Ethel Bryant Bonanno RN

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Ethel Bryant Bonanno, RN

NEW DURHAM - Ethel Bryant Bonanno, RN, 98, died peacefully at Scalabrini Villa Health Care Center in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Anthony M. Bonanno, MD.

Ethel was born in Berwick, Maine and graduated as Valedictorian of Berwick High School in 1932. She received her degree in nursing from the Massachusetts Memorial School of Nursing in Boston where she joined the nursing staff. She continued her nursing career at New York Orthopedic Hospital in White Plains, N.Y. and Portsmouth Hospital in Portsmouth. Ethel met her husband, Anthony, at Boston University and they married in May, 1939. He served as Captain in the Army Medical Corps from 1942 to 1946. After his tour of duty, Anthony returned to Berwick where he and Ethel established a family medical practice together. She was a member of the Massachusetts Memorial Alumni Association and New Hampshire Medical Society Auxiliary. Ethel was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church where she was instrumental in establishing the Gleaners and served as their first President. For many years she provided the altar flowers for the Sunday service. In appreciation for their lifetime of service to the community, Ethel and Anthony were honored at Berwick's Heritage Day Ceremony in 1990. They spent their retirement years at Merrymeeting Lake in New Durham, NH and Naples, Fla.

Ethel saw beauty in everything and loved to walk along the ocean. She enjoyed her flower gardens and created beautiful hooked and braided rugs. She was the loving mother of Judith Bonanno Rose of Block Island, RI and Anthony M. Bonanno, Jr. of New Durham. She also leaves 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

There are no calling hours. A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, Berwick, Maine. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her memory are encouraged to: Scalabrini Villa Health Care Center, 860 North Quidnessett Road, North Kingstown, R.I. 02852.

Arrangements are in care of Laing-Bibber Funeral Chapel, 36 Rochester Street, Berwick, Maine 03901.

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Published in Fosters from Apr. 25 to Apr. 28, 2013