, Lynne Meschel-Bovenzi of Barre, son Frank J. and his wife, Dawn (Holman) Bovenzi of Westminster, son Peter E. and wife, Leslie (Sullender) Bovenzi of Lunenburg, daughter, Anne M. (Bovenzi) and husband, James Moriarty of Westminster, daughter, Mary Jane (Bovenzi) and partner, Dalia Panke of Vernon, CT, and son, Matthew J. and wife, Angela (Bond) Bovenzi of Sterling; as well as 15 beloved grandchildren, Erin E. Bovenzi, Kate N. Moriarty, Benjamin J. Moriarty, Samantha R. Bovenzi, Patrick F. Moriarty, Leah T. Bovenzi, Emily A. Bovenzi, Peter M. Bovenzi, Maximillian A. Panke, Nicolo G. Bovenzi, Giovanni F. Bovenzi, Katherine Bovenzi, Samuel A. Panke, Anna M. Bovenzi and Rocco F. Bovenzi. She also leaves her brother, James A. Hannigan of Tarpon Springs, FL; and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Bovenzi was predeceased by her sister, Marie J. Antonucci and brother, Leon "Huck" Hannigan.
She also leaves her brother, James A. Hannigan of Tarpon Springs, FL; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Bovenzi was predeceased by her sister, Marie J. Antonucci and brother, Leon "Huck" Hannigan.
Born in Leominster on November 17, 1931, Midge was the daughter of Leon A. and Jennie (Thompson) Hannigan. She grew up on Hall Street and spent many happy times visiting with her mother's relatives in nearby Clinton.
She was a lifelong parishioner of St. Leo's Church.
Midge graduated from Leominster High School Class of 1950 and remained ever active in organizing their celebratory reunions. After graduation, she attended Becker Junior College and the Winthrop School of Nursing before deciding to marry the love of her life and travel to Germany to live abroad for a year. Midge returned to Massachusetts with Frank to make their home and raise their family.
She is warmly remembered for her passion for houses, decorating and design, her talents in crewel embroidery, her delicious Italian cooking and her ability to create magically festive holidays for her children and grandchildren. Always an avid sports fan, she was a "soccer mom" before her time, attending countless cross country, wrestling, soccer, softball, football and other sporting events to cheer her children on. Nanny, to her grandchildren, she regaled them with stories of her Irish family and heritage.
Outside the home Midge pursued studies in special education at Fitchburg State College and found great joy and success in working with children with learning differences in the local schools. She later found a second career she also loved, working with her adult sons for many years as Office Manager for both Bovenzi Inc. and Geosearch. Beyond work and home, Midge took great pleasure in the beaches of Cape Cod and passed her love of sun and surf and sand on to her children. She was a founding member of the Leominster Italian American Club and the local Red Hat organization, "The Dames." Midge belonged to the Irish American Club, the Eagles and was an officer in Sons of Italy. And she was a proud member of the 1998 Sons of Italy State Women's Champion Bocce Team.
Words cannot describe her family's deep sense of loss at her passing. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She offered great care to family in time of need. She loved Life fiercely and lived it fully. She touched many hearts.
BOVENZI -- Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 8, from Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Road, Fitchburg, with a Mass at 11:30 a.m. in St. Leo's Church, 128 Main St., Leominster. Burial will follow Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster. Calling hours are Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial gifts be made to an organization very dear to Midge's heart: FOCUS CENTER FOR AUTISM INC., 126 Dowd Ave., Canton, CT 06019.
Brandon Funeral Home
305 Wanoosnoc Road Fitchburg, MA 01420
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2013